Design the 2015 Turkey Patch!
Michigan K-12 students can submit a design in a contest for the 2015 Michigan Wild Turkey Management Cooperator Patch. ...Click here for contest rules.
Report Your Fall Turkey Hunting
The DNR is asking fall turkey hunters to fill out a short survey to report their hunting success. ...Click here to go to the survey.
Wild turkeys carve out place in Michigan
Rives Township, Mich. — The wild turkey’s comeback in Michigan has some crowing, but it’s also ruffling a few feathers.
The sometimes noisy birds are plentiful throughout the state and hunters bag about 40,000 a year. That’s quite the turnaround for the state. By the early 1900s, gobblers and hens had been wiped out by habitat loss and unregulated hunting.
“We went from having lots of wild turkeys to zero turkeys by the turn of the century,” said Al Stewart, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources upland game bird specialist. “Michigan wasn’t alone in this decline of wild turkeys. It was one of the later states to lose their birds.”
Efforts to restore Michigan’s wild turkey population have been so successful, the bird’s numbers have reached an estimated 200,000. To control the number of birds, the state has two hunting seasons annually. The fall season ended Nov. 14.
The return of the birds, which average 20 pounds and can grow up to 4 feet long, has not been welcome by everyone. ...Read more.
Ken Buchholtz named one of Field and Stream's "Heroes of Conservation"
After recovering from a kidney transplant in 2007, Buchholtz was inspired to give wheelchair-bound people the opportunity to hunt or shoot. ...Read More.
Bob Garner inducted into MUCC Conservation Hall of Fame
From the MUCC Annual Convention recap..."The Annual Convention allows us a chance to honor individuals and groups that have made significant contributions to the cause of conservation in Michigan. Headlining this year’s awards ceremony was the induction of Bob Garner into the Conservation Hall of Fame. This is an extraordinary honor that is not given lightly nor awarded every year. As a legislative aide instrumental in the formation of the Natural Resources Trust Fund, longtime host of Michigan Out-of-Doors TV, Natural Resources Commissioner and a member of the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board, Garner’s contributions to conservation are matched only by his positive personality." Garner is also a member of the NWTF Michigan Board of Directors.
Trap-and-transfer effort boosts northern Michigan turkey population
When Michigan began rebuilding its wild turkey population in the 1950s, Allegan County was the center of the effort. Birds were brought in from Pennsylvania and were released there. But as the population grew and expansion became a possibility, Michigan wildlife managers began looking north. ...Read More.
Gourmet Gone Wild brings conservation to the table
The chafing trays are labeled with dishes that you won't ordinarily see at happy hour: Tuscan venison meatballs, wild turkey mole', and cedar-planked steelhead. Welcome to Gourmet Gone Wild, a cooperative program designed to give young urban professionals a taste of the wild side of food. ...Read More.