Friday, November 1, 2013

Youth waterfowl hunts at Managed Waterfowl Hunt Areas in Michigan

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Bring your young hunter to one of Michigan’s Managed Waterfowl Hunt Areas (MWHAs) in November for a memorable hunting experience. Hunters can choose from several dates and locations. Parties with at least one youth will be given priority in the draw at all five MWHAs:
Nov. 2 – Fish Point State Wildlife Area (p.m. hunt) in Unionville
Nov. 2 – Fennville Farm Unit of the Allegan State Game Area (a.m. hunt) in Fennville
Nov. 8 – Harsens Island Managed Hunt Area (p.m. hunt) on Harsens Island
Nov. 9 – Shiawassee River State Game Area (p.m. hunt) in St. Charles
Nov. 10 – Pointe Mouillee State Game Area (a.m. hunt) in Rockwood
Fennville Farm and Pointe Mouillee will host their youth hunts in the morning only. Fish Point, Harsens Island and Shiawassee River will host their youth hunts in the afternoon only. Drawings for morning hunts will occur at 5:30 a.m. and for afternoon hunts at 11 a.m. Harsens Island will draw at 11:30 a.m.

Youth priority drawings are available for hunting parties with at least one youth and up to two adults (maximum party size is four). All youth participating in these priority hunts must be properly licensed to hunt. Youth hunters 9 years old and younger must be accompanied by a qualified Mentored Youth Hunting Program mentor.

At the Fennville Farm Unit of the Allegan State Game Area, only parties including youth hunters will be allowed to hunt, and only youth will be permitted to shoot during this youth hunt.

Don’t forget that the Wetland Wonders Challenge, sponsored by Consumers Energy, runs until Jan. 31, 2014. Youth and adult hunters that hunt at three MWHAs can be entered in the contest. Seven winners will be chosen to win ultimate waterfowl hunting prize packages valued at $1,000, including a "Golden Ticket" that’s good for one first-choice pick at an MWHA for the 2014-15 season (non-reserved). Check out www.michigan.gov/wetlandwonders for contest terms and conditions.

The Wetland Wonders Challenge is part of the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy (MWL), which is a 10-year, cooperative partnership to restore, conserve and celebrate Michigan's waterfowl, wetland and waterfowl hunting community. The initiative is a "call to action" to honor yesterday, engage today and build for tomorrow. To learn more about the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy, visit www.michigan.gov/mwl or look for MWL on Facebook.