Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Youth waterfowl hunts set for October, November at Michigan's managed waterfowl hunt areas

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The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters to bring their young hunters to one of Michigan's managed waterfowl hunt areas in October and November for a memorable experience. Hunters can choose from several dates and locations. Parties with at least one youth will be given priority in the draw at all seven locations:
  • Oct. 25 – Nayanquing Point Wildlife Area (afternoon hunt only) in Pinconning
  • Oct. 26 – Muskegon County Wastewater (morning and afternoon hunts) in Twin Lake
  • Nov. 1  Fish Point State Wildlife Area (afternoon hunt only) in Unionville
  • Nov. 1  Fennville Farm Unit of the Allegan State Game Area (morning hunt only) inFennville
  • Nov. 8  Shiawassee River State Game Area (afternoon hunt only) in St. Charles
  • Nov. 9  Pointe Mouillee State Game Area (morning hunt only) in Rockwood
  • Nov. 14  Harsens Island Managed Hunt Area (afternoon hunt only) on Harsens Island 

Drawings will occur at 5:30 a.m. for the youth morning hunts and at 11 a.m. for the youth afternoon hunts (except at Harsens Island, which takes place at 11:30 a.m.).

Youth priority drawings are available for hunting parties with at least one youth (16 and younger) 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.

For more information about hunting the managed waterfowl hunt areas, visit www.michigan.gov/wetlandwonders.

The Wetland Wonders Challenge, sponsored by Consumers Energy, runs until Jan. 31, 2015. Youth and adult hunters that hunt at three managed waterfowl hunt areas can be entered in the contest, and participants can hunt at more than three of the seven locations for additional contest entries. Seven winners will be chosen to win ultimate waterfowl-hunting prize packages valued at $1,500, including a "golden ticket" that's good for one first-choice pick at a managed waterfowl hunt area for the 2015-16 season (non-reserved). See www.michigan.gov/wetlandwonders for contest terms and conditions.

The Wetland Wonders Challenge is part of the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy, 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. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/mwl or look for MWL on Facebook.