Winners of the Consumers Energy-sponsored Wetland Wonders Challenge, hosted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan United Conservation Clubs, recently were awarded their prize packages at the Shiawassee River State Game Area in St. Charles, Michigan.
To be entered in the drawing, participants had to hunt at three or more of the seven southern Michigan Wetland Wonders. The seven winners of the 2015 Wetland Wonders Challenge are Gene Tornow of Center Line, Thomas Eickhoff of Genesee Township, Martin Gunther and Michael Leach of Bay City, Gary Laleman of Akron, Jacob Wilson of Howell, and Todd Kagerer of Davison.
“I thought it was a scam when I was contacted. I was very surprised,” said Gunther. “I’ve only been hunting waterfowl for two years, so the new gear will be very helpful.”
The seven winners each were awarded ultimate waterfowl prize packages worth approximately $1,500. These packages included a Winchester XSP camouflage 12-gauge shotgun, custom Zink duck and goose calls, premium Avian X duck and goose decoys, a field bag, other waterfowl hunting accessories and a “golden ticket” good for one nonreserved, first-choice pick at a managed waterfowl hunt area for the 2016-17 season.
Michigan’s Wetland Wonders include the seven premier managed waterfowl areas in southern Michigan: Fennville Farm Unit at the Allegan State Game Area, Fish Point State Wildlife Area, St. Clair Flats State Wildlife Area on Harsens Island, Muskegon County Wastewater Facility, Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area, Pointe Mouillee State Game Area and Shiawassee River State Game Area.
More winners are on the way, too. Look for a new Consumers Energy Wetland Wonders Challenge to begin in the fall of 2016 and continue through January 2017. This contest will focus on the managed waterfowl hunting opportunities at Michigan’s Wetland Wonders. To learn more, visit www.michigan.gov/
The Department of Natural Resources would like to extend a special thank you to Consumers Energy for sponsoring this contest. Its generous contribution allowed for the promotion of the challenge and the purchasing of prizes for the winners. Thanks also to Michigan United Conservation Clubs for conducting the drawing.
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.