Cast for Conservation with the Midwest Walleye Challenge

The image shows a Walleye, the target species of the Midwest Walleye Challenge.

Calling all anglers! Support fisheries research, reel in exciting prizes, and explore the beauty of Midwest waters by diving into the Midwest Walleye Challenge! Last week, in a press release, the Michigan DNR highlighted the Midwest Walleye Challenge.  The DNR is partnering with Angler’s Atlas to host this walleye fishing challenge. It occurs through June…

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Lake Sturgeon Update

On Tuesday, April 23, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published a notice of their findings for Lake Sturgeon populations.   The FWS conducted this finding to determine whether or not the lake sturgeon should be listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).   The FWS is required under the ESA to review any petitions that contain…

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April NRC Preview

Deer Management Initiative (DMI) updates are scheduled at the upcoming April Natural Resources Commission (NRC) Meeting. The meeting, on Thursday, April 11, will be held in the Gannon Building at the Lansing Community College downtown campus, located at 600 N. Grand Ave Lansing, MI, and is set to start at 9:00 a.m. The Fisheries Committee’s…

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Recreation Passport Opt-Out Proposal Highlighted in Budget Considerations

The recreation passport opt-out proposal was the focus of the budget considerations for the state’s natural resources department. Throughout the last two weeks, Scott Bowen, director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), presented the department’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2024-25 to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development and Natural…

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2023 Pheasant Release Season Begins October 20

Michigan pheasant release season starts October 20

The 2023 pheasant release season begins October 20 across Michigan’s state game areas (SGA). After a limited 2022 release season due to poor timing of legislative appropriations the 2023 season is looking much more robust. There are four new release sites and triple the number of birds put on the ground compared to 2022.  MUCC…

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Gov. Whitmer announces new DNR Director

Gov. Whitmer announces DNR Director

This morning, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the appointment of former lottery commissioner Scott Bowen as the new director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Bowen will fill a vacancy left by former director Dan Eichinger when he moved to the  Department of Environment Great Lakes and Energy. Shannon Lott, who had been acting director,…

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DNR Seeking Public Input on Forest Management Plans

DNR Seeks Public Comment on Forest Management Plan

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) seeks public input on its 2025 Forest Management Plans. According to the DNR these plans are necessary “to keep Michigan’s nearly 4 million acres of state forest healthy and thriving.” A number of open houses are planned across the state. These open houses serve as informal meetings to…

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‘Evolving military training methods’ cited for possible 162,000-acre lease expansion on state lands

camp grayling expansion

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced an extension of the public comment deadline surrounding the 162,000-acre Camp Grayling lease expansion on Michigan public lands. A public meeting will be held tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Kirtland Community College (4800 W. 4 Mile Road, Grayling). Members of the public are welcome to attend and…

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June NRC Recap

Commissioners instituted mandatory deer harvest reporting at their June Natural Resources Commission (NRC) meeting.  Wildlife Conservation Order #4 of 2022, which passed unanimously, sets up mandatory deer harvest reporting beginning with the 2022 whitetail deer season. The order is meant to improve the data quality and speed at which deer harvest reports can be produced,…

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