Tag Archives: Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Study finds black bears are not establishing themselves in southern Michigan

By Howard Meyerson Maybe you remember the news reports: “Michigan black bears are moving south.” A spate of sightings just a few years ago confirmed that bears were showing up in unusual locales, such as Flint, Battle Creek, St. Charles … Continue reading

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2014 fishing license sales lagging in Michigan

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids, Mich. — It may be the weather or Michigan’s new license structure, but fewer anglers have purchased fishing licenses this season compared with 2013. State officials say the license year is half over, but the … Continue reading

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When the greater good isn’t good enough; Muskegon sturgeon kill should sound alarm

By Howard Meyerson MUSKEGON, MI – Wildlife and fisheries management is full of seemingly damaging actions — those undertaken to achieve some “greater good,” meaning the betterment of a particular species. We set fires to create prairies and improve habitat … Continue reading

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Michigan’s snowshoe hares disappearing, could benefit from forest management amid climate changes

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids, Mich. — Researchers investigating the whereabouts of Michigan snowshoe hares confirm what hunters have said for quite some time: The big rabbits with the white winter coats have vanished from places where they once were … Continue reading

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Lake Michigan salmon runs proving slower, smaller than average

By Howard Meyerson BEULAH, MI — Fall is the time of year when Lake Michigan salmon start nosing their way up natal streams to spawn and die. State fish managers, however, are uncertain about what to expect this season. Many … Continue reading

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Deer Hunter Be Safe: Hidden issues can cause problems

By Howard Meyerson WYOMING, MI — Michigan’s 10-week bow hunting season opens Oct. 1, and deer hunters all over the state have been getting ready. There are bows to tune and tree stands to inspect. Shooting lanes have been identified. … Continue reading

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Sandhill Crane’s Rebound in Michigan Opens Hunt Possibilities

By Howard Meyerson Michigan’s iconic Sandhill Cranes, majestic and standing three to four feet tall, are by all accounts an example of conservation success. Once nearly extirpated by market hunting and wetland loss, they thrive today in marshes all around … Continue reading

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Regulations proposed to bring back Michigan’s coaster brook trout

By Howard Meyerson It will take a while, but in a decade or so, anglers once again may be able to fish for coaster brook trout along Michigan’s Lake Superior shoreline and tributaries. State fisheries managers are embarking on a … Continue reading

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Wanted: State’s Feral Swine

By Howard Meyerson GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Federal wildlife officials are ramping up efforts to locate, test, and kill feral swine in Michigan. Hunters and private landowners also are being encouraged to participate in the $20 million, U.S. Department of … Continue reading

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Michigan to hold first teal hunting season in nearly 50 years

By Howard Meyerson Waterfowl hunters have a unique opportunity for some fast-action shooting come September when Michigan holds its first early teal season after nearly 50 years. The seven-day, experimental season runs September 1-7. It was approved by the U.S. … Continue reading

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