ASHTABULA, Ohio — A helicopter crew aboard an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit prepares to hoist four duckhunters off the east breakwall of Ashtabula Harbor, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011.
The four duck hunters had become stranded on the breakwall after their 16-foot boat capsized in the choppy seas.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Hall
These scum are not hunters; they are poachers and amount to anti-hunters’ best allies…
On Sept. 17, a father and his son recklessly fired their rifles at a herd of 60 pronghorn antelope on the Woodruff Wildlife Management Area in Rich County. After the shooting was over, five pronghorn — three bucks and two does — were dead.
Each man had a permit to take a doe. But neither man had a permit to take a buck.
On Sept. 10, a hunter shot three mountain goats near Ben Lomond Peak. His permit allowed him to take only one goat. Read more
HUNTERcourse.com is pleased to announce that hunter education student Jarid Hoyt, of Sanford, Michigan, and his field day instructor Marilyn Garrison, of the Bay County Conservation and Gun Club, are the winners of the first annual Jim Shockey Dream Hunt.
In October, Jarid and Marilyn will fly to Saskatchewan, Canada for Read more
By Glen Wunderlich
Any Michigander knows all too well that fair-weather activities are limited, and with firearms deer season on hand in five weeks,there’s no better time to sight in the big guns than now.
Most shooters know that a steady rest is a good place to start to minimize human error. Benchrest sand bags under the forearm and butt stock can minimize movement and are a must for determining the accuracy potential of any round. But, repeating this accuracy afield can be problematic.
Obviously, pin-point accuracy is not as important at closer ranges, but when stretching the limits of a firearm across a field or through the woods, every bit of precision is required to minimize the risk of bad shots.
Here’s a tip for those that shoot from any type of box blind Read more
After much political rangling, legislators still have to approve regulations for sporting swine ranches.
The Michigan DNR’s deer forecast in an abbreviated form.
Within the UP, deer populations continue to slowly increase following a second mild winter in a row. Fawn production should be good, though predation may have produced some losses. Antlered buck numbers will likely be on the rise, as the increased production of fawns in 2010 should lead to greater antlered buck numbers this year. More deer will be found in the Southern UP near Lake Michigan, with fewer in the Northern UP near Lake Superior. Antlerless licenses are available in DMUs 022, 055, 122, 152, 155, 252, and 255 for 2011. Special buck harvest restrictions noted above are in place throughout the UP.
Northern Lower Michigan
Mild winter conditions for the second year in a row in the NLP should lead to increasing deer numbers. Deer numbers on many state land areas appear to be on the rise, though they are still below goal in some areas. In some NLP units, indications are that there is an overabundance of deer on private land but lower than desired populations on public land. Special antlerless seasons and private land license quotas are used in these units to target deer on private land even if abundant sign and sightings do not occur on public land. The number of antlerless deer licenses is the same as last year in eastern NLP multi-unit area DMU 487, while no antlerless permits were made available in four counties (Cheboygan, Otsego, Roscommon, and Kalkaska). Special buck harvest restrictions noted above are in place in DMU 487. Within DMU 487 ONLY, hunters may harvest an antlerless deer with a firearm or combination license within the Nov. 15-30 firearms season.
The deer population in southern Michigan is expected to be similar to the last few years. Abundant food and cover in the form of agricultural crops and scattered swamps and woodlots provide very good habitat across the southern Michigan landscape. This high quality habitat, combined with relatively mild winter conditions, results in an abundant and productive deer population. Deer populations generally exceed DNR goals and fawns generally come in sets of twins and triplets. High numbers of antlerless permits are available again this year, particularly in the multi-county DMU 486 (most of southern Michigan except St. Clair, Macomb, Wayne, and Monroe Counties). rm season or the Dec. 9-18 muzzleloader season.
The Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Services has written a response to an editorial in the NY Times and states that the wolf is fully recovered and it is time to move on. Tell that to the whackos!