(Provided by Michigan DNR)
Michigan's 2014 elk hunting season just ended with multiple successes. Hunters experienced a one-of-a-kind hunt and filled the freezer with local meat, while also helping to accomplish valuable elk management on both public and private land.
"The elk hunt is an exciting time for everyone," said DNR wildlife biologist Jennifer Kleitch. "We control the elk population through very intense management - we target specific areas and properties during certain time periods."
The elk season had two hunt periods - the early season, Aug. 26-29, Sept. 12-15 and Sept. 26-29 and the late season, Dec. 6-14. Just fewer than 30,000 eligible Michigan hunters applied for 100 elk licenses. Both the early and late season had quotas of 15 any-elk or bull licenses and 35 antlerless licenses.
Hunters during the early season harvested 37 elk - 13 bulls, 23 cows and 1 calf, while late-season hunters harvested 41 elk - 14 bulls and 27 cows.
"Again we had a good season, hunters were successful and safe, and we achieved our management goals," said Kleitch. "Not to mention the communities in the area feel the influx of the hunters with their families and the additional activity, so it really is a great season for the region."
The Indiana mourning dove season will expand by 18 days for the 2014-15 hunting season.
To accommodate these additional days, the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife has added a third period for dove hunting, in December and January. Additionally, the DNR extended the first period, and modified the second period to avoid the firearms deer season.
The 2014-15 mourning dove hunting season is:
Hunting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise until sunset. The daily bag limit is 15 with a possession limit of 45.
Most mourning doves are harvested in September, but great dove hunting can be found later in the season with a little scouting, said Budd Veverka, DNR farmland game research biologist. Looking at data from the past five years, I would expect to see approximately 11,000 dove hunters harvest nearly 214,000 mourning doves in 2014. With the extended season, the harvest could be even higher.
The expansion is based on research by the Indiana DNR and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
The 2014-2015 Indiana fall hunting season has arrived.
Indiana's squirrel season runs Aug. 15 through Jan. 31. Hunters may harvest both gray and fox squirrels, and can harvest up to five squirrels per day.
Indiana's abundant squirrel populations offer great hunting, and squirrel season can be an opportunity to introduce beginners to hunting.