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The Michigan DNR reminds hunters that the application period for antlerless deer licenses runs from July 15-Aug. 15.

Hunters may apply for one license in any open Deer Management Unit (DMU) statewide; a nonrefundable $5 fee is charged at the time of application. Hunters may choose to apply for either one private-land or one public-land license online at or at any authorized license agent.

Young hunters, ages 9-16, can purchase one junior antlerless deer license over the counter July 15-Aug.15. No application is required. A 9-year-old must be 10 by Sept. 26 to purchase this license.

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Arctic GraylingThe Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative, a statewide partnership effort focused on restoring self-sustaining populations of this native fish, unveiled its official action plan at a recent Natural Resources Commission meeting. The plan details the initiatives goals and various activities it plans to accomplish over the next several years.

This initiative, founded by the Michigan DNR and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, was announced in June 2016 and consists of 32 organizations.

The action plan is the result of multiple meetings of the partners where ideas, questions and information gaps were identified and then condensed into four main focus areas: research, management, fish production and outreach and education.

By BOB Gwizdz, MDNR

Monitoring St. Clair Sturgeon Population Involves a Lot of Work

Fisheries managers have many high-technology tools available today acoustic tracking, remote satellite imagery, environmental DNA that might make old-timers shake their heads and think it all sounds like science fiction.

But old-fashioned techniques continue to provide fisheries managers with data that helps them make management decisions that benefit both the fisheries resource and anglers.

Nowhere is this truer than when it comes to managing the Great Lakes oldest denizens lake sturgeon.

The Michigan DDNR has been monitoring sturgeon populations on the St. Clair River for the last 25 years with a technique that is as old as fishing itself.

DNR crews use set lines that are anchored to the bottom of the river channel and sport numerous hooks to catch and tag the mysterious prehistoric fish.

The DNRs research vessel, Channel Cat spent much of June on the North Channel of the St. Clair River, above Lake St. Clair, setting and running what are essentially trot lines to monitor the Great Lakes most significant sturgeon population.

"This is the largest natural reproducing population of sturgeon in the Great Lakes," said Todd Wills, who heads up the Lake St. Clair Fisheries Research Station. "We estimate the population in the St. Clair system at about 30,000 fish, 2 years old or older, with about 12,000 of them concentrated in the area being surveyed."