The Michigan Duck Hunters Association, in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, introduces the 2018 special Governor’s Edition Michigan duck stamp and print.
The Governor’s Edition Michigan duck stamp and print feature a pair of American wigeons in flight and Gov. Rick Snyder’s signature. Only 100 copies of the Governor’s Edition print will be available, for $150 each. Governor’s Edition prints each come with an artist-signed edition of the standard 2018 duck stamp and the special Governor’s Edition duck stamp. Two hundred copies of the stamp will be sold at a price of $25 each.
Indiana wildlife officials have confirmed the presence of avian cholera in geese from western Gibson County. Diagnostic testing was conducted at the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center.
Avian cholera is common among North American waterfowl, although the Gibson County detection is the first time the disease has been documented in wild birds in Indiana.
In total about 350 birdsómostly snow geeseóhave been found dead since the beginning of December. Tens of thousands of waterfowl spend winter in this part of the state, so the incidence of disease appears to be very low.
The Michigan DNR reminds hunters that there’s still time to enter the Consumers Energy-sponsored Wetland Wonders Challenge this waterfowl season. The contest began Oct. 14 and runs until Feb. 15, 2018.
Michigan's Wetland Wonders include the seven premier managed waterfowl hunt areas in the state: Fennville Farm Unit at the Allegan State Game Area (Allegan County), Fish Point State Wildlife Area (Tuscola County), St. Clair Flats State Wildlife Area on Harsens Island (St. Clair County), Muskegon County Wastewater Facility (Muskegon County), Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area (Bay County), Pointe Mouillee State Game Area (Monroe and Wayne counties) and Shiawassee River State Game Area (Saginaw County).