The Michigan DNR is developing a recreation and habitat management plan for its seven managed waterfowl hunt areas across southern Michigan: Fennville Farm Unit of Allegan State Game Area, Fish Point State Wildlife Area, Harsens Island Unit of St. Clair Flats State Wildlife Area, Muskegon County Wastewater, Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area, Pointe Mouillee State Game Area and Shiawassee River State Game Area.
While these areas are managed primarily for waterfowl habitat and waterfowl hunting, they also provide outstanding opportunities for other outdoor recreation such as wildlife watching, fishing, hiking, paddling, non-waterfowl hunting and trapping.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting entries to the 2022 Michigan Junior Duck Stamp Contest – a decades-long tradition in Michigan currently administered by the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Saginaw.
The contest aims to raise education and awareness of North America’s waterfowl and wetland resources. Ally Wang, age 16 of Canton, won last year’s contest with her take on a northern pintail created with acrylic paint.
Students may submit artwork featuring whistling ducks, swans, geese, brant, dabbling ducks, diving ducks, sea ducks, mergansers, stiff tails or Hawaiian ducks, though everyone is encouraged to review the full list of permitted species.
A panel of three to five judges (virtually or in person) will evaluate entries on the basis of original design, anatomical accuracy, artistic composition and suitability for reproduction on a 1-inch by 1.5-inch stamp.
By Louie Stout
Anglers beware – waterfowl season has opened in Michigan. The early teal and goose hunting seasons began Sept 1.
Anglers are encouraged to show respect for waterfowlers as their time to enjoy their pastime is limited. When you see decoys, give the hunters plenty of space.
Michigan’s early south zone goose season will run from Sept. 1-30 while the early teal season closes Sept. 16.
Indiana’s early goose runs Sept. 11-19 while the early teal runs Sept. 11-26.
Waterfowl hunters wishing to hunt Michigan’s public lands may apply between now and Aug. 28.
Applications are $5 and hunters may only apply once. Apply online or anywhere DNR licenses are sold.
Drawing results will be posted Sept. 20.
The Michigan Duck Hunters Association, in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, has introduced the 2021 collector's-edition Michigan duck stamp and prints.
The Michigan Duck Stamp Program was established in 1976 and has become an icon for waterfowl hunters and wetland conservation enthusiasts. During the past 44 years, the program has gained popularity with collectors and conservation groups throughout the U.S.
The Michigan Duck Hunters Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to waterfowl and wetland conservation, coordinates the program in partnership with the DNR. Proceeds from stamp sales will be used to fund MDHA projects, with 10% used to match DNR funding for purchasing, restoring and enhancing wetlands.
The 2021 Michigan duck stamp features a drake wood duck painted by John M. Roberts. Roberts is a wildlife artist from Saginaw Township with a particular interest in waterfowl and painting waterfowl. His winning wood duck image is based on a photograph a friend snapped at Crow Island State Game Area in Saginaw County.
Your purchase of Michigan waterfowl stamps and prints helps ensure continued conservation of wetlands and waterfowl habitat. Purchasing the stamps is voluntary and does not replace the state waterfowl hunting license. Get your Michigan duck stamps and prints today.