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Team Captain Carrie Balk with Kale Parr (left) and Collin Balk

Three Rivers High School Principal/Three Rivers Bass Fishing Team Captain Carrie Balk poses with Kale Parr (left) and team partner Collin Balk after they won the Michigan TBF Junior State Championship.
It was the school's first year as a bass fishing team.

Not all kids want to sit around and play video games, says Carrie Balk, Three Rivers High School principal.

She found out first hand. When her son Collin approached her last year about starting a Three Rivers High School fishing club, she decided to investigate the possibilities.

“I sent out a survey to gauge students’ interest and heard back from more than 90 kids,” said Balk. “That’s three times as many that are on our football team so I decided I better look into it.”

Not only was the Three Rivers Wildcats Bass Fishing Team formed, but 40-some kids stayed active throughout the summer.

If that weren’t enough, son Collin and buddy Kale Parr won The Bass Federation Junior Division State Championship at Wampler’s Lake. That earned them a spot in The Bass Federation Junior World championship at Kentucky Lake where they finished fourth.

Support from hunters and landowners is essential for early detection and monitoring of chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer.

This year, there are several options for submitting samples for CWD testing depending on where you are in the state.

  • CWD self-submission kits
  • Sample submission sites and participating taxidermists
  • Testing for a fee
  • Additional information

Reminder: Online harvest reporting is required for all hunters who successfully take a deer. 

CWD self-submission kits

Pick up a free lymph node shipping kit with instructions and materials for shipping lymph nodes to Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, including a prepaid overnight shipping label. There is no charge for the CWD testing. Kits are available for deer harvested in the following counties:

  • Clinton
  • Dickinson
  • Eaton
  • Gratiot
  • Ingham
  • Ionia
  • Jackson
  • Kent
  • Montcalm

More information on how to obtain a test kit is available on the CWD info for hunters webpage.

Sample submission sites and participating taxidermists

Sample submission sites

Drop off the sample and harvest information at an unstaffed drop box or a staffed sample submission site in this year's CWD monitoring areas

Learn more and find a disease sample submission site.

We need deer heads from the following counties in the Lower Peninsula:

  • Bay
  • Berrien
  • Branch
  • Cass
  • Genesee
  • Huron
  • Isabella
  • Hillsdale
  • Kalamazoo
  • Lapeer
  • Lenawee
  • Livingston
  • Macomb
  • Midland
  • Monroe
  • Muskegon
  • Oakland
  • Oceana
  • Ottawa
  • Saginaw
  • Sanilac
  • St. Clair
  • St. Joseph
  • Tuscola
  • Washtenaw
  • Wayne

We also need deer heads from the core CWD area in the Upper Peninsula, which includes portions of the following counties:

  • Delta
  • Dickinson
  • Menominee

Participating taxidermists

Successful hunters in the CWD area can bring their deer to participating taxidermists to have the jaw and lymph nodes removed. This accomplishes CWD testing goals while allowing hunters to preserve part of the animal that would otherwise be incinerated after being tested at the Wildlife Disease Laboratory.

Testing for a fee

Deer harvested in all other counties in Michigan can be submitted for CWD testing through one of the following participating U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved laboratories for a fee.

Results from deer submitted to an approved USDA laboratory using testing for a fee will be sent directly to the hunter from the laboratory.

Additional information

New this year: Online harvest reporting is required for all hunters who successfully take a deer.

Visit Michigan.gov/Deer for harvest reporting information, deer hunting season dates and regulations.

Questions? Contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-9453.

MDNR Report

DNR biologist with bear

The Michigan DNR asks hunters and others who spend time outdoors to keep an eye out for bear dens while in the field this fall and – if they find one – to report the location to the DNR to help with an ongoing bear management program.

If you find a bear den in the northern Lower Peninsula, record the location with a GPS unit, if possible, and contact Mark Boersen at 989-275-5151 or BoersenM@Michigan.gov with specific location information.

GSM Report

GSM Outdoors, a provider of hunting and fishing products, announced its collaboration with Kim Stricker Productions, Inc., underwater videography specialists and fishing content creators, to visually market their fishing brands.

GSM Outdoors fishing brands include Yamamoto Baits, Bill Lewis Lures, Buckeye Lures and SteelShad.

“I can’t overstate the quality and value that Kim’s content brings to our products.” says Crispin Powley, Vice President of Fishing for GSM Outdoors. “No one else can capture and display the action of our products the way Kim can. Ultimately showing the capability and application of our baits to our customers is possible on another level beyond our competitors with what he offers us.”

“Seeing is believing! It’s the service of providing visual validation of the action and effectiveness of fishing lures is what I bring to the table” says Kim Stricker. “I’ve shared an excellent working relationship with Crispin Powley for the past 14 years at Strike King and look forward to delivering the same interactive content to GSM.”

Stricker, an award-winning Michigan underwater videographer, is host and producer of the “Hook n’ Look” televised fishing program and YouTube channel. He is a 2020 Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame inductee and 27-year veteran of the Bassmaster and FLW Tournament tours.

DNR Report

You’ve probably noticed that, over the last few years,  deer hunting regulations have become less restrictive in Michigan.

Hunters in the Lower Peninsula can harvest does on a regular deer or deer combo license, and hunters can buy and use up to 10 universal antlerless licenses in most of the state.  

Perhaps you’ve been thinking, "The DNR must be crazy! Surely these changes will harm the deer herd."

This video explains the rationale Michigan uses to show it won’t harm the herd.