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Pheasant Hunting Initiative features bird releases in parts of Thumb and Mid Michigan yet this year
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 10:00:07 EDT
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The Michigan Legislature passed Public Act 618 of 2018, which appropriated $260,000 from the general fund to the DNR for a pheasant release program during the fall of 2019 and 2020. The pheasant releases are being done in partnership with the Michigan Association of Game Breeders and Hunting Preserves. Association members will be releasing the birds on a weekly basis at the designated game areas.
Pheasant releases this year will take place on 11 different state game areas in the following counties:
Bay County: Pinconning State Game Area.
Cass County: Crane Pond State Game Area.
Clinton County: Rose Lake State Game Area.
Lapeer County: Lapeer State Game Area.
Monroe County: Erie and Pointe Mouillee state game areas.
Saginaw County: Crow Island State Game Area.
Sanilac County: Minden City State Game Area.
St. Clair County: St. Johns Marsh State Game Area.
St. Joseph County: Leidy Lake State Game Area.
Van Buren County: Cornish State Game Area.
In addition, there will be two more locations that will host a one-time special hunter recruitment event geared towards recruitment and retention of hunters:
Allegan State Game Area, in Allegan County, on Nov. 2, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.
This hunt is especially for new or novice hunters ages 12 and up at Allegan State Game Area Fennville MI.
Shiawassee State Game Area, in Saginaw County, on Dec. 14, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Youth ages 12-17 and new or novice adult hunters are invited to attend.