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  • young hunter with firearm and bull elk that he harvested 2015 hunting preview II - big game and furbearer seasons

    Prospects for the 2015 big-game hunting and furbearer hunting seasons are very good, say Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists. Michigan offers a diversity of species and a wide variety of seasons to maximize recreational opportunity. Here's a quick overview of some of the upcoming seasons.

  • Dad and two girls in hunting gear with dog walking in woods, one girl holding firearm and bird 2015 hunting preview I - small game seasons

    Small game hunting season begins Sept. 1 with the opening of the early Canada goose season and teal seasons and continues until rabbit and hare season ends March 31. Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists across the state say hunters should find conditions similar to last year. Hunters are reminded that due to changes in licensing, all licensed hunters may pursue small game.

  • Roy Beasley, DNR Fisheries Division boat captain, takes aim while bowfishing on Lake Erie. Bowfishing - combining two pastimes into one sport

    A growing number of sportsmen and women like to combine hunting and fishing, using bows and arrows to take a wide variety of fish, including many that are generally not targeted by hook-and-line anglers. Of the five state records that have been set so far this year, three of them – a blackmouth buffalo and two quillback carpsuckers – were taken bowfishing. In the last two years, six state standards have been set by bowfishermen.

  • Instructor and Academy of Natural Resources participants standing in river in waders. Academy of Natural Resources teaches teachers how to bring Michigan's woods, water and wildlife into the classroom

    For the last eight years, the Academy of Natural Resources – the Department of Natural Resources’ conservation education program for educators – has been bringing teachers to the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center at Higgins Lake for a crash course on natural resources. The program is designed to help teachers incorporate the concepts of resource management into their lessons.

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