Michigan deer harvest estimated
LANSING?- Initial estimates suggest Michigan firearm deer hunters killed about the same number of deer statewide this year as in 2009, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE).
Audubon Christmas Bird Count to take place Dec. 18
IRON MOUNTAIN - The National Audubon Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday, Dec. 18, in the Dickinson County area.
The count area encompasses the M-95-US-2 corridor from Merriman south through Aurora and Niagara, Wis., and east to Waucedah.
Counts will be done on driving routes throughout this area and by observers at feeders.
Any interested person can participate in the count. Information can be obtained by calling Evelyn Olson at (906) 774-3211 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents who maintain feeders are requested to keep them filled during the count day.
Sightings of rare or unusual birds seen during the count period of Dec. 14 through Jan. 5 can also be reported to Olson for inclusion in the survey.
The local Christmas Bird Count conducted on Dec. 19, 2009, included 39 observers who reported 3,041 individual birds of 39 separate species.
Furbearer registration hours listedMARQUETTE - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment has announced furbearer registration hours at DNRE Field Offices and Operations Service Centers for the 2010-2011 season.
Anyone taking a bobcat, river otter, fisher or marten must bring the animal to a designated furbearer check station for examination. DNRE staff members collect biological data from the harvested animals, including sex, age and physical condition of the specimen. An official seal is then attached to each pelt to show it has been inspected.
"Registration for these furbearers is mandatory, as the information gathered helps us determine proposed bag limits and season structure for the future," said DNRE furbearer specialist Adam Bump. "Cooperation from trappers and hunters in this effort is appreciated."
DNRE offices with specially designated furbearer registration hours are as follows:
- Wakefield: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Central time) on Dec. 13, Dec. 20, Jan. 3, Jan 17, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 21, March 7 and March 10.
- Stephenson: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Central time) on Dec. 16, Feb. 10, March 10 and May 4.
The following DNRE offices in the Upper Peninsula are open for furbearer registration during regular business hours: Please note, due to field staff limitations, all fur harvesters are encouraged to call ahead to ensure someone is available to assist with furbearer registration.
- Marquette, Baraga and Newberry Operations Service Centers (OSC).
- Gwinn, Escanaba, Crystal Falls and Norway Field Offices.
- Fort Wilkins, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness and McLain State Parks.
DNRE offices open for furbearer registration by appointment only are: Naubinway Rose Lake and Sault Ste. Marie.
Non-DNRE locations open for furbearer registration include:
- U.S. Forest Service Office in Manistique, by appointment only
- Settler's Co-op in Bruce Crossing, seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Trappers and furbearer hunters are reminded that they must register their own take and cannot register for others. Complete details and instructions for furbearer registration can be found in the 2010 Michigan Hunting and Trapping Guide, which is available online at www.michigan.gov/hunting or at authorized license agents and DNRE Operations Service Centers.
For more information about furbearer registration, contact Bump at (517) 373-1263, or call one of the DNRE offices listed above.