By JOHN PEPIN
For The Daily News
MARQUETTE - Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials have announced a slate of eight open house meetings aimed at giving hunters a chance to learn more about regional deer management, hunting license changes and activities of the Upper Peninsula Deer Advisory Team.
The open house sessions will begin Tuesday in Sault Ste. Marie and conclude Feb. 6 in Escanaba.
In a news release, DNR officials said the session format will include a short presentation followed by a question and answer session and the opportunity to visit with local UPDAT members and DNR biologists. The UPDAT is a group of citizens who work with the DNR Wildlife Division to provide input from local communities on regional deer management issues.
"This is the public's opportunity to learn what we have been working on in the U.P. and also to share with us and the UPDAT what they feel are the most important deer-related issues in the region," said DNR deer program biologist and UPDAT co-chairwoman Ashley Autenrieth.
DNR regional wildlife supervisor Terry Minzey said, "It is our hope that by the end of the evening, you will know how the UPDAT functions, the type of issues being discussed, the name and contact information for your local representative, and - most importantly - how you can participate in the process."
Each open house will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. local time. The meeting schedule is:
Jan. 14 Holiday Inn, Sault Ste. Marie.
Jan. 16 Gogebic Community College, Lindquist Student Center.
Jan. 21 Iron Mountain, Bay College West, Fornetti Hall, Room 104.
Jan. 23 Marquette, Ramada Inn.
Jan. 28 Munising, Sydney's Restaurant.
Jan. 30 Baraga, Ottawa Sportsmen's Club.
Feb. 4 Newberry, Comfort Inn.
Feb. 6 Escanaba, Bay de Noc Community College