2012-04-19 / Outdoors

Schoolcraft County U.P. Whitetails continues to support deer habitat


From left: DNR wildlife biologist Kevin Swanson of the Cusino Field Office and U.P. Whitetails Association of Schoolcraft County officials Rod Weber, Fred LaMuth and Dave Peterson inspecting the progress at the Sturgeon Hole Deer Exclosure. 
(Pioneer-Tribune photo) From left: DNR wildlife biologist Kevin Swanson of the Cusino Field Office and U.P. Whitetails Association of Schoolcraft County officials Rod Weber, Fred LaMuth and Dave Peterson inspecting the progress at the Sturgeon Hole Deer Exclosure. (Pioneer-Tribune photo) Started on June 24, 1988, the U.P. Whitetail Association has grown to include seven organizations in seven counties across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The Schoolcraft County chapter was organized in 1992 with the same purpose as the parent group: instruct the public on the practices of sound deer management, aid and financially support research on the study of ecology and its effects on the deer population, and inform and cooperate with all individuals interested in conserving the habitat to ensure a bountiful deer population, whether for the sport of deer hunting or otherwise, in future years.

Locally, U.P. Whitetails continues their efforts to improve deer habitat in Schoolcraft County.

In addition to time, the local chapter has donated $30,000 over the past 10 years toward habitat improvement in Schoolcraft County.

That work includes enclosing approximately 60 acres north of Manistique, just off M-94, to allow for the regeneration of cedar and the growth of a variety of seedling trees and plants that will eventually provide a habitat base for deer.

In 2010 they partnered with Alger County U.P. Whitetails, the Alger County Fish and Game Alliance and Heartland Forestland to donate funds that were matched three-toone by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The money was used for the planting of 49,665 red oak seedlings on just over 300 acres in Alger and Schoolcraft counties.

Along with their support of deer management, local Whitetails members have developed a scholarship program for area youth who biology or forestry fields in college.

Each year, volunteers conduct a hunter’s safety educational program that includes 10 hours of classroom instruction and three hours of hands-on firearm safety training at the Manistique Rifle and

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