2013-09-26 / Outdoors

Outdoors Briefs

Hunters may now place ground blinds earlier

LANSING – The Department of Natural Resources recently announced ground blinds for deer hunting purposes now may be placed on public land beginning on Sept. 1.

Previously, deer hunters were not allowed to place ground blinds on public land before Nov. 5. This change makes placement dates and opportunities for ground blinds consistent with those for raised platforms/scaffolds (often called tree stands), which also can be placed on public land as early as Sept. 1.

The Natural Resources Commission adopted this regulation change at its August 2013 meeting - after the 2013 Hunting and Trapping Digest was printed, so the new ground blind placement date does not appear in the printed version of the digest.

For more information about hunting rules and regulations, visit the DNR’’s website ar www.michigan.gov/dnrdigests.

DNR to host open house at Wyman Nursery

LANSING – The Department of Natural Resources will host an open house on Oct. 15 in Manistique to provide information and receive public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2015 in the Shingleton management unit, which includes Alger, Delta and Schoolcraft counties. The open house is set for Oct. 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the DNR Wyman Nursery, 480N Intake Park Road, Manistique

Each year, DNR personnel evaluate one-tenth of the state forest. The inventory provides key decision-making information for foresters and wildlife, fisheries and other resource managers.

The age, health, quality and quantity of trees and other vegetation are assessed to enable DNR staff to make informed decisions. Timber management, wildlife and fisheries habitat, minerals, archaeological sites, recreational use, wildfire potential and social concerns are just some of the topics taken into consideration during this review.

Persons with disabilities who need accommodations for either meeting should contact Bob Burnham, (906) 452-6227, ext. 240, a minimum of five business days before each meeting.

Campsite, harbor reservation system to launch

LANSING – The new, improved central reservation system that manages state park camping, lodging and harbor reservations will launch in November with minimal customer disruptions during the system transition.

The new system, which features customer-requested enhancements, opens Nov. 1 to state park lodging reservations (camper cabins, minicabins, rustic cabins, yurts and modern lodges), which typically have a one-year reservation window.

During the transition phase, system updates are available by visiting the DNR website www.michigan.gov/stateparks and clicking on A New and Improved Campground Reservation System is Launching on November 1.

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