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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 26 DEC 01
CONTACT: Al Stewart, 517-373-1263


SPRING WILD TURKEY HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES EXPAND;
APPLICATION PERIOD BEGINS JANUARY 1


 
LANSING--The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is expanding wild turkey hunting opportunities on private land in southern Michigan for the 2002 spring hunting season, and hunters can begin applying Jan. 1 at authorized license dealers or online at www.michigan.gov.

The spring wild turkey hunting season runs from April 22 through May 31, with various hunting periods ranging in length from seven to 26 days. More than 44,000 square miles are open to hunting, including areas in the Upper Peninsula as well as most of the Lower Peninsula. A total of 100,445 licenses are available through a lottery, and hunters have a choice to apply for a limited quota lottery hunt period or a guaranteed hunt period. Applicants for the guaranteed hunt period are guaranteed a hunting license valid for all open areas from May 6 through May 31, except public lands in southern Michigan.

New for 2002 is Hunt Unit ZZ, which consolidates many smaller individual southern Michigan private land hunt units into one large unit. Hunters who apply for and successfully draw this hunt will be able to hunt turkeys during the first two weeks of the season (April 22-May 5) on private lands, with landowner permission, in southern Michigan.

"We're pleased to be able to liberalize spring wild turkey hunting opportunities, particularly on private lands," said Al Stewart, DNR Upland Game Bird Specialist. "The expansion is the result of the success of our wild turkey restoration program and an expanding turkey population."

It costs $4 to apply for a spring turkey hunting license. This nonrefundable application fee must be paid at the time of application and does not include the cost of the license. Applications can be purchased through e-license 24 hours a day during the application period, which ends Feb. 1, and e-license customers may use MasterCard and Visa to charge their purchase.

Drawing results will be posted Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. (EST) on the DNR Web site at www.michigandnr.com. All applicants, except those who applied online, will be notified by mail before Feb. 22.

If licenses are still available after the drawing, the remaining licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis only to unsuccessful applicants in the license lottery. These individuals may purchase one leftover license in person at any license dealer beginning March 4 at 10 a.m. (EDT). The guaranteed hunt period (Hunt Number 234) also is available to unsuccessful applicants.

2002 Spring Turkey Applications Available Online

Friday, December 28, 2001

MDNR-E-License:  

Although winter snow flurries are in the air, it's time to think about spring wild turkey hunting. The application period for the 2002 spring hunting season begins Jan. 1 through Feb. 1, 2002. You can purchase your application online at www.michigandnr.com.

The spring hunting season runs from April 22 through May 31 with various hunting periods ranging in length from seven to 26 days. This year, more than 44,000-square miles are open to hunting and a total of 100,445 licenses
are available through the lottery. Hunters have three options:

1. The general limited quota hunt units that include both public and private land
2. The private land limited quota hunt units
3. The guaranteed hunt period.

Applicants for the 'Guaranteed Hunt' period are guaranteed a hunting license valid for all open areas from May 6 through May 31, except public lands in southern Michigan.

New this year is Hunt Unit ZZ.  This new hunting unit will expand hunting opportunities on private land in the southern part of the state. Hunt Unit ZZ consolidates the smaller southern Michigan private land hunt units of the
past into one large unit. Hunters who apply for and successfully draw this hunt unit will be able to hunt turkeys during the first two weeks of the season on private lands (with landowner permission) in southern Michigan.

"We're pleased to be able to liberalize spring wild turkey hunting opportunities particularly on private lands," said Al Stewart, DNR Upland Game Bird Specialist. "We are able to expand hunting opportunities based on the success of the wild turkey restoration program and an expanding turkey population."

Click here http://www.dnr.state.mi.us/SubIndex.asp?SubLinkID=234&sec=hunt&parent=3# to see an online version of the 2002 Spring Michigan Wild Turkey Hunting Guide.



CONGRATULATIONS H.P.S.A. !

The following is a letter that H.P.S.A. received from the Executive Director of MUCC.

Congratulations! 

The Huron Pointe Sportsmen's Association has been named the Conservation Organization of the Year by the Michigan United Conservation Clubs. In terms of conservation, education and community service, Huron Pointe seems to leave no stone unturned.

Your Heritage Days, Zoo Fest and other education programs are excellent ways to recruit youth into the outdoors. Your support of the MUCC's education programs including Michigan Out-of-Doors Camp for Kids, Tracks Magazine and Wildlife Encounters is also appreciated. Together, we are working to prepare future generations to make important resource decisions based on biological fact and knowledge.

Although your conservation's efforts are outstanding, I was equally impressed by your community service. The American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Sportsmen Against Hunger and the local fire department all benefit from your club's generosity and fundraising ability.

Once again, on behalf of the staff, board and membership of America's largest statewide conservation organization, I salute your dedication and congratulate you on a well-deserved honor, MUCC 2001 Conservation Organization of the Year.

Sincerely,
James Goodheart
Executive Director

 

 

 

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Recently a young man named Andy came to H.P.S.A. to watch his friend shoot on the youth archery league.  While he was there, Dean Hawley, an instructor on the youth archery league encouraged him to take part and provided him with some instruction. He scored over 100 points. 

He sent the letter pictured above.  

 

 

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Relay for Life results.

The results are in from the Relay for Life event that
took place this spring. Huron Pointe Sportsmen's
Association members made us proud!

H.P.S.A members raised $7,634.00.

 

 

H.P.S.A. Blood Drive results.

83 people showed up and 73 pints of blood were collected. Thanks to Paul and Earleen Kaltz for a job well done. Also, thanks to Jim and Bob Berger for a great job helping set up and make things run smoothly.

 

 

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