DNR outdoor briefs: Fall is coming and so are some outdoor events, activities

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Here are some outdoor fall events sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as well as some other useful information for those who enjoy Michigan’s great outdoors.

Welcome fall fun

Fall will soon be in the air, and with it comes cider, donuts, pumpkins, hayrides and more! Many state parks host fabulous, family-friendly harvest festivals in September and October to celebrate the colorful autumn season. Here are just a few:

  • Sept. 15 – Charles Mears State Park in Pentwater.

Plan your hunt

Are you planning to deer hunt for first time this fall? If so, take advantage of our introductory Whitetails 101 class on Sept. 23 at the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center at William Mitchell State Park in Cadillac. You’ll learn the basics of whitetail hunting, including rules and regulations, what to use, and how to choose a hunting spot.

And, don’t forget to mark these upcoming hunting seasons on your calendar!

  • Ruffed Grouse Sept. 15 – Nov. 14
  • Squirrel (Fox and Gray) Sept. 15 – March 1
  • Wild Turkey Sept. 15 – Nov. 14

View the  2012 Hunting and Trapping Digest for details.

Looking Ahead…

It’s time to start mapping out your hunting plans! No matter where you are in Michigan, you can find public hunting land with our Mi-HUNT interactive map application on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/mihunt.

Navigate through a variety of map layers and create your own custom maps or download pre-made maps. With the interactive layers you can view private land open to public hunting, all state game and wildlife areas, 7 million acres of vegetation cover types, aerial imagery and more. Mi-HUNTalso include GPS download, so you can pick a spot on the map in Mi-HUNT and navigate to it while hunting.

 

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