The Michigan Department of Natural Resources

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds waterfowl hunters about the new Wetland Wonders Challenge. The contest focuses on promoting Michigan’s seven premier Managed Waterfowl Hunt Areas (MWHA). These areas include:

  • Allegan State Game Area’s Fennville Farm Unit
  • Fish Point
  • Harsens Island
  • Muskegon County Wastewater Facility
  • Nayanquing Point
  • Pointe Mouillee
  • Shiawassee River

The Wetland Wonders Challenge is in full swing this weekend with the opening of the regular duck season in Zone 3. During this opening weekend (Oct. 6-7) hunting at Fish Point, Harsens Island, Nayanquing Point and Shiawassee River is by reservation only.

When hunters register at any of the MWHAs, they will receive an individual commemorative duck leg band for that MWHA and a validation on their Wetland Wonders Challenge punch card (available at all MWHAs). If hunters visit at least four of the seven MWHAs, they will be entered into a drawing to win one of several ultimate waterfowl hunting prize packages. Hunters that visit at least one MWHA can enter to win several consolation prizes. Winners will be selected on Feb. 15, 2013.

The DNR invites hunters to Explore Michigan’s Wetland Wonders and experience the unique hunting opportunities they offer. For more information on the MWHAs (including location, drawing times, dates and rules and regulations) and the Wetland Wonders Challenge contest (including the contest sponsors and terms and conditions), please visit

This promotion also connects to the new Michigan Waterfowl Legacy (MWL), which kicked off last month and celebrates the “Year of the Duck.” The MWL is a 10-year, cooperative partnership to restore, conserve and celebrate Michigan’s waterfowl, wetlands and waterfowl hunting community. Throughout the year numerous waterfowl- and wetland-related events will be held. For more information about MWL, please visit