Michigan Department of Natural Resources

LANSING, MI--   After experiencing technical issues a day before the firearm deer season opener, the Department of Natural Resource’s licensing system is once again up and running.

Around 9 a.m. Saturday the system experienced slowness and timed-out transactions when customers tried to get licenses. By Saturday afternoon the system was processing transactions successfully. Officials say 45,000 hunters have bought licenses since then.

Hunters who were unable to purchase licenses can do so online at michigan.gov/dnrlicenses or at a local retailer to comply with state law.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan’s state parks, harbors and recreation areas are seeking entrepreneurs to run camp stores, boat rentals, and other businesses as the coronavirus pandemic spurs an increase in state park visitors.

Lori Green, the concession and lease manager for the Department of Natural Resources, says there are perks that come with operating a business within a state park or recreation area.

MARQUETTE, MI--   This year’s firearm deer hunting season looks like it will be a good one in the Upper Peninsula.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources anticipates a slightly better hunting season than last year’s. More than 540,000 hunters participated in the hunt in 2019. As many or more are expected for this year’s November 15 firearm opener. The DNR is asking hunters to review changes to deer hunting regulations.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   A Chippewa County poacher must pay fines and can never hunt again.

Kurt Duncan, 56, of Pickford pleaded guilty in September to seven poaching crimes following an investigation by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Charges included three counts of illegal take, possession of wolves; three counts of illegal take, possession of bald eagles; and one count of illegal commercialization of a protected species-wolf.

NEWBERRY, MI--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is using mass timber technology to replace its Newberry facility. 

Mass timber is a construction system that uses large solid or engineered wood columns, beams and panels to create multistory buildings from renewable materials. It can substitute for concrete and steel and is sustainable.

DICKINSON COUNTY, MI--   A renewable power company is eyeing land in Dickinson County for a solar array. 

Circle Power was awarded a five-year land lease agreement with the Department of Natural Resources to develop the project on the former Groveland Mine site. Scott Whitcomb is the DNR’s Senior Advisor for Wildlife and Public Lands. He says the site contains leftover material from the mining process, which makes it a good area for the panels.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan wildlife officials say they won’t be able to check as many deer for chronic wasting disease during the upcoming hunting season.

The state Department of Natural Resources says it’s facing staff and financial shortages as well as challenges from the coronavirus pandemic.

Deer heads from certain sections of six counties will be accepted for testing from Oct. 3 to Jan. 4. Those counties are Jackson, Isabella, Gratiot, Delta, Dickinson and Menominee.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has signed a lease agreement that clears the way for construction of a shooting range in Richmond Township.

The range will be west of Marquette off M-35 along the Goose Lake Access Road. The $800,000 public facility is on 25 acres of property owned by Cleveland Cliffs, Incorporated.

Officials say the range will meet National Rifle Association and Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines. It will also use state-of-the-art sound control measures and environmental containment features.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Deer hunting in the Upper Peninsula should be slightly better this fall than last year. 

The Department of Natural Resources released its 2020 Deer Hunting Preview and Regional Outlook Thursday. It says the U.P. herd seemed to fare well last winter. That, coupled with a good spring and excellent summer growing season, has officials anticipating good numbers.

Hunters will see several regulation changes this year. Declines in hunter numbers, an increase in herd size and management of deer diseases required some significant changes.


UNDATED--   The first wave of Michigan Department of Natural Resources firefighters is preparing equipment to leave for California with off-road fire engines to help fight raging wildfires there.