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Time to Manage Our Public for the Benefit of Wildlife PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Maturen   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 21:42

The following article appeared in the COMMENTARY of the October 25, 2013 edition of Michigan Outdoor News. Although deer is the topic, it is just as appropriate to insert turkeys, grouse, woodcock, rabbits or hare.

-Jim Maturen

I am responding to the commentary by Quality Deer Management Association member Paul Plantinga that appeared in the August 30 issue of Michigan Outdoor News. In his article, he quotes statistics on the loss of hunters from Michigan and infers that the loss of deer hunters is due to our hunters leaving the state in a quest for large-antlered bucks. There is much more to the loss than he suggests.

Of Public Forests and Turkeys XII PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Maturen   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 22:03

This past December our organization was represented at the state forest compartment reviews within four counties in the DNR Cadillac district. Once again, we were the only ones other than DNR personnel present. Where were the "save the habitat - save the hunt people?"

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 13:38
Winter Survival PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Maturen   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 21:59

On January 2, 2014, I received a phone call from a land owner in northern Osceola County. He had planted four acres of corn, which produced a great crop. The corn was gone having been eaten by all of the wildlife and he had 57 turkeys picking on the stalks for food. He was allocated a supply of corn, always without charge.

This is being written during the third week in January. Winter came early with deep snow, ice that prevents access to the ground and brutally cold weather. As I write this it is 22 degrees below zero in Grayling.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 13:40
Turkey Tails: Did You Ever - The DNR PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ole Sarge   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 21:15

Did you ever wonder about our D.N.R? They are supposed to use Scientific Wild Life Management according to Proposal G passed in 1996. Look at how many times they have changed deer hunting regulations. Perhaps this time they may get it right especially if they would drop the Antler Point Restriction and let the hunter choose the type of buck they are looking for. The majority of hunters in nine counties were not contacted in the flawed surveys that they conducted, "ie" survey sent to a nonresident in Washington State.

Where the money isn't going PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Maturen   
Sunday, 26 September 2010 00:00

Wasted MoneyThe Wild Turkey Fund was established in 1977 from revenue derived from the sale of a special turkey hunting license. It is restricted to be used for scientific research, biological survey work on Wild Turkeys and turkey management.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 September 2011 11:32
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