The Pigeon River Country State Forest located in the northeastern portion of the lower peninsula is truly a very unique, publicly owned forest. Those who founded the Pigeon had a vision that it would remain as the last truly wild place in the lower peninsula of Michigan the BIG WILD. For over a decade the BIG WILD has been severely compromised by special interest groups and this is unacceptable to us.
The following includes action taken by both the PM Chapter and MWTHA.
This past winter the Pere Marquette Chapter began our winter survival program on January 12. During the winter we purchased and distributed 15,000 pounds of shelled corn to 2,866 Wild Turkeys distributed over our 13 county area of northern Michigan. The program was concluded on March 21,2015.
Robert “Bob” Jacobson of Roscommon and his wife Sheila are long time members of MWTHA. Bob is the president of the Michigan Conservation Foundation. Over many years the two organizations have joined forces to deal with many conservation issues. I know of no other person who is more dedicated to Michigan’s natural resources than Bob.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was written in May 2015 – Bob passed away on June 14, 2015. He will be missed.
He and Sheila live on a lake in the middle of 18 square miles of private managed forests. If anyone had reason not to care about the public lands and waters of our state it would be them.
“You are not reading THAT are you? Whoever writes that hates the DNR.” – that’s what I heard when I attended the DNR Natural Resources Commission meeting at Cadillac on October 9, 2014. The winter of 2013-2014 was especially brutal and the DNR acknowledged a huge loss of Wild Turkeys in the Upper and Northern Lower Peninsulas. Regardless of the fact of a declining turkey population and huge losses a fall hunting season, in which hens are a target, was authorized both in the Upper and areas within the Northern Lower Peninsulas.
This is being written during the first week in February 2015. Winter has been relativity kind this year, as compared to the brutal winter of last year. Unfortunately snow has melted and formed ice on the ground that covers any remaining food available to our Wild Turkeys.