– for more information, contact chapter president Frank Hersha at 231-588-6169 as to meeting date, location, and time.

We tried getting by on half as much corn last winter as we usually use, by only giving out half as much as we used to – and it worked, according to most of our members, with the birds coming out of the winter in very good shape as long as they were fed. Unfortunately, a lot of birds weren’t due to concerns about accidentally feeding deer, and as a result, our numbers are now lower than they have been in at least 15 years.

So this year we are hoping for a very mild, and late winter. keep your fingers crossed for us!

Area J will once again, despite protests on our part, have a fall turkey season, the only area in northern lower Michigan to hold a season. We are hoping for a very good hatch to support that season, but so far, as usual, numbers are not very good and much of the hatch appears to be quite late once again.

Our property owner cost-share program with the DNR is once again underway, with committee chair Doug Mummert telling us that more members of the chapter than ever are now involved, planting crops such as com and oats on small pieces of acreage that has been set aside for wildlife.

In other action, the Traverse Bay Chapter is now part of MDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program, adopting a two mile stretch ofM-66 in Antrim County where wild turkeys are frequently seen. Members of the chapter will be out three times a year picking up litter from the side of the highway, for which we will be recognized with a MDOT sign acknowledging our group in that area-great exposure for us and all sportsmen and women! Consider doing the same with one of the organizations you’re involved in and do something positive for our environment!

September 2009 Update
Wild Turkey Patch Program