We are at 38° this a.m. Daytime, once again, is proving to be spectacular. Night times is too, but let’s face it, it is easier to be outside in the daytime and enjoy life than at night. The night sky has been impressive too. It has been clear and the stars have been bright. It reminds me of time to start watching for the northern lights.
At the risk of offending some of my readers; all this wonderful weather gets the hunters thinking about hunting season (which isn’t far off; article to follow my gibberish). I personally think this will be an excellent bear season for healthy, fat bears due to all the berries in the woods. But, for the hunters who bait, they might not be hitting the piles as much because of the abundance of “natural” food for the bears to consume.
There are cases of where the hunted becomes the hunter….did you hear about that young boy in the Grand Rapids (southern Michigan) area that was attacked by coyotes??? He went into his home and left the door open. Several coyotes followed him in, grabbed the cat and took off outside. The boy tried to save the cat. The coyote that had the cat finally let go but it was too late for the cat. The coyotes then turned their attention on the boy! The article that I read did not tell how the boy escaped but eventually the coyotes left. The young boy required stitches and is quite bruised.
Just recently, a pack of wolves has wreaked havoc at Bruce Crossing in the Western end of the U.P. They killed several geese and ducks and destroyed eggs. Two of the wolves have been captured. The DNR figured they were teaching their young how to hunt.
Michigan’s Small Game Hunting Season Arrives Sept. 15.
Hunting season shifts into a higher gear Monday, Sept. 15, as squirrels, rabbits, hares and ruffed grouse become fair game statewide.
Department of Natural Resources officials say conditions are right for a good season.
Rabbit and squirrel are numerous almost statewide. Hunters who were successful last year are likely to find good hunting in the same general areas.
Rabbit and hare season runs through March 31 with a daily bag limit of five in combination. Squirrel season runs through March 1 with a daily bag limit of five.
Grouse populations, which are cyclical, are on an upswing, said DNR upland game bird specialist Al Stewart.“We’re into the second or third year of a population increase, so hunters have every reason to be encouraged going into this season,” Stewart said.Grouse season runs through Nov. 14, closes for the 16-day firearms deer season, then re-opens Dec. 1 through Jan. 1. The daily bag limit is five in the two northern zones of the state, three in southern Michigan. (on a personal note, I am hearing more drumming this year than I have in a long time)
Woodcock season opens the next Saturday, Sept. 20, and runs throughNov. 3. The daily bag limit is three.
Pheasant and quail seasons open Oct. 20. The season for both species closes on Nov. 14. (another personal note; the ONLY pheasant I have ever seen in the U.P. had escaped from a game farm over by Curtis)
In addition, there is a separate pheasant season in a portion of southern lower Michigan that opens on Dec. 1 and extends through Jan. 1, 2009.
The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.
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