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  • Carl T. Johnson Hunt and Fish Center's John Zakrajsek instructs at a recent steelhead clinic.With classroom and on-the-water instruction, steelhead clinic hooks studentsThe transition from lake fishing to river fishing is hard enough for many anglers, even if they're pursuing the same species of fish. But when they shift gears to try something completely different, there's a fairly steep learning curve. And that's the point behind the Department of Natural Resources' steelhead clinic that was held recently at the Carl T. Johnson Hunt and Fish Center in Cadillac - a two-day event designed to turned neophytes into bona fide steelheaders.
  • Michigan DNR conservation officer Brian Lebel works to restart his snowmobile after a breakdown.All in a day's work for Michigan conservation officersLearn about why there's no such thing as a typical day in the life of a Michigan conservation officers (CO). COs are fully commissioned state peace officers who provide natural resources protection and ensure recreational safety, as well as general law enforcement duties, in the communities they serve. They are a unique class of law enforcement officer, whose duties include enforcing regulations for outdoor activities such as off-road vehicle use, snowmobiling, boating, hunting and fishing.
  • A flight of shooters lines up during the 2014 National Archery in the Schools state tournament.Youth archers aim high at state tournamentThe first-ever live statewide Archery in the Schools tournament was put together by the Department of Natural Resources as a way to give the state's participants a bigger experience than the previous virtual tournaments. The daylong event drew 460 students from 22 schools around the state.
  • Volunteer Mike Sands and his son Tyler joined a brush pile building day at Fulton State Game Area.On-the-Ground volunteer efforts are making a big difference in habitat improvementRabbits and other small creatures will have some new homes at Fulton State Game Area now that a handful of volunteers - working on a Michigan-On-the-Ground program - spent a Saturday building brush piles at the Kalamazoo County site. The program, a partnership between Michigan United Conservation Clubs and the Department of Natural Resources, recruits volunteers to help the DNR improve fish and wildlife habitat across the state.

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  • Showcasing the Department of Natural ResourcesThe DNR understands the importance of preserving and enhancing our strong outdoor heritage, and we are committed to making out door education a priority. Programs that interest women, youth and men may be found in the following articles. All are designed to help you learn more about Michigan's natural resources, in order to gain a greater appreciation of the great outdoors and have more fun in the process! Showcasing archive
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