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Highlighted Stories

  • Angler Benjamin Archambo on ice with small sturgeon he speared at Black Lake Black Lake sturgeon spearing season tradition continues in Cheboygan County

    Only at Black Lake in Cheboygan County can sport anglers use spears to harvest a sturgeon. There is a strict quota limiting total angler take and, individually, anglers can harvest only one sturgeon per season. Across Michigan, fishing seasons for lake sturgeon can extend several months, depending on the water body, but the Black Lake season often lasts only a matter of hours. This year’s season, which just recently concluded, was no exception.

  • Loggers work to remove trees from Emily Lake State Forest Campground after storm damage DNR divisions work cooperatively with partners to battle summer storm damage in the western U.P.

    There are numerous occasions when Michigan Department of Natural Resources divisions work together to perform a good number of tasks, but this cooperation is often unknown to the general public. Recently, in the Upper Peninsula, an especially great deal of cooperation was in evidence between several DNR divisions, as well as outside entities, called to respond to the impacts of two vicious storm systems that struck the western part of the region over a 10-day period.

  • Destiny Ery, age 10, shows off a squirrel she harvested at at Flat River State Game Area Youth hunt carries tradition forward

    For many decades, passing on the skills and knowledge of the hunting tradition from adults to youth has been a meaningful and vitally important part of our heritage in Michigan. Today, the practice continues, often with the help and support of hunters’ groups and the DNR.