Mike Scherzer of Freeland, Jeff Kresnak of Caledonia and Makayla Fleetwood of Bloomingdale – the most recent winners of the Pure Michigan Hunt drawing – all came to February’s Natural Resources Commission meeting in Detroit to take home their winnings.
Each won 2016 hunting licenses for elk, bear, antlerless deer and spring and fall turkey, as well as first choice at a managed waterfowl hunt area on opening morning.
In addition to the hunting licenses, the Pure Michigan Hunt winners also received an ultimate prize package. Valued at more than $4,000, each prize package is made up of donations from Michigan businesses and organizations.
The 2016 winners received the following prizes:
Annual subscription, camouflage hat, current copies of publication and Outdoor Print of the Year – Michigan Outdoor News
Camouflage pop-up blind – Ameristep
12-gauge camouflage shotgun – Michigan Ducks Unlimited
Terminator II Crossbow – Darton Archery
Marlin x7 30.06 bolt-action rifle – Dick Williams Gun Shop
Go-Pro outdoor camera – St. Clair Flats Waterfowlers, Inc.
Quiver accessories – Kwikee Kwiver
Hunting accessories – Harmon Scents
Custom waterfowl mount – The Trophy Room
Traps, DVDs, calls and more – Michigan Trappers and Predator Callers Association
Turkey hunting gear – Michigan Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation
Deer/habitat management package – Michigan Chapter of Quality Deer Management Association
$100 Cabela’s gift card – Saginaw Field and Stream Club
Made in the USA quilt-lined Realtree Xtra® jackets and bib overalls – Carhartt
Shotgun case and hat – Ruffed Grouse Society
Eberlestock team elk pack – Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Two-day/two-night guided hunt (winner’s choice between guided turkey, deer or bear hunt, includes lodging and food) – East Lake Outfitters
Memberships – National and Mid-Michigan Chapter of Safari Club International
Custom shooting ear plugs and hat – Michigan Hearing
Half-day, fully guided five-bird pheasant hunt – Bear Creek Hunt Club
$100 gas card – Michigan United Conservation Clubs
$100 Jay’s Sporting Goods gift card – 9&10 News
BrewVine passports valued at $100 – BrewVine
Sweatshirt and hat – Waterfowl USA
Fletching kit – Bohning Archery
Personalized Pure Michigan Hunt hat and engraved knife – Michigan Planners
Framed and matted 2015 Michigan duck stamp print – Michigan Duck Hunters Association
The 2016 Pure Michigan Hunt drawing drew a total of 35,336 applications purchased by 13,736 individuals, generating $176,680 that will fund wildlife habitat restoration and improvements in Michigan.
Applications for the 2017 Pure Michigan Hunt went on sale at retail license agents March 1. Hunters may purchase as many $5 Pure Michigan Hunt applications as they like. Visit www.mi.gov/pmh to purchase, or for more information.
Twenty-one Michigan hunters have won the Pure Michigan Hunt since the drawings started in 2009. The additional prize package that the winners take home changes annually based on the Michigan businesses and organizations that join the Pure Michigan Hunt. Past years’ winners have received rifles, shotguns, crossbows, pop-up blinds, camouflage clothing packages, guided hunts and much more.
Pure Michigan Hunt winners now can transfer one or all of their licenses to another eligible hunter. This will allow hunters – and their friends and family members – to buy as many Pure Michigan Hunt applications as they want for both themselves and others. Instead of needing to know other hunters’ driver’s license numbers, addresses and birthdates to apply on their behalf, Pure Michigan Hunt winners now have the ability to give one or more of their licenses away to whomever they choose or keep all of the licenses for themselves.