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Michigan reserved managed waterfowl area hunt applications

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that waterfowl reserved hunt applications are available now through Aug. 28.

To apply for reserved hunts on certain managed waterfowl areas, visit a license agent or www.mdnr-elicense.com. Applications are $5, and hunters may apply only once. Drawing results will be posted Sept. 18.

Reserved hunts will be held both mornings and afternoons of the opening weekend of waterfowl hunting season at Fish Point State Wildlife Area, Harsens Island and Shiawassee River State Game Area, and morning-only reserved goose hunts will be held at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge.

The maximum party size is four hunters. For morning hunts and the second-day hunts, successful applicants must have appropriate licenses and stamps and be accompanied by one to three other appropriately licensed hunters. Youth have a special opportunity because the opening-day afternoon hunts are for those 16 and younger. Successful applicants for the opening-day afternoon hunts can have up to two adults 18 years of age or older with appropriate licenses accompanying.

For more information about waterfowl hunting, visit www.michigan.gov/waterfowl.

Hunters have an additional opportunity to participate in a reserved waterfowl hunt by applying for the 2018 Pure Michigan Hunt drawing. Each application is $5, and hunters may apply as many times as they like until Dec. 31, 2017. Three lucky winners will receive a hunt package that includes reserved waterfowl, elk, bear, turkey and antlerless deer licenses. For more information, visit the Pure Michigan Hunt website.

Michigan’s managed waterfowl areas offer first-class waterfowl hunting and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Visit the DNR website to learn more about Michigan’s Wetland Wonders.