The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced the three winners of the 10th annual Pure Michigan Hunt. Greg Burks of White Lake (Oakland County), Jesse Jubb of Bath (Clinton County) and John Murphy of Lapeer (Lapeer County) each won an array of licenses and more than $4,000 worth of hunting gear.
This year the first names of the winners first were announced during a Facebook live event Jan. 18. DNR Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason made a follow-up call to each of the winners, congratulating them on this opportunity.
Each Pure Michigan Hunt winner receives elk, bear, spring and fall turkey, and antlerless deer licenses and a base license to be used in 2019. In addition, the winners – along with three hunting companions each – will get first pick for a reserved hunt at any of Michigan’s premier managed waterfowl hunt areas.
Burks, Jubb and Murphy each also won a package of gear donated by Michigan businesses and organizations:
Engraved Henry Golden Boy .22 long rifle – Dick Williams Gun Shop of Saginaw
Mossberg Model 930 12-gauge shotgun – Michigan Ducks Unlimited
Jet Sled and Yeti mugs – St. Clair Flats Waterfowlers, Inc.
Half-day, fully guided, five-bird pheasant hunt – Bear Creek Hunt Club of Clayton
Guided turkey hunt (or same value toward deer or bear hunt), including lodging and food – Wild Game Dynasty of Essexville
“The Shelter” bow case and bow sling combo – Bohning Archery of Lake City
Avian X Mallard decoys, Zink calls (duck and goose) – Waterfowl USA of Southwestern Lake Erie Chapter
Five-year Commemorative Bucks of Michigan membership, including free trophy entry for any qualifying deer, bear, elk or turkey – Commemorative Bucks of Michigan of Bath
Framed and matted Michigan duck stamp print and embroidered camo hat – Michigan Duck Hunters Association
DOEnation T-shirts and baseball caps – DOEnation of Big Rapids
Estrus Max Doe in Heat Urine Lure (ATA Seal of Participation), Elk Cow in Heat Estrus Urine Lure (ATA Seal of Participation), set of cover scents, scent wicks, Buck Bait logoed hat, Buck Bait logoed decal sticker, three blends of Deer Camp Coffee (official licensed Realtree product), 16 oz. Deer Camp coffee logoed mug, Deer Camp Coffee logoed decal – Buck Baits of Sterling Heights
One-year subscription, Outdoor News hat and Outdoor Print of the Year – Michigan Outdoor News
Custom shooting earplugs and hat – Michigan Hearing (locations across Michigan)
Personalized Pure Michigan Hunt hat and engraved knife – Michigan Planners of Garfield Township
$100 Cabela’s gift card – Saginaw Field and Stream Club
Shotgun case and hat – Ruffed Grouse Society
Traps, DVDs, calls and more – Michigan Trappers and Predator Callers Association
Deer/habitat management package – Michigan Chapter of Quality Deer Management Association
Custom waterfowl mount – The Trophy Room at Jay’s of Clare.
Membership, subscription to Michigan Out-of-Doors Magazine, merchandise, Cooking Wild Game and Fish with Chef Milos cookbook – Michigan United Conservation Clubs of Lansing
Yeti Roadie 20 cooler, annual supporting membership – Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Turkey hunting vest, personalized turkey box call, wild turkey cooperator patch – Michigan Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation
The winners will be awarded their prizes at the Michigan Natural Resources Commission meeting Thursday, Feb. 14, in Lansing.
Applications for the next Pure Michigan Hunt drawing will be available for sale starting March 1. For more information, visit Michigan.gov/PMH.
Each $5 Pure Michigan Hunt application purchased helps fund wildlife habitat restoration and management in Michigan. The 2019 drawing saw a total of 57,726 applications purchased by 19,793 individuals, generating more than $288,630 for habitat restoration and improvement efforts. The money raised through the purchase of applications also is eligible for a 3-to-1 federal match through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, which could mean as much as an additional $865,890 for Michigan’s wildlife.