Seven lucky waterfowl hunters will win more than $1,500 in prizes just by hunting at three of Michigan’s seven managed waterfowl hunt areas. This fall the Wetland Wonders Challenge, sponsored by Consumers Energy, will begin on Oct. 8 and continue through Feb. 12, 2017.
Seven winners will be chosen to win ultimate waterfowl hunting prize packages valued at $1,500, including a “golden ticket” that’s good for one first-choice pick at a managed waterfowl hunt area for the 2017-18 season (non-reserved). Other prizes include a 12-gauge shotgun, Zink custom duck and goose calls, Avian X mallard and goose decoys, and waterfowl hunting gear. Contest partner Michigan United Conservation Clubs will select winners on Feb. 27, 2017.
Michigan’s Wetland Wonders are the seven premier managed waterfowl hunt areas in the state: Fennville Farm Unit at the Allegan State Game Area (Allegan County), Fish Point State Wildlife Area (Tuscola County), St. Clair Flats State Wildlife Area on Harsens Island (St. Clair County), Muskegon County Wastewater Facility (Muskegon County), Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area (Bay County), Pointe Mouillee State Game Area (Monroe and Wayne counties) and Shiawassee River State Game Area (Saginaw County).
These areas, scattered across the southern Lower Peninsula, were created in the 1960s to provide exceptional waterfowl hunting opportunities, and are still managed today to provide waterfowl habitat for nesting and migration and for the benefit of other wetland wildlife. Since the beginning, the areas have been funded by hunting license fees and area use fees, but they are open for anyone to visit, use and enjoy most of the year.
When hunters register at any of the managed waterfowl hunt areas, they will receive an individual commemorative duck leg band for that area and a validation on their Wetland Wonders Challenge punch card (available at all managed waterfowl hunt areas). To be entered, participants must hunt at three of the seven southern Michigan Wetland Wonders and submit a punch-card entry form.
Hunters may increase their chance to win by hunting at more than three managed waterfowl hunt areas. Hunters can hunt at four areas for two entries, five areas for three entries, six areas for four entries, and all seven areas will earn five contest entries. Hunters that hunt at all seven managed waterfowl hunt areas will automatically win a prize.
For more information on the managed waterfowl hunt areas (including location, drawing times, dates, rules and regulations) and the Wetland Wonders Challenge contest (including terms and conditions), please visit www.michigan.gov/wetlandwonders.
“Our managed waterfowl hunt areas offer hunters access to some of the best waterfowl hunting areas in the state,” said Barb Avers, DNR waterfowl and wetlands specialist. “If you haven’t visited one before, we invite you to come experience these unique hunting areas and see what they’re all about.”
The Wetland Wonders Challenge is part of the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy, a 10-year, cooperative partnership to restore, conserve and celebrate Michigan’s waterfowl, wetlands and waterfowl hunting community. The initiative is a “call to action” to honor yesterday, engage today and build for tomorrow.