Hunters can check out Michigan’s seven “Wetland Wonders” – the seven premier managed waterfowl areas in southern Michigan – in a series of new YouTube videos highlighting some of these treasures. The DNR invites hunters to explore these areas this fall, and the videos offer a great resource, especially for hunters wanting to try a managed waterfowl hunting area for the first time.
Developed by the DNR, along with several partners, the five videos showcase the managed waterfowl areas at Shiawassee River State Game Area in St. Charles, Pointe Mouillee State Game Area in Rockwood, Fish Point State Wildlife Area in Unionville, Harsen’s Island Managed Waterfowl Area in St. Clair County and Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area in Pinconning (the two other managed waterfowl areas are Fennville Farm Unit at the Allegan State Game Area and Muskegon County Wastewater Facility).
In these videos, DNR Wildlife Division staff members outline how managed waterfowl hunts work, the features of each area, hunting rules for each area, types of waterfowl present, how hunting zones are assigned to hunters and much more.
“The managed areas can be somewhat intimidating for new hunters, and these videos were developed to help ease some of that anxiety and let hunters know what to expect when they get there,” said Barbara Avers, DNR waterfowl and wetland specialist.
“Think of them as a ‘virtual tour’ of each of the managed waterfowl areas,” said Joe Robison, DNR wildlife biologist supervisor. “These videos should help answer a lot of questions for new hunters to come out and enjoy these wetland wonders.”
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources would like to recognize and thank the following organizations and individuals who made these videos possible: Shiawassee Flats Citizens and Hunters Association, Fish Point Wildlife Association, Michigan Duck Hunters Association (Saginaw Bay Chapter), Gibraltar Duck Hunters Association, Pte. Mouillee Waterfowl Festival, St. Clair Flats Waterfowlers, Michigan Duck Hunters Association (Blue Water Chapter) and Shawn Stahl for his efforts editing and producing the videos.