Shiawassee River in St. Charles will hold its youth hunt on Saturday, Nov. 9.
Parties with at least one youth will be given priority in the afternoon draw at all three MWHAs. Other parties will then be placed in a separate drawing for the remaining zones.
Drawings for afternoon hunts will occur at 11 a.m. Youth priority drawings are available for hunting parties with at least one youth and up to two adults (maximum party size is four). All youths participating in these priority hunts must be properly licensed to hunt. Youth hunters 9 years old and younger must be accompanied by a qualified Mentored Youth Hunting Program mentor.
Youth hunters are always welcome at the managed waterfowl areas. These youth priority drawings simply provide youths with the chance for good choices in selecting hunting zones.
Youths and adults participating in these hunts are encouraged to become Michigan Waterfowl Legacy members. Michigan Waterfowl Legacy membership kits for kids and adults will be passed out at each area during this priority draw.
The Michigan Waterfowl Legacy (MWL) is a 10-year, cooperative partnership to restore, conserve and celebrate Michigan's waterfowl, wetland and waterfowl hunting community. The initiative is a "call to action" to honor yesterday, engage today, and build for tomorrow. To learn more about the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy, visit www.michigan.gov/mwl or look for MWL on Facebook.
The Saginaw Bay Region MWL has been funded in part by a grant from the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN). The Saginaw Bay WIN is a community-based, voluntary initiative that connects people, resources, organizations and programs and works to improve the quality of life in the area by developing projects, supporting related organizations and developing the region's identity as a sustainable community.
The Wetland Wonders Challenge, sponsored by Consumers Energy and running until Jan. 31, 2014, is also happening at these same areas. Youth and adult hunters that hunt at three MWHAs can be entered in the contest. Seven winners will be chosen to win ultimate waterfowl hunting prize packages valued at $1,000, including a "Golden Ticket" that's good for one first-choice pick at an MWHA for the 2014-15 season (non-reserved). Check out www.michigan.gov/wetlandwonders to read contest terms and conditions.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.