The Michigan Natural Resources Commission has expanded Michigan crossbow hunting opportunities, effective immediately, reported the DNRE, which the commission oversees.
[/align][/align]* Lowering the minimum age for crossbow use from 12 to 10 years of age;
* Expanding the use of crossbows to all legal hunters during all archery and
firearm seasons statewide, except in the Upper Peninsula, where it remains prohibited during the late archery and muzzleloader seasons, unless the hunter is disabled
* Allowing the use of modified bows where crossbows are legal
* Issuing temporary crossbow permits for hunters with temporary disabilities
* Eliminating a provision that limited the maximum bolt velocity for crossbows
Hunters using crossbows must still obtain a free crossbow stamp that helps DNRE staff to monitor and survey crossbow hunters to determine the effect the crossbow regulations have on hunter recruitment, retention and harvest.
For more information about Michigan crossbow hunting, visit www.michigan.gov/hunting
Leftover turkey licenses to be sold starting Aug. 30
Who doesn't like turkey leftovers? The DNRE will begin selling leftover fall turkey licenses online and at license vendors at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 30.
More than 30,000 licenses are available, the bulk of them in southern Michigan. Most are for private land only, although general licenses are available for some areas. A hunter may buy one license per day until the unit quota is reached.
Fall turkey season runs from September 15 through November 14 and "provides a great opportunity for hunters to get a bird for their Thanksgiving dinner," said DNRE upland bird biologist Al Stewart, in a news release.
Syringes washing up on Lake Michigan beaches
Reports of syringes washing up on Lake Michigan-area beaches from Shelby to Arcadia have led the DNRE to urge caution of beach-goers.
Officials suspect the syringes are from a major combined-sewer overflow in the Milwaukee area on July 25, and were carried to Michigan by wind and lake currents.
"These syringes have the potential to harbor bacteria and viruses that can spread infectious diseases such as hepatitis or HIV, and anyone coming across one is encouraged to use extreme caution to avoid being stuck with the needle," said Liz Browne, of the DNRE's Environmental Resource Management Division, in a news release.
Browne said people should use extreme caution in picking up syringes, preferably using puncture-resistant gloves and placing them in a heavy plastic container, such as a detergent bottle with a screw on cap or a coffee can with a taped-down lid.
They can be taken to the Manistee County Medical Care Facility at 1505 E. Parkdale Ave., Manistee, or to the entrance booth to Ludington State Park. Placing them in regular household trash could expose waste collection workers to needle stick injuries.
"If I pull the hammer and shoot this young buck, he's dead. But if I pass on him, the next hunter might not shoot so straight."