Hunt and Win – Consumer’s Energy to Bring Hunters New Wetland Wonders Challenge

Wetland Wonders Challenge prize packages include Avian X duck and goose decoys, Zink custom duck and goose calls, a shotgun and more.

Wetland Wonders Winners
2013-2014 Wetland Wonders Challenge winners with their prizes.
Michigan DNR
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Lansing, MI -( Seven lucky hunters will win over $1,500 in prizes just by hunting at Michigan’s seven Managed Waterfowl Hunt Areas this fall and winter.

A new Wetland Wonders Challenge, sponsored by Consumers Energy, will begin Oct. 11 and continue through Jan. 31, 2015. 2013-2014 Wetland Wonders Challenge winners with prizesSeven winners will be chosen to win ultimate waterfowl hunting prize packages valued at $1,500, including a “golden ticket” for one first-choice pick at a Managed Waterfowl Hunt Area (MWHA) for the 2015-16 season (non-reserved).

Other prizes include a Mossberg 835 camo waterfowl and turkey combo 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 Feb. 9, 2015.

Michigan’s Wetland Wonders are the seven premier MWHAs 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 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 MWHAs, they will receive an individual commemorative duck leg band for that MWHA and a validation on their Wetland Wonders Challenge punch card (available at all MWHAs). To be entered, participants must hunt at three of the seven southern Michigan Wetland Wonders and submit a punch-card entry form.

New this year, hunters may increase their chances of winning by hunting at more than three MWHAs. Hunters can hunt at four MWHAs for two entries, five MWHAs for three entries, six MWHAs for four entries, and hunting at all seven MWHAs will earn five contest entries.

For more information on the MWHAs (including location, drawing times, dates, and rules and regulations) and the Wetland Wonders Challenge contest (including terms and conditions), please click here.

“Our MWHAs 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 (MWL), 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.

About The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)

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.

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