DNR offers resources to plan your bird hunting season

Hunters enjoy the 2017 opening day of ruffed grouse season at the LeeGrande Ranch GEMS location.

MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Department of Natural Resources is suggesting bird hunters get a head start on planning their hunting season.

There are nineteen "Grouse Enhanced Management Sites" (GEMS) in the northern Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula available for grouse hunting this fall.

“Preseason planning for your fall bird hunt can really pay off,” said Michigan DNR upland game bird specialist Al Stewart. “Michigan has millions of acres of huntable public land with excellent young forests that have made northern Michigan a destination for many.”

To start planning your grouse hunting trip you can visit the DNR website and explore the animated maps of the GEMS.

The DNR also suggests exploring the trails in the area you plan to hunt before hunting season starts.

Parking areas near GEMS have informational kiosks that offer reading material on the area.

If you've already decided where you're hunting, Mi-HUNT has specific stand and road information.

Michigan’s grouse season runs September 15 to November 14 and December 1 to January 1. Woodcock, a migratory bird, have an abbreviated season, September 22 to November 5.

To hunt grouse and woodcock in Michigan, hunters only need a base license.

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