Hunting The DNR reminds hunters that were not successful on getting a bear or elk license that they could apply for the 2019 Pure Michigan Hunt and possibly get both plus all the other licenses for the 2019 hunting seasons that the lucky winners of the drawing receive. For more information on the $5.00 application for the Pure Michigan Hunt drawing, go to the DNR website and type it in. All application money is applied to habitat restoration. Annual reports detailing the 2017-2018 hunting season results, habitat management activities and weekly waterfowl counts are now available for Michigan’s seven Wetland Wonders at www.michigan.gov/wetlandwonders, click on the “Weekly Manager’s Updates, Waterfowl Counts by Area and Annual Reports” tab. Michigan’s Wetland Wonders are the seven premier managed waterfowl hunt areas 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); Shiawassee River State Game Area (Saginaw County). Created in the 1960s to provide exceptional waterfowl hunting opportunities, these areas are still managed today to provide waterfowl habitat for nesting and migration and for the benefit of other wetland-dependent wildlife. Since the beginning, they have been funded by hunting license fees, but are open for everyone to visit, use and enjoy most of the year.
Watervliet Rod & Gun Club The Watervliet Rod and Gun Club will hold their monthly CCW classes on July 19 and July 21, 2018. Registration was on July 17, and cost of the class is $100. They will have a lawyer explaining the law pertaining to concealed carry during class. Please call (269) 468-3837 or (269) 470-9191 for more information.
Hunter Education Course includes Field Day for students taking course instruction online The Watervliet Rod and Gun Club will be holding a Hunter Education Course in September, but now is the time to set up your field day if you’re taking the course on line or elsewhere that does not offer the field day with an instructor. To complete the course, a field day is required. The complete course will be held at the Watervliet Rod and Gun Club on Hennessey Road on September 22 (class room) and September 23 (field day). On September 18 and 19, between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. students will fill out registration sheets and receive books at the 3413 Hennessey Road address. For more information contact John Andrasi at 269-861-1824 or Ron Sefcik at 269-487-8567.
I was attacked by a wild animal last week. Fortunately, said wild animal was an insect. Normally the backswimmer, an aquatic member of the “true bug” family, uses its pointed mouth part to pierce the skin of prey. It has to be sharp to penetrate the chitinous exoskeletons that cover most of its prey. The bite also delivers powerful neurotoxic venom. The venom rapidly induces paralysis and then liquefies the victim’s insides. The feeding process lasts from a few minutes (for small worms and crustaceans) to several hours (for larger tadpoles and small fish). As is the case with many venomous animals, the backswimmer’s venom is also used as a defensive weapon. A backswimmer trapped in human fingers will certainly feel the need to fight back. The injected venom produces intense pain and numbness; I can attest to this. It has also been known to cause tissue necrosis and respiratory disturbances. I consider myself lucky to escape with only a sore finger. Backswimmers can fly to new water bodies, including swimming pools. Pool owners should beware of these critters with the rowboat-like movement. Meet some of Sarett’s animal ambassadors today, July 19, at 3:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; children are free. Enjoy Music & Butterflies in the Butterfly House with harpist Meg Rodgers on Sunday, July 22 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $2 for children.