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Wetland Wonders Challenge winners awarded prizes

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 10:15 AM

2015 Wetland Wonders Challenge winners

Winners of the Consumers Energy-sponsored Wetland Wonders Challenge, hosted by the Department of Natural Resources and Michigan United Conservation Clubs, were awarded an ultimate waterfowl hunting prize package on Friday, March 20 at the Shiawassee River State Game Area in St. Charles, Michigan.


“I was very surprised to get the call that I was one of the seven winners,” said Chris Armstrong Birtch. “It’s great that the Michigan DNR, Consumers Energy and Michigan United Conservation Clubs do things like this to reward Michigan’s hunters.”


To be entered in the drawing, participants had to hunt at three or more of the seven southern Michigan Wetland Wonders. The seven winners of the 2014 Wetland Wonders Challenge are Mike Ahles of West Olive, Chris Armstrong Birtch of Avoca, Duane Builte of Gaines, Jason Robert Evett of Coloma, Coty Hough of Waterford, Eric Keen of Shelby Township and Henry R. Manial of Burt.


The seven lucky winners were awarded prize packages worth approximately $1,500, including a Mossberg camouflage shotgun with a case, custom Zink duck and goose calls, premium Avian X duck and goose decoys, a field bag, other waterfowl hunting accessories, and a “golden ticket,” good for one non-reserved first-choice pick at a managed waterfowl hunt area for the 2015-16 season.


Michigan’s Wetland Wonders are the seven premier managed waterfowl areas in southern Michigan: Fennville Farm Unit at the Allegan State Game Area, Fish Point State Wildlife Area, St. Clair Flats State Wildlife Area on Harsens Island, Muskegon County Wastewater Facility, Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area, Pointe Mouillee State Game Area and Shiawassee River State Game Area.


“I hunt Harsens Island the most,” said Wetland Wonders Challenge winner Eric Keen. “Being a member of Harsens Island Waterfowl Hunting Association, you get to see how hard staff members of the DNR work with clubs and volunteers to make it a great place to hunt. After hunting other managed areas through this challenge, I see that other units have people that work just as hard. It is great for the habitat, wildlife and the people that enjoy the units. Thank you everyone involved across this state for another great season.”


Hunters interested in entering should look for a new Consumers Energy Wetland Wonders Challenge to begin in the fall of 2015 and continue through January of 2016. This contest will focus on the managed waterfowl hunting opportunities Michigan’s Wetland Wonders. To learn more, visit www.michigan.gov/wetlandwonders.


The Department of Natural Resources would like to extend a special thank you to Consumers Energy for sponsoring this contest. Its generous contribution allowed for the promotion of the challenge and the purchase of prizes for the winners.


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.


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