The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that Mi-HUNT is a cutting-edge, web-based application that can optimize a hunter’s experience. No matter where you are in Michigan, you can find public hunting land. The interactive mapping application can be found at www.michigan.gov/mihunt.
Mi-HUNT provides the platform for users to view and navigate through public and private lands open to public hunting and trapping in Michigan. The interactive layers of Mi-HUNT allow the user to view:
- all state game and wildlife areas;
- vegetation cover types on DNR lands;
- the topography of huntable lands;
- recreational facilities such as forest campgrounds, trails, wildlife areas and boat launches; and
- street maps and directions to huntable areas.
This year, the DNR received a grant from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) to improve Mi-HUNT for the user. It is being updated to provide more services to the user while improving the ease-of-use. Improvements will include:
- simplifying the use and expanding the availability of vegetation cover types;
- adding a shooting range layer with links to information on each public shooting range in Michigan;
- creating an online tutorial on how to use Mi-HUNT;
- providing a guide that describes the wildlife resources available to the public on Wildlife Division managed lands;
- creating a module in Mi-HUNT that will allow map coordinates to be downloaded onto a user’s GPS; and
- adding updates to lands open to public hunting with new additions from Michigan’s Hunter Access program.
“We are listening to our customers and making these modifications to improve their hunting experience,” said Russ Mason, chief of the DNR Wildlife Division. “Mi-HUNT is an incredible and very useful web-based application and ties in perfectly to DNR Director Rodney Stokes’ recruitment and retention priority. We appreciate the grant funding from NSSF.”
The DNR also wants to remind hunters they have an additional opportunity to receive turkey, bear, elk, deer, and reserved waterfowl licenses by applying for the 2012 Pure Michigan Hunt drawing. Each application is $4 and you may apply as many times as you like. Three lucky winners will receive a hunt package that also includes a rifle and crossbow. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/puremichiganhunt.
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. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.