Recent clover and rye plantings on state land in Delta County have helped to improve local deer habitat and forage conditions, the Department of Natural Resources said today. The planting projects were funded by the state’s Deer Range Improvement Program (DRIP), which is funded with $1.50 from each deer hunting license sold. The DRIP fund is ear-marked for deer habitat improvement and maintenance, along with land acquisitions in the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula for deer management purposes.

“Hunters in northern and western Delta County may notice some bright green forest clearings amidst the drab brown of late fall,” said DNR wildlife technician Bill Rollo. “The new greenery is from clover and rye, which will provide an important food source for deer going into the winter. The plantings will also be the first green forage available after the spring melt.”

Additional state land habitat improvement projects are currently in the works for Delta and Menominee counties with various Upper Peninsula sportsmen’s organizations. Past projects have included monetary and volunteer support from the Bay de Noc Gobblers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, U.P. Whitetails Association, Wildlife Unlimited of Delta County and the Menominee County Pheasant Club.

“Seeding projects, like those recently completed in Delta County, are providing tangible results for hunters,” Rollo said. “When visiting the planting sites, I’ve already noticed tree stands and hunting blinds set up nearby.”

To learn more about the recent DRIP-funded plantings, contact Bill Rollo at 906-786-2351 or go online to www.michigan.gov/deer.

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