Hunters, there’s still time to enter the Consumers Energy-sponsored Wetland Wonders Challenge this waterfowl season. The contest began Oct. 12 and runs until Jan. 31, 2014.

Michigan’s Wetland Wonders are the seven premier Managed Waterfowl Hunt Areas (MWHAs) 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) and Shiawassee River State Game Area (Saginaw County).

These areas provide exceptional waterfowl hunting opportunities throughout the hunting season. Managed duck hunting runs through Dec. 8 at most of the MWHAs; however, the Fennville Farm Unit and Muskegon Wastewater Facility have managed goose hunting opportunities even later. Canada goose hunting at the Fennville Farm Unit runs through Jan. 31 and Muskegon Wastewater Facility’s season runs Dec. 1-22.

Seven lucky winners will be chosen to win ultimate waterfowl hunting prize packages valued at $1,000, including a ‘Golden Ticket’ that’s good for one first-choice pick at a MWHA for the 2014-15 season (non-reserved), a shotgun, duck and goose calls, and duck and goose decoys. Contest partner Michigan United Conservation Clubs will select winners on Feb. 10, 2014.

“With Consumers Energy’s generous support, we’ve been able to put together an exceptional prize package, so get out there and get your three punches,” said Barb Avers, DNR waterfowl specialist. “There’s still plenty of opportunity to enjoy Michigan’s waterfowl hunting.”

When hunters register at any of the MWHAs, they will receive an individual commemorative duck leg band for that MWHA and a validation on their Wetland Wonders Challenge punch card (available at all MWHAs). To be entered, participants must hunt at three of the seven southern Michigan Wetland Wonders and submit a punch card entry form. For more information on the MWHAs (including location, drawing times, dates, and rules and regulations) and the Wetland Wonders Challenge contest (including terms and conditions), please visit www.michigan.gov/wetlandwonders.

Logo courtesy Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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