The Pure Michigan Hunt drawing opportunity kicked off March 1. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds hunters to apply today so they don’t miss their chance to win the hunt of a lifetime. There are three lucky winners each year.

Fifteen Michigan hunters have won the Pure Michigan Hunt since the drawings started in 2009. Each winner receives an elk, bear, spring and fall turkey, and antlerless deer license and, on opening morning of waterfowl season, winners get first choice at any of Michigan’s world-class managed waterfowl hunt areas across the state.

The additional prize package that the winners take home changes annually based on the Michigan businesses and organizations that join the Pure Michigan Hunt. Past years’ winners have received rifles, shotguns, crossbows, pop-up blinds, camouflage clothing packages, guided hunts and much more.

Recent winners Bill Kring of Cadillac, Bruce Shaneour of Osseo and Frank Zrepskey of Algonac collected their complete prize packages at February’s Natural Resources Commission meeting.

Pure Michigan Hunt applications can be purchased for $5 each in unlimited quantities, anywhere hunting licenses are sold, or online at All that’s needed is the full name, driver’s license number and birthdate of the person entering in the drawing.

The current prize package is just starting to be compiled. Visit to watch the prize package grow as new businesses and organizations come on board.

Michigan businesses or organizations interested in sponsoring the Pure Michigan Hunt can contact Katie Keen at 231-775-9727. This season the Pure Michigan Hunt is brought to you by Michigan Outdoor News; visit for more information.

Logo courtesy Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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