Outside briefs for June 11 | Sports activities


Free fishing, off-road driving and state park admission June 11-12

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages everyone to take advantage of the “Three Free” weekend—Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12—two full days when residents and overseas visitors can grab a fishing rod and hit the road -Road trails and visit state parks and boat docks, all for free.

“We have three important reasons for you to enjoy some of Michigan’s best outdoor recreation,” said DNR Director Dan Eichinger. “Whether you’re already an outdoor enthusiast or just starting to explore all the possibilities, our ‘Three Free’ weekend makes it easy for you to pick up a new hobby, visit a new park or meet friends for an outdoor -Introduce experiences you love. ”

• Free fishing weekend. Fish all species of the season without a license all weekend long. All other fishing regulations apply. For more details or to find a local event, visit Michigan.gov/FreeFishing.

• Free ORV weekend. Legally ski 4,000 miles of designated routes and trails and the state’s six scramble areas without purchasing an ORV license or trail permit. Visit Michigan.gov/ORVinfo for the latest ORV trail, safety and closure information.

• Free entry to the State Park. To encourage people to fish and pursue other outdoor fun for free, the DNR is waiving the regular admission fee for the Recreation Passport, which grants vehicular access to Michigan’s 103 state parks, 1,300 state-managed boat accesses and many other outdoor areas. Learn more about all Passport offerings at Michigan.gov/RecreationPassport. Free Fishing and Free ORV weekends are held twice a year on consecutive days, however the Three Free weekend is only held in June.

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Licenses, kill marks available for 2022 for fur harvesters

Fur harvester licenses for 2022 are now available for purchase. A valid Michigan base license is required to obtain a fur harvesting license. You can purchase 2022 base and fur harvester licenses online at www.michigan.gov/dnrlicenses or in person from any agent who sells Michigan licenses. Residents with a fur harvesting license wishing to capture bobcats, otters, fishermen or martens must request free kill tags for those species. Kill Tokens are available from May 1st to the last day of the fishing season for fishermen, martens and otters. Bobcat Kill Tags are available from May 1st to October 24th.

DNR encourages anglers to share details on muslunge fishing trips

Since 2014, this survey has been collecting information on musky fisherman demographics and catch data, such as: B. the length of the caught fish, the effort of the angler, the fished water and the methods used. Fishery managers have used this data to recommend changes in fisheries regulations to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission, evaluate the musclung restocking program, and learn more about self-sustaining populations.