The Face of Management

Without hard work, several of the species below would have disappeared in Michigan. Wildlife management is crucial to maintain the thriving wildlife we enjoy today. The habitat improvements, disease prevention and species restoration efforts done by dedicated professionals and volunteers alike are funded primarily by hunting and fishing license revenue – not from taxes.

  • White-tailed deer

    • Found in every Michigan county
    • Most live in female-led family groups
    • Like cows, deer have four stomachs
    • Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is fatal
  • Elk

    • Michigan’s elk disappeared by the late 1800s
    • Today’s elk herd dates back to 1918
    • Goal population: 500-900
    • Current population: 1,300+
  • Osprey

    • Females are slightly larger than males
    • These birds dine almost exclusively on live fish
    • Ospreys generally pair for life
    • There are over 250 nests statewide
  • Wild Turkey

    • Wild turkeys roost in trees at night
    • Wild turkeys eat insects, nuts, and berries
    • A group of turkeys is called a “rafter”
    • Baby turkeys are called “poults”
  • Kirtland’s Warbler

    • They Winter in Bahamas for 8 months 
    • Nearly extinct just 50 years ago
    • Population: 5,000 in 2016 
    • Listed as a endangered species
  • Lake Sturgeon

    • Can attain ages of up to 100 years old
    • Can grow up to 7 feet in length 
    • Can weigh up to 200 pounds
    • Listed as a threatened species