The Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative
The Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative (MPRI) is an opportunity for neighboring landowners to work together to restore habitat by building landowner cooperatives! The goal of the plan is to double Michigan's current pheasant harvest. The plan will also have a tremendous impact on hunter retention and recruitment in the state.
"There are more than 50,000 hunters who pursue pheasants annually in Michigan, and we can do better at meeting their demand for opportunity," says Mike Parker, Private Lands Biologist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, "It's a given that when you have an abundance of quality habitat, you have pheasants. Revitalizing habitat - nesting cover, escape cover and food, and winter cover - is the key to revitalizing pheasant hunting in Michigan."
The key difference between past efforts and the new Pheasant Restoration Initiative, Parker says, is the broad landscape scale. Previous efforts have been successful on smaller scales, improving 40 acres for a landowner here, and 40 acres for a landowner there. But to maximize pheasant hunting, we need to broaden the focus. The goal will be to restore pheasant habitat on 15 to 30 percent of the landscape within the Pheasant Recovery Areas, utilizing state land where possible. The long-range objective is to have 200 or so 10,000 acre Pheasant Recovery Areas in the state, or 2 million acres in the program.
To learn more: contact our office at 810-648-2998 x 5 and ask Jacob, our new Wildlife Biologist, to assist you!