MI GEMS grouse program kicks off on Drummond Island


« Back


From an email:

From: "Michigan DNR" <MIDNR@govsubscriptions.michigan.gov>
Date: Aug 26, 2014 2:57 PM
Subject: Attention hunters – grouse program kicks off on Drummond Island Sept. 4

GEMS are unique, walk-in hunting areas across the northern Lower and Upper peninsulas.

Upper Peninsula DNR News


Aug. 26, 2014

Contact: Katie Keen, 989-385-0336 or Al Stewart, 517-284-6221

Attention hunters – grouse program kicks off on Drummond Island Sept. 4

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Ruffed Grouse Society and the U.S. Forest Service will kick off the GEMS (Grouse Enhanced Management System) initiative with an event on Drummond Island Thursday, Sept. 4, at 1 p.m.

The kickoff event will feature DNR Director Keith Creagh, Ruffed Grouse Society President and CEO John Eichinger, Drummond Island Tourism Association member Denny Bailey and many others who have been actively involved in the GEMS program. To attend the event, follow directional signs when you come off the ferry.

Kickoff Agenda
1 p.m. - Opening comments and media questions
1:45 p.m. - Refreshments
2:15 p.m. - Walking tour of the area led by local DNR wildlife biologist and forester

Michigan DNR gems (Grouse Enhanced Management System) logo

The GEMS are unique ruffed grouse hunting areas across the northern Lower and Upper peninsulas that provide great hunting opportunities for a variety of hunters, including youth, adults new to the sport and seniors. Seven GEMS locations will be available for the fall 2014 hunting season - in Chippewa, Dickinson, Gogebic, Mackinac and Marquette counties in the Upper Peninsula and Cheboygan and Gladwin counties in the Lower Peninsula - and additional locations will be available in the future. (The Gogebic County GEMS map will be added soon.)

“Picture a youngster learning the sport of grouse hunting while walking this meandering trail with a mentor and a fine hunting dog, or someone with mobility issues who gets to enjoy the sport on a cleared trail," said Al Stewart, DNR upland game bird biologist. “GEMS is a great new initiative that promotes hunter recruitment and also bridges that important gap between hunters, local communities and businesses.”

Part of the GEMS initiative's aim is to help link hunters with area businesses.

“Hunting is an honorable and important part of our culture and tradition,” said Terry Minzey, DNR wildlife regional supervisor.  “With the creation of the GEMS, we hope to connect local businesses and hunters, while balancing the increased hunting activity, helping to ensure that the hunting traditions are maintained into the future.”

Many grouse hunters will seek out supplies and accommodations, and area businesses can benefit by encouraging hunters to visit their communities. Several area businesses are offering discounts when hunters come in with a picture of themselves with a GEMS sign. Businesses interested in connecting with hunters can contact Katie Keen at 231-775-9727 or keenk1@michigan.gov.

Those who would like to attend the kickoff event are asked to RSVP to DNR-Wildlife@michigan.gov. For more information about GEMS, visit www.michigan.gov/hunting.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

Mission Statement

Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society is North America's foremost conservation organization dedicated to preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife. RGS works with landowners and government agencies to develop critical habitat utilizing scientific management practices.

Join & Renew

Sign Up

Corporate Sponsors