FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 9, 2012



Contact: Kelly Siciliano Carter, 517-242-0193 or Ed Golder, 517-335-3014





DNR Seeks Input to Improve Hunting and Fishing Digests



The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking input from hunters and anglers on ways to improve its annual hunting digests and fishing guide. Feedback gathered from focus groups and surveys conducted over the next several months will aid the DNR’s efforts to make these publications more useful to customers.



“We want our customers to clearly understand the information and regulations before they head out into Michigan's woods and waters,” said DNR Director Rodney Stokes. “This project is about presenting the regulations so hunters and anglers can enjoy harvesting game and fish with less confusion and with confidence that they’re following the law.”



The DNR will conduct focus groups with avid and novice hunters and anglers in late February and March. “We’ll be talking in-depth with our customers about what they find helpful and problematic about the current guides and their suggestions for potential improvements, with the end goal of generating some ideas for new publications that work best for hunters and anglers,” Stokes added.



Once the focus groups are complete, the DNR will conduct a survey based on the groups’ feedback. Stokes explained that input from the survey – which will be sent to thousands of people who have purchased a hunting or fishing license in the past and members of conservation organizations – will help inform decisions about revamping the guides.



Improved digests and guides will be distributed in 2013.



Anyone who has ever hunted, trapped, or fished in Michigan is invited to complete a brief survey now through Feb. 3, 2012. The data received from this preliminary survey will help identify discussion topics for the focus groups.



To complete the Hunting and Trapping Digest survey, visit: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MichiganHuntTrapDigest



To complete the Fishing Guide survey, visit: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MichiganFishingGuide



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.