Lt. Governor Cherry Says There's Still Time to Apply for Pure Michigan Hunt

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August 13, 2010

In radio address, lieutenant governor also says Recreation Passport replaces state park sticker beginning October 1

LANSING - Lt. Governor John D. Cherry, Jr. today said that applications for the Pure Michigan Hunt are still available for purchase and also reminded people that starting October 1, the Recreation Passport replaces the state park sticker.  Cherry made his remarks in delivering this week's radio address on behalf of Governor Granholm.

"Hunting is a proud tradition for many of us in Michigan," Cherry said.  "It challenges us to perform at our best while appreciating Michigan's matchless forests, wildlife and environment."

"Hunters still can purchase applications for the Pure Michigan Hunt now through December 31," Cherry said.  "The Pure Michigan Hunt drawing on January 24 will award three lucky individuals the opportunity to hunt for elk, bear, spring and fall wild turkey, and antlerless deer." 

"The three winners also will have first pick of hunting sites at managed waterfowl areas during the reserved hunt period," Cherry continued.  "Hunters can purchase as many applications for the Pure Michigan Hunt drawing as they wish.  Applications are $4 and sold at license retailers."

"Also, for everyone who enjoys visiting our state parks, remember that starting October 1, the Recreation Passport replaces the park sticker that you normally buy," Cherry said.  "At $10, it's a bargain for regular park visitors who've been paying $24 a year for the sticker.  So beginning October 1, when you renew your license plates, check ‘yes' on your license plate renewal form for the Recreation Passport and support outdoor recreation in Michigan."

"The Recreation Passport does more than give you entry to all 98 state parks and recreation areas in Michigan," Cherry said.  "It also helps to preserve 133 state forest campgrounds; nearly 1,000 miles of hiking, biking and skiing trails; more than 1,000 boat launches; and historic and cultural sites in state parks."

The governor's weekly radio address is released each Friday and may be heard on broadcast stations across the state.  The address is available for download on the governor's Web site at www.michigan.gov/gov together with a clip of the quote above.  The radio address also is available as a podcast on the Web site as well as on iTunes and via RSS feed for general distribution to personal MP3 players and home computers.  Links to the audio files and text of today's address follow.

Lt. Governor John D. Cherry Jr.
Radio Address - Hunting/Parks

Full:  http://www.michigan.gov/documents/gov/Gov262Full_330255_7.mp3
Edited:  http://www.michigan.gov/documents/gov/Gov262Edit_330256_7.mp3
Quote:  http://www.michigan.gov/documents/gov/Gov262Quote_330258_7.mp3

Hello, this is Lt. Governor John Cherry.

As I and other anglers in Michigan begin packing up our fishing gear, we start looking ahead to hunting season and being out in the woods with our families and friends.

Hunting is a proud tradition for many of us in Michigan.  It challenges us to perform at our best while appreciating Michigan's matchless forests, wildlife and environment.

My work as lieutenant governor doesn't allow me to hunt as much as I'd like.  But whenever the opportunity arises, I try to get out and appreciate the great outdoors and what our state has to offer.  I'm proud that my family has a legacy of enjoying and conserving Michigan's natural resources.

Hunters still can purchase applications for the Pure Michigan Hunt now through December 31.  The Pure Michigan Hunt drawing on January 24 will award three lucky individuals the opportunity to hunt for elk, bear, spring and fall wild turkey, and antlerless deer.

The three winners also will have first pick of hunting sites at managed waterfowl areas during the reserved hunt period.  Hunters can purchase as many applications for the Pure Michigan Hunt drawing as they wish.  Applications are $4 and sold at license retailers.

This is an outstanding way to continue Michigan's great hunting and conservation heritage.  Through one application, the Pure Michigan Hunt allows individuals an additional chance to participate in our most in-demand, limited-access hunting opportunities and enjoy an unparalleled hunting experience.

The three Pure Michigan Hunt winners will be able to participate in any open season until they fill their tags.  And they can hunt in any unit or hunt period that is open for hunting that species, except for bear on Drummond Island.

Also, for everyone who enjoys visiting our state parks, remember that starting October 1, the Recreation Passport replaces the park sticker that you normally buy.  At $10, it's a bargain for regular park visitors who've been paying $24 a year for the sticker. 

So beginning October 1, when you renew your license plates, check "yes" on your license plate renewal form for the Recreation Passport and support outdoor recreation in Michigan.

The Recreation Passport does more than give you entry to all 98 state parks and recreation areas in Michigan.  It also helps to preserve 133 state forest campgrounds; nearly 1,000 miles of hiking, biking and skiing trails; more than 1,000 boat launches; and historic and cultural sites in state parks.

Thank you for listening, and I hope you take advantage of everything Michigan has to offer in the great outdoors.

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