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Improve Public Land Whitetail Habitat in Hillsdale County

May 29th, 2013

Hillsdale County is the land of big bucks, including Michigan’s state archery record, but it’s all private land, right? Not so: Somerset State Game Area, in northern Hillsdale County, may be better known for its waterfowl, but on August 3 you have an opportunity to help improve its whitetail habitat by clearing fields for food plots.

Volunteers will meet at Somerset State Game Area, Stearns Road Parking Lot, at 9 am and spread out to remove sticks, stones and other debris from oak-bordered fields so they can be planted with clover, providing food for whitetail deer, wild turkeys, cottontail rabbits and other game.

The project is part of the Michigan On-the-Ground (OTG) program, which is a public-private partnership between Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to improve fish and wildlife habitat through the volunteer efforts of hunters, anglers, trappers and other outdoor enthusiasts.

Project: Clearing fields for food plots for whitetail deer, wild turkey, cottontail rabbits and waterfowl.
Date/Time: Saturday, August 3, 2013, 9 am to 3 pm.
Location: Somerset State Game Area
Food: Water, snacks and BBQ provided by MUCC
Equipment: Work gloves, sun protection, extra water recommended.
Contact: Drew YoungeDyke, MUCC Grassroots Manager, 517-346-6486,

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