State Record Elk

Official score: 317 1/8 nontypical   The state record elk Brandon Kantola from Ravenna bagged with bow and arrow in Cheboygan County on September 15, 2023, ended up with an official score of 317 1/8 as a nontypical, according to state big game record keeper...

Houghton resident captures video of cougar killing deer

Eli Schaefer from Houghton still can’t believe he was lucky enough to capture video of a cougar killing a deer on one of his trail cameras near Toivola in Houghton County on the afternoon of December 30, 2023. The dramatic video shows a large male mountain lion after...

2023 FALL BEAR HARVEST

Hunters registered a total of 1,905 black bears in the state during the 2023 seasons, according to preliminary figures from the DNR, which is down 68 animals from last year, but almost identical to the 1,907 bruins checked during 2021. State licensed hunters accounted...

New Youth Nontypical State Record

Fifteen-year-old Dylan Meyer from Zeeland bagged a 20-point nontypical in Ottawa County on September 10, the second day of the 2023 youth deer hunt, which is now the state record in the youth category for nontypicals. The huge set of antlers has a gross score of 211...

2022’s Best Typical Buck

Dennis Colmer from Lapeer bagged the highest scoring typical-antlered whitetail entered in state records maintained by Commemorative Bucks of Michigan (CBM) from 2022 seasons. The Lapeer County 11-pointer had a gross score of 183 7/8 and netted 176 5/8. “I’ve never...