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Local News Summary - July 28 2021 Edition

Portion of M-32 to be closed August 5 in Alpena County
A portion of M-32 in Alpena County will be closed for approximately five hours on August 5. The Michigan Department of Transportation will close M-32 east of Herron Road to west of King Settlement Road from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

As a part of the Northern Strike annual multi-national exercise hosted by the Michigan National Guard, the Air Force will be testing their ability to land military aircraft on roadways, utilizing that portion of M-32 to do so.

During the exercise, traffic will be detoured on M-65, Werth Road, US-23 and Ripley Street. Detour route signs will be in place to help guide travelers in the area.

The Michigan Air National Guard’s 127th Wing from Selfridge Air National Guard Base, the Air Force’s 355th Fighter Wing from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, and the Air Force’s Special Operations Command from Duke Field, Florida will land four A-10 aircraft and two C-146 aircraft on the closed off portion of M-32 near the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center.

Some DNR offices now open to the public on limited basis
In another step toward resuming regular operations, Michigan Department of Natural Resources customer service centers and certain field offices will open to the public, starting a three-days-per-week schedule – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – that will last through Labor Day.

Staff in these offices are busy this week preparing for visitors. Locally, customer service centers and field offices in Gaylord will be open.

Like most agencies and businesses throughout Michigan, the DNR suspended public access to many buildings and facilities in keeping with COVID-19 public health and safety restrictions. All DNR customer service centers, field offices and other destinations are expected to return to their pre-pandemic office hours Tuesday, Sept. 7; public dates and hours vary by location. Between now and then, some may open, depending on the seasonal needs of the public.

Additional opening dates and information:

• Headquarters buildings at Michigan state parks and recreation areas and state-managed harbors are open.

• All DNR shooting ranges are open. Check each range’s webpage for dates and hours of operation.

• The Pigeon River Country Discovery Center in Vanderbilt opens Sunday, July 18, and will be open to the public Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays noon to 4 p.m.

• State fish hatchery buildings and weirs remain closed.

State parks and campgrounds, state game and wildlife areas, state forests and many other places are open, as they have been throughout the entire COVID-19 pandemic.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services still recommends that people not yet fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should wear face masks when in crowded outdoor settings. Additionally, visitors at DNR facilities and sites may see some DNR employees wearing face masks as an added precaution for the comfort and safety of visitors, volunteers and staff.

Will you need to apply for an antlerless deer license this year?
Preparing for antlerless deer hunting will be a little different this year, as most deer hunters will not need to apply for an antlerless license. Hunters in specific areas may need to apply for an access permit.  

Select hunters will need to apply for an access permit to hunt deer in certain areas of the Upper Peninsula and in reserved deer hunts at the Sharonville State Game Area, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, Shiawassee River National Wildlife Refuge and Shiawassee River State Game Area.  

In the Upper Peninsula, new deer management units 351 and 352 will require an access permit and a universal antlerless license to hunt antlerless deer. Both are required for each deer harvested. 

DMU 351 is made up of DMUs 021, 349, 249, 149, 017 and 117. DMU 352 is made up of DMUs 027, 036, 152 and 252. (See page 60 in the 2021 Hunting Digest for a map of the DMUs). One thousand access permits will be available in each of these two DMUs.  

Also in the U.P., DMUs 022, 122, 055, 155, 255 and 121 are open to antlerless hunting without an access permit, while DMUs 127, 066, 031, 131, 042, 007 and 048 are closed to antlerless deer hunting.  

Applications for limited-hunt access permits may be purchased for $5 from license agents or online at Michigan.gov/DNRLicenses during the July 15 - Aug. 15 application period.

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