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  1. #11
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    Go to http://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/mi-hunt/ shows all the open to hunt lands of Michigan. Hunt the edges, aspen edges, food areas and good luck.

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    I think I am slowly learning how to use the Mi-hunt maps. Is it hard to find places to park and places to go into the hunting areas? the Mi-hunt seems a little complicated although i may not be to intelligent. Anyone have some pointers on making the mi-hunt map easier to interact. From what i am gathering there is a TON of places to hunt. I'm thinking about sticking to the National Forest west of Cadillac....I think it is the Huron-Manistee?

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    Quote Originally Posted by atbrdly View Post
    I. From what i am gathering there is a TON of places to hunt. I'm thinking about sticking to the National Forest west of Cadillac....I think it is the Huron-Manistee?


    Correct.

    The NF Headquarters is on the main drag on the South end of Cadillac. Mackinaw Trail???

    We have found some good hunting both South and North of M55 going West of Cadillac.

    NB
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    last week I was on the site and found maps that told how old the cuttings were in different areas today I get on and cant seem to find what I was looking at last time. I want to mark some spots on my DeLorme Map but I'm lost too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natty Bumpo View Post
    Correct.

    The NF Headquarters is on the main drag on the South end of Cadillac. Mackinaw Trail???

    We have found some good hunting both South and North of M55 going West of Cadillac.

    NB
    I just drove through Cadillac on Sunday then south on 31 from Sleeping Bear just today. There's a lot of good looking country you MI folks have up there. Saw some nice areas for pheasants too.

    Good luck this fall guys
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    Good luck to you, I hope you find birds. Wood cock are normally fairly abundant along the elder bottoms, grouse are spotty. If the weather is cooler that will help both the dogs and the birds looking for feed. Remember look for food sources by edges, acorns, thorn apples, or any berries. If you flush a grouse be on the lookout for another, and watch where it flies for a second flush. Let us know how you do.

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    Thanks Tireguy! We are going on Columbus Day weekend. Haven't totally decided whether to head west toward Cadillac or north toward the Gaylord/the bridge area. Any suggestions?

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    Atbrdly,

    You can also stop into the local DNR office to get maps and or areas where aspen has been recently harvested (10 - 20 yrs old). Many of the foresters are hunters to and willing to provide locations. Woodcock numbers are pretty good right now in the gaylord area. Still a lot of leaves on the trees and it makes shooting a bit more difficult. Midweek like many places is best time to hunt. Many counties in the northern lower are over 50% public land which would include both state and fed. You can also look for commercial forest land which is private land that allows hunting, can be found on DNR website or local field office. As mentioned bow season starts next Wednesday so there will be more hunters in the woods. Typically the further north you go less people. I will say that northern lower gets a lot of pressure and the grouse are starting to act more like pheasants in the woods, not holding as tight unless young of the year. Good luck on your trip.

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    Atbrdly,

    You can also stop into the local DNR office to get maps and or areas where aspen has been recently harvested (10 - 20 yrs old). Many of the foresters are hunters to and willing to provide locations. Woodcock numbers are pretty good right now in the gaylord area. Still a lot of leaves on the trees and it makes shooting a bit more difficult. Midweek like many places is best time to hunt. Many counties in the northern lower are over 50% public land which would include both state and fed. You can also look for commercial forest land which is private land that allows hunting, can be found on DNR website or local field office. As mentioned bow season starts next Wednesday so there will be more hunters in the woods. Typically the further north you go less people. I will say that northern lower gets a lot of pressure and the grouse are starting to act more like pheasants in the woods, not holding as tight unless young of the year. Good luck on your trip.

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    Hey how did the trip go, any birds?

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