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Bow Hunting Permitted On Power Island Starting Monday

By Beth Milligan | Oct. 12, 2017

Power Island in Grand Traverse Bay - and the connected Bassett Island - will be open for deer bow hunting beginning Monday.

Bow hunters will be allowed on the islands October 16 through November 14 and again December 1 through January 1 in an effort to help control the local deer population. Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation commissioners passed a motion earlier this year to open Power Island to hunters this fall and winter during archery seasons only (no firearm seasons). Hunting was delayed until October 16 - rather than the DNR's opening day of October 1 - for the safety of the last of the seasonal campers on the islands.

With the recreational camping season ending October 8, hunters can now use island campsites on a first-come, first-served basis. There are ten sites available, five on each island. Because Power Island is a year-round public park, hunters are asked to exercise caution at all times while hunting in the area. The use of off-road and all-terrain vehicles is not permitted on the islands.

For the first time this year, hunters are not required to register with County Parks and Recreation Department in order to hunt on Power Island. However, hunters must carry appropriate deer licenses and follow all DNR guidelines and laws related to hunting. Hunting antlerless deer is encouraged. Prior to departing his Power Island post this week, Parks and Recreation Ranger Fred Tank reported seeing between 15 and 20 deer in the park.

According to County Parks and Recreation Director Kristine Erickson, “It makes sense to open Power Island to bow hunting every year to help prevent the deer there from starving due to lack of vegetation. It also provides a recreational opportunity in a unique location."

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