Finding access to land can be a challenge to those new to hunting. So, we are kicking off our blog with #stategamesaturday to highlight State Game Areas around Michigan that can offer land access! State Game Areas are established areas of public land where hunting is the major intended use. These are managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and specifically managed for a variety of wildlife species by the MDNR’s Wildlife Division.
The Barry State Game Area is one that may already be familiar to those who participated in the 2016 fall turkey program with Learn to Hunt: Michigan. The intended purpose for Barry SGA was, and is, wildlife restoration while providing opportunities for hunting and trapping recreation. Barry State Game Area (BSGA) encompasses 16, 692 acres of land, and hosts an abundance of game species, including: Cottontail Rabbit, Eastern Wild Turkey, Ruffed Grouse, and White-tailed Deer. Barry SGA meets criteria for a Master Plan, a plan that outlines management goals and objectives over the course of 10 years, and details the actions to be taken to achieve those goals. The Master Plan was set in 2015, and will be reviewed before the ten year mark.
The Barry DNR Wildlife Office is located at 1805 South Yankee Springs Road, Middleville, MI 49333. To reach the office with any questions, the phone number is 269-795-3280. Remember to keep in mind the rules and regulations that pertain to using public lands, which can be found in a Michigan hunting and trapping digest (see link below). Make sure you are in possession of the correct licenses during the correct season for the species you are hunting, and that your equipment falls within the requirements for state land. For a printable map of Barry State Game Area, please visit http://www.michigandnr.com/publications/pdfs/huntingwildlifehabitat/sga/Barry_SGA_map.pdf