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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 3, 2008

Contact Adam Bump 517-373-1263 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014

Bear Cooperator's Patch to Return for 2008 Hunting Season

The Department of Natural Resources is pleased to announce that the Bear Cooperator’s Patch will be available in 2008 after a one-year absence. The DNR and the Michigan Bear Hunters Association (MBHA) have partnered together to produce the patch in an arrangement that is similar to the relationship between the DNR and the National Wild Turkey Federation that produces the turkey patch.

“MBHA is very pleased to help preserve a traditional aspect of Michigan bear hunting,” said Matt Pedigo, president of the MBHA.

Young hunters, ages 10-17, who have a valid bear hunting license may receive a free patch. To receive a patch, youth hunters need to send their name and complete address, with a legible copy of their valid bear hunting license to: MBHA, Bear Patch Program, 10510 Fairgrieve Rd., Johannesburg, MI 49751.

Adult hunters, collectors and other interested individuals may purchase a patch for $5, including postage and handling. It is not necessary to harvest a bear to purchase a patch. Send patch orders to the address above and make checks or money orders payable to the Michigan Bear Hunters Association.

“Continuing the bear patch program has resulted from a successful partnership with MBHA to provide hunters with this desired product,” said DNR Bear Specialist Adam Bump.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.
 
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