What the group wants to do is increase the quality of hunting on the island, said Terry Minzey, the DNRs Upper Peninsula Regional Wildlife supervisor.
Minzey has been coordinating the island discussions about how to manage the almost 30,000 acres of state-owned land that makes up 57 percent of the island.
Those lands were purchased in 1942 with the proceeds from hunting license fees. But hunting activity has been in decline for a decade, and the reasons go beyond lessened interest on the part of youths.
In fact, many say the island has been overhunted. It has too little law enforcement to keep a lid on poaching or the illegal ORV use which interferes with hunting activities.
That, in turn, has made Drummond Island less attractive to downstate hunters who once filled the lodges and cabins each fall.
We used to be open for business in November, but were no longer open because the business has dropped off, said Jim Kelley, owner of the North Haven Gift Shop on the island.
I think they have overhunted the island.
Hunters will be interested in rule changes being proposed. They include requiring a special free tag to hunt the island, requiring hunters to report their kills, restricting deer kills to bucks with no less than three antler points on one side, eliminating baiting and tree stands during the firearm season on parts of the island, and creating a walk-in zone for hunters in which motorized vehicles would not be allowed.