BIG RAPIDS -- Angie Greenway is an area DNR conservation officer, and has been impressed with the recent outdoor activity she has seen.

"We've seen an uptick in uses in our game area and people going outdoors, taking a walk, walking their dogs," she said. "There's more added fishing activity along the rivers. We are seeing an increase in users just getting outdoors."

State restrictions say anglers and hunters can't be together with someone.

"All hunting and fishing regulations still apply," Greenway said. "They're not lifting anything. You're required to have a fishing license.You have to stay 6-feet away from people.

"We just got notification if you're a guide service, they cannot operate right now. They are not considered an essential service and they are not to be operating until after the ban is lifted. But that does not mean a person can't go out on their own and fish."

Turkey hunting will start in late April, and Greenway expects a good number of turkeys because of a very mild winter, "the last couple of winters actually. Our bird population seems to be doing well." I've personally seen a lot of turkeys in my travels. I anticipate a good turkey season."