Memorable hunting season coming to a close

Activity continues in various areas

Angela Greenway

Angela

Greenway

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It was a memorable hunting season as far as DNR conservation officer Angie Greenway was concerned.

“There’s always something going on but things have really slowed down since deer firearm season ended,” Greenway said. “There’s late antlerless season. We’re doing followups on complaints and doing reports. We’re working with trappers.

“You don’t see ice fishermen until you good safe ice on the lakes.”

Meanwhile, the DNR reported in a press release earlier this week conservation officers and ice rescue personnel clad in dry suits worked to try to recover a dozen elk that died Tuesday after falling through the ice of a private lake in Otsego County.

"This is a very tragic and unfortunate event," said DNR Director Dan Eichinger. "Elk are an important species in Michigan's successful conservation history. We are indebted to the conservation officers and hunting guides who tried to help in responding to this incident Tuesday afternoon."

In all, the carcasses of three spike bull elk, five cows and three calves were recovered from the lake today. The remaining elk carcass was not found. The ice thickness measured 2 inches where the elk fell through, with the water about 50 feet deep.

The incident began at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when conservation officers were called by an elk-hunting guide who reported that 10-12 elk had fallen through the ice on Crapo Lake, which is a 92-acre lake located about 20 miles northeast of Grayling.