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Monday, 25 March 2013 10:45

Wetland Wonders Challenge winners take home their prizes

(AREA) -- Six of the seven Michigan waterfowl hunters randomly chosen as the first winners of the DNR's Wetland Wonders Challenge received their prizes March 14 at the regular monthly meeting of the Natural Resources Commission in Saginaw. One of the winners was Isaiah Battel of Cass City. To be entered to win one of the seven prize packages, winners had to hunt four or more of the DNR's seven premier managed waterfowl areas and turn in a punch card as proof of participation this past waterfowl hunting season. Each winner received one of seven ultimate waterfowl hunting prize packages, each worth approximately $1,800. Each prize package was unique, but included items such as shotguns, a "golden ticket" good for first choice at a managed waterfowl area hunt, a jon boat, decoys, blinds, calls, taxidermy mounts, guided duck hunts, gift cards, trail cameras and hunting gear. Consolation prizes were also given out to 93 lucky winners. To learn more about Michigan's managed waterfowl areas, visit www.michigan.gov/wetlandwonders

PICTURED: Winners--Triston Bradshaw of Allegan, Michael Schindler of Bay City, James Graves of Rhodes, Isaiah Battel of Cass City, Thomas Bauer of Clarkston and Gary Van Kirk of Swartz Creek. (The seventh winner, Lupe Martinez of Hamilton, could not be present at the meeting and has since received his prize package.)