MAILBAG: Hunting huts on wetlands?

Barb of Spring Lake Township asked, "This question concerns the huts which people are building for hunting purposes in the wetlands."
Mark Brooky
Oct 12, 2012


. Our home is in River Run across from these hunting huts in Spring Lake Township and now a large hunting hut is being built across from River Run on the Grand River (Grand Haven Township?). This island is privately owned and is not state land."


This question requires answers from both sides of the river.

Grand Haven Township Manager Bill Cargo said he is not aware of any state law or local regulation that would prevent putting up a hunting blind on private land. With regard to wetlands, he deferred to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Lukas Hill, community development director for Spring Lake Township, said he believes that it would not require a permit as long as the structure is temporary and does not require any soil disturbance, including fill.

"Our wetland expert states there are also hunting exemptions in the state law," Hill said.

Cargo said Grand Haven Township does not apply the State Construction Code to hunting blinds. Hill said any structure under 200 square feet in Spring Lake Township does not require a building permit. But it may require a zoning permit, especially if it is a permanent structure.

Hill said both deer and bird hunters use blinds.

To Barb's question about whether the police are concerned about the use of high-power rifles so close to homes, children and pets who live along the river, Cargo said state law limits the discharge of a firearm being used for hunting to within 150 yards (or 450 feet) of a residential unit.

"It is illegal to shoot long-range, high-powered rifles in this part of the state as it is too densely populated," Hill added. "I would recommend reviewing the DNR's 2012 Michigan Hunting & Fishing Digest that provides all of the hunting rules." You can find that guide to download by clicking here.

And when "the guns start booming," Hill said to call 911 if it's a safety issue.

"The local police officers (or sheriff deputies) will be able to determine if a violation of state law has occurred," Cargo added.

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Does anybody know what grain bullet you use in a high powered rifle for duck or geese hunting? Perhaps that would answer Barb's question. Another question that should be asked is if the blinds plumbing is up to code?


I know! I know! You do NOT use a " high powered" rifle for duck or geese hunting. What do I win? :-)


...and make sure you call 911 once the guns start going off!!!

Tri-cities realist

Wow! I'm guessing that a deadline was fast approaching... Otherwise there is no logical explanation for this piece. First of all, did Barb actually pose a question? There was a question mark included in parenthesis, but it was included in a sentence that was a statement, rather than a question. And it appears that Barb just noted what happens during hunting season, people build blinds. Wow, now THAT is breaking news. Wingmaster, everyone knows you use a 3467.98 grain bullet to hunt waterfowl... The ignorance on display here from both Barb and Mark really is unsettling. Thankfully I'm guessing that neither of them own firearms, which is somewhat comforting.


Yup, Willful ignorance on display is why I keep checking into these unintelligent stories (don't want to be censored). No balance, no checking on facts, just throw stuff out there to see if the community reacts. Simply going to Ottawa county GIS will give you property description of the island property and who owns it. Go to the DNR website and it gives more information than you can read regarding hunting regs, areas, laws. Your right about your implication that this is a primer piece for other anti hunting stories. Why doesn't the Trib have on staff people that reflect the entire communities interest? Thanks for the tip on waterfowl bullets Tri-cities realist, finally getting some facts out of the time I spend reading these stories! Now hopefully I will not burn my house down when I torch those darn feathers off the goose!

Tri-cities realist

Reading some of these stories and comments is like a car wreck, you don't want to look, but can't help yourself. Perhaps I have some new undiagnosed disorder. Is there a community group who could set up a forum for me?


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