2021 MSU Extension Hunter to Hunter: Connective Conversations

This webinar series will strive to bring hunters, researchers, and wildlife managers together to build relationships and engage in education, constructive dialog, and increase awareness of current issues through key presentations, panel discussions, group discussions and question and answer segments. Participants will gain knowledge about 2021 Michigan deer hunting regulations, the importance of doe harvest, how to make donations through Michigan Sportsman Against Hunger and best practices for deer habitat management, mentoring new hunters, and more!

Program Topic Lineup

May 20, 7-8 p.m. ET: Simplifying Regulations: A look into 2021 deer regulations—The Michigan Natural Resources Commission approved several changes aimed at simplifying deer regulations and removing barriers to hunting participation that will go into effect with the start of the 2021 deer hunting season. Ashley Autenrieth and Chad Stewart, Michigan DNR Deer Specialist, will highlight those changes so that you can be prepared as you plan your fall hunts!

June 3, 7-8 p.m. ET: Mentoring New Hunters—Mentoring new hunters can be a fun and rewarding experience to keep the deer hunting tradition alive in Michigan. Laura Quist, MSU Extension Educator, and Erik Schnell, Michigan NDA President, will share best practices for mentoring new youth and adult hunters.

June 24, 7-8 p.m. ET: Managing Your Forest to Attract Deer – Keeping the deer herd and the landscape they live on healthy is no easy task. Some estimates indicate that the majority of the state’s deer herd is found on the private lands in our state. As a private landowner, every management decision you make for your property comes with tradeoffs. This session will introduce you to management planning strategies, practices, programs, professionals, and a whole lot more to help you to make better decisions with the management of your private lands for the benefit of deer. Presenter: Rick A. Lucas, Society of American Foresters Certified Forester.

August 12, 7-8 p.m. ET: The Importance of Harvesting Antlerless Deer— This presentation will focus on the importance of harvesting antlerless deer, and discuss specific management and hunting concerns relating to timing of harvest, number of antlerless deer to harvest, identifying antlerless deer in the field, and the enhanced need in disease areas. Presenter: Kip Adams, National Deer Association, Chief Conservation Officer.

September 2, 7-8 p.m. ET: CWD Testing & Surveillance—Dr. Kelly Straka, DNR Veterinarian, will highlight CWD testing and surveillance efforts for the 2021 hunting season. Group discussions will be facilitated about the importance of CWD testing and how testing can be facilitated within communities.

September 23, 7-8 p.m. ET: Wild game feeding the hungry, how does this work?— Brief history of the traditional hunter’s role as a provider, who benefited. The beginnings and missions of modern day wild game donation programs through the efforts of hunters, who benefits today?. Funding, setting game donation guidelines, policies, compliance with current National and Michigan wild game processing standards. Working with MDNR, legislations role, the hunters and non hunters roles. Presenter: Dean Hall, Michigan Sportsman Against Hunger Director.

If you are unable to attend the live session, recordings will be shared after the program for those that have registered.

Cost: FREE

Registration for 2021 MSU Extension Hunter to Hunter: Connective Conversations is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on September 22, 2021.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information, contact Katie Ockert at ockertka@msu.edu.