The three Michigan hunters randomly chosen as the 2013 Pure Michigan Hunt winners received their prizes at last week at Natural Resources Commission meeting in Lansing.
The winners, Jim Bosscher of McBain, Dave Gittins of Kawkawlin and Jason Webb of Westland, each winner gets a license to hunt in every limited-access hunt available in 2013.
This includes elk, bear, antlerless deer, and spring and fall turkey, as well as first choice at a managed waterfowl area during any open hunting season in the state.
"My friends didn't believe me until they saw my name in the paper a few weeks ago," said Gittins, who owns a roofing business in Kawkawlin. "I still can't believe it!"
Bosscher, the sherriff of Missaukee County, also needed some convincing that he had won. "I thought someone was playing a joke on me, so I had to call around to make sure this was real," he explained.
In addition to the hunting licenses, the Pure Michigan Hunt winners also received the ultimate hunting prize package.
"I can't wait to get home and go through everything again," said Marine Corps veteran Jason Webb.
Winners received the following prizes donated by Michigan companies and organizations:
The 2013 lottery drew a total of 29,295 applications. Dollars generated from this opportunity fund wildlife habitat restoration and improvements in Michigan.
Applications for the 2014 Pure Michigan Hunt go on sale online at all retail license agents and online starting March 1. Hunters may purchase as many Pure Michigan Hunt applications as they like for $4 apiece.
Anyone interested can visit www.michigan.gov/puremichiganhunt for more information.
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