Conservation officers stay active

April 20, 2017

By John Raffel

It’s a busy time of year for DNR conservation officers.

That includes Mark Bomay, who is a conservation sergeant with the law enforcement division of Department of Natural Resources.

Bomay supervises conservation officers in Mecosta, Oceana, Newaygo and Osceola counties. This is a time of year, with better weather, that officers especially get busy.

“There’s two conservation officers per county,” Bomay said. “In spring time, it’s the time of year when officers have interactions. The county roads are open in all of the areas I supervise. However people will find state land, state game area, assuming it’s open, and take advantage of the resources there. ORVs, they can cause a lot of damage, too, by creating unwanted trail systems throughout our state forest and state game areas.”
Conservation officers
It’s busy in other areas, too, for conservation officers.

“Right now, mushrooms are up,” he said. “Mushroom hunters are out. Steelhead fishing is good in the Muskegon River below the Croton Dam. River fishing for steelhead is good. With this nice weather we’re having, people are out and about everywhere.
“There’s a lot of four-wheeler activity and people are enjoying the trails that are open. Turkey season just started (on Monday). People are doing well on turkeys.”

The second turkey hunting season starts on Monday. The third season is May 1-31.

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