MacGregor attends turkey tract dedication at Flat River State Game Area

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter MacGregor recently joined the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Department of Natural Resources in introducing the second turkey tract in southern Michigan.

The dedication was the formal opening of the tract at the Flat River State Game Area.

Turkey tracts are designed to highlight public hunting areas where intensive habitat management for turkeys has been conducted. Management practices include timber harvest, selective use of herbicides, invasive species treatment and removal, and controlled burns that reduce the potential for severe wildfires by clearing accumulated debris.

“Wild turkeys are found in all 68 counties of the Lower Peninsula and most of the Upper Peninsula as well,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “In recent years harvest numbers have pushed Michigan into the top ten turkey hunting destinations, landing at number eight. Hunters are coming from all over to experience our beautiful natural resources and take part in this historic wildlife conservation story.”

Michigan’s 2017 fall turkey hunting season runs Sept. 15 to Nov. 14. There are 51,350 licenses available, including 4,650 general licenses and 46,700 private-land licenses.

Information about fall turkey hunting, including drawing results and leftover license availability, can be found at


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PHOTO CAPTION: State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, stops for a photo in front of the kiosk at the site of the new turkey tract at the Flat River State Game Area. The kiosk gives hunters information about the newly dedicated tract and was built by students at Belding High School.



Sen. MacGregor issues statement in response to tragic death of Rockford trooper

Sen. Peter MacGregor

Sen. Peter MacGregor

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, issued the following statement following the confirmation that Michigan State Police Trooper Timothy O’Neill of Rockford died on Wednesday as a result of an on-duty crash:

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Trooper Timothy O’Neill.

“Trooper O’Neill began with the Michigan State Police in 2014 and served the community of Rockford for the entirety of his career.

“Our law enforcement officers work tirelessly every day to keep our communities safe and unfortunately, Trooper O’Neill made the ultimate sacrifice — and for that his family will never be the same.

“This is a huge loss, not only for his family, but for both the community of Rockford and the Michigan State Police as well. I ask that we all stand together and pray for his family and colleagues during this most-difficult time, especially his bride-to-be.”