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February 14, 2013

McBain man wins Pure Mich. contest

LANSING — McBain's Jim Bosscher was one of three winners chosen at random for the 2013 Pure Michigan Hunt contest.

Dave Gittins of Kawkawlin and Jason Webb of Westland were the other two winners.

Each receives 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.

Bosscher, the sherriff of Missaukee County, 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 said.

In addition to the hunting licenses, the Pure Michigan Hunt winners also received the ultimate hunting prize package, consisting of the following prizes donated by Michigan companies and organizations: A crossbow package; a 30.06 Ruger Model 77 rifle; a 12-gauge shotgun; camouflage ground blind; two-day/two-night guided spring turkey hunt; custom rear-window graphic; gas cards and magazine subscriptions from Michigan United Conservation Clubs; Sitka camouflage clothing package; camouflage vest, custom box call and patch from the National Wild Turkey Federation; Rapid River knife, duck decoy and membership from Ducks Unlimited; Herd monitoring kit and membership from Quality Deer Management Association; National and local memberships from Safari Club International.

The 2013 lottery drew a total of 29,295 applications. Funds generated 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. Visit www.michigan.gov/puremichiganhunt for more information.

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