The kiosk’s destruction affects youth, senior and disabled veteran hunters.
The search to find vandals responsible for destroying an educational turkey kiosk in Allegan, Michigan just got a little more serious. The North American Wild Turkey Federation is now offering a $5,000 reward for information in the case according to MLive.
The kiosk, which was a part of the Turkey Tracts program, was officially dedicated on April 13. It was just 72 hours later that the kiosk was knocked down and destroyed by unknown vandals. The information contained on the panel included maps and information on management of wild turkey habitat.
Now the NWTF is putting up the reward for information in hopes someone has some information that will allow authorities to arrest a suspect or suspects in the case of public property destruction in the Allegan State Game area.
The Turkey Tracts program seeks to provide quality turkey hunting opportunities for a whole host of hunters of all ages.
Obviously, news of the destruction of brand-new public property has upset quite a few people.
“I’m very disappointed with the blatant disregard for this significant public-use facility,” Department of Military and Veterans Affairs spokesman Jonathan W. Edgerly told Mlive. “Sites like this are important to our veterans with disabilities.”
It’s not just vets who are affected by the sign’s destruction. Turkey Tracts areas are meant to provide hunting opportunities to youth, seniors and adults new to turkey hunting as well.
DNR Wildlife Technician Maria Albright also noted how the vandalism affects all hunters and outdoorsmen and women in the state.
“Vandalism on state game areas not only destroys the hard work of volunteers and partner organizations, but can hinder the ability to make improvements on the game area,” Albright told Mlive. “Hunter license dollars may end up being spent making repairs from the destruction of the public property instead of making improvements for all users to enjoy.”
The destruction of the kiosk happened sometime on April 16. Anyone with any information on the kiosk, or any other vandalism of state game areas is encouraged to call Michigan’s report-a-poacher hotline. (RAP) at 800-292-7800.
Information can also be submitted via the Michigan DNR’s website and informants have the option remain anonymous.