Tuscola Area Airport doubles as taxpayer-funded, private hunting preserve

A sign marking the perimeter of the Tuscola Area Airport with a truck in the distance at dusk on Wednesday. The taxpayer-funded airport is open to hunting for a select few. (Photo by Zac Deering)
A sign marking the perimeter of the Tuscola Area Airport with a truck in the distance at dusk on Wednesday. The taxpayer-funded airport is open to hunting for a select few. (Photo by Zac Deering)

Most people know it as the Tuscola Area Airport, but for a select special few throughout the year – it’s a taxpayer-funded private hunting preserve, conveniently located just outside of Caro.

And during this first week of Michigan’s 2016 firearm deer season it’s been busy.

That’s because at least six hunters have taken advantage of the opportunity to get prime, private hunting real estate set within the airport’s 260 acres in exchange for volunteering with chores like clearing snow, painting or cutting the grass.

Chris McCollum, manager, Tuscola Area Airport – which is in Indianfields Township, three miles west of Caro – said he thought “it was kinda public knowledge” that anyone could take advantage of the program that rewards volunteers with an opportunity to submit a hunting application at the Tuscola Area Airport.

“I always thought it was kinda public knowledge because a few other people had asked about it in the past,” McCollum told The Advertiser. “It was never published or anything like that…it was a kind of word of mouth deal.” (Read more)

(This story originally appeared in the Nov. 19, 2016 print issue of The Tuscola County Advertiser and can be read online in its entirety here.)

 

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