Wild About Waterfowl

On Tuesday, Tyler and I had a chance to get out of the office and get into a classroom.  We ditched our work desks for some classroom tables. We headed to Fairview Elementary School in Lansing to conduct a presentation for about 65 students.  The students were two classes of second graders and one class…

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On The Ground Starts its 6th Season at Allegan SGA

MUCC’s Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program, known as On The Ground (OTG), is at the start of its 6th year of wildlife habitat improvement projects in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division.  Coming up on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017, volunteers will be continuing and Aspen regeneration project in the Allegan State Game Areas…

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Wild Game Wednesday: Venison Pasty

Gourmet Gone Wild Venison Pasty

Wild Game Wednesday: Venison Pasty   Mining communities across the globe have used the Cornish pasty for decades and the Upper Peninsula is one area where the tradition fervently continues. The venison pasty is a fantastic portable lunch, perfect for picnics, afternoons in the deer blind (which is where I expect most of you to…

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Natural Resources Commission November Recap

Last week on November 9, 21017, the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) took action on two major fisheries orders that have been discussed for months and will go into effect April 1, 2018. Among the most controversial to some in the audience was the statewide warmwater regulations for muskie (FO 215.18), where the Department’s goal is…

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Deer Hunting: Frequently Asked Questions

Deer Hunting FAQ Michigan

Deer Hunting: Frequently Asked Questions Can I use a straight-walled cartridge in the shotgun zone? Yes. What calibers qualify as a straight-walled cartridge? “A .35 caliber or larger rifle loaded with straight-walled cartridges with a min. case length of 1.16 inches and a maximum case length of 1.80 inches.” Page 21 – 2017 Michigan Hunting…

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In the Field: Gun Opener Eve

by Anna Mitterling, Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator, MUCC Twas the night before Opener, and all through the house, not a creature was sleeping, not even the mouse. The camo was hung by the back door with care, in hopes that come daylight a big buck might appear. There is something special and magical about the night…

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A New Connection

One of the key components of the OTG Jr. Program is creating a connection between the student participants and public land.  The whole concept behind this program is to show students and their parents/teachers that there is accessible outdoor recreation not too far from where they live.  We are trying to show them they do…

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Tell Governor Snyder to Veto Rushed Ballast Bill and Protect Great Lakes from Invasive Species!

Today, the Michigan Legislature rushed passage of legislation which removes protections against the introduction of new aquatic invasive species stowing away in ballast tanks, and ignores the threat they pose to Michigan communities and our outdoor economy, heritage and values. HB 5095 strips away the Department of Environmental Quality’s requirement that ocean-going vessels docking at…

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Wild Game Wednesday: Hickory Cider Glazed Wild Turkey

The 2017 fall turkey season is wrapping up and Thanksgiving is right around the corner, making it a great time to start thinking about what turkey recipe to use this holiday season. Check out the Gourmet Gone Wild recipe below, created by our very own chef, Daniel Nelson, to get your taste buds in the…

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A “Non-typical” Day at Camp

Introducing people to the outdoors is one of my favorite parts of the work I do.  During the last week of September, Camp Director Tyler Butler and I had a chance to work with some non-traditional students from the Lansing area.   We held an outdoor education day for a group of students from the Lansing…

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