DNR Conservation Officers Seek info on Baraga County Moose Poaching

Michigan DNR sent this bulletin at 12/17/2014 10:55 AM EST Upper Peninsula DNR News For Immediate Release Dec. 17, 2014 Contact: Lt. Peter Wright, 906-228-6561 or Debbie Munson Badini, 906-226-1352 DNR conservation officers seek information on Baraga County moose poaching Conservation officers with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are seeking information regarding the illegal killing of a…

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WildLife Wednesday: The Year of the Volunteer (in Pictures)

Michigan’s hunters, anglers and trappers accomplished big things in 2014, and they were possible only because individuals volunteered their time and effort to get things done. From policy wins like the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act to On the Ground habitat projects, I was lucky this year to get a front row seat to…

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DNR Talks About Increase in Elk Poachings; Conservation Group Taking Action

 By Breelynn Martin for 9and10news.com Elk poaching is on the rise in Northern Michigan and it has the Department of Natural Resources and conservation groups taking action. Since the start of firearm deer season, the DNR says they’ve had five to seven cases of elk poaching. That is more cases than usual. The illegally killed…

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The Opener: What Can We Do About U.P. Deer?

Yes, I’m sure the 2014 Firearm Deer Season has probably gotten a lot of hunters riled up, especially in the Upper Peninsula. Individuals that live in or hunt in the U.P. have often jumped on the “one buck” bandwagon after a poor year and almost always I hear it is “the DNR’s fault”. Sometimes, people…

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Volunteers Improve Wildlife Habitat at Allegan State Game Area

Twenty-six volunteers joined staff from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division and Michigan United Conservation Clubs to improve wildlife habitat at the Allegan State Game Area on December 13. Many of the volunteers came from Boy Scout Troop 147, who joined hunters and trappers to cut down aging aspen stands so that young…

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Hunting Groups Doubling Reward for Wolf Poaching Info

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 15, 2014 Contact: Drew YoungeDyke, Field Manager | 517.346.6486 | dyoungedyke@mucc.org LANSING—The groups supporting Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management are doubling the reward offered by the Department of Natural Resources to catch poachers who killed two wolves recently in the Upper Peninsula. Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management was the ballot question…

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Elk Poaching is on the Rise, MUCC Calls for Stronger Penalties

by John Barnes, from MLive.com Michigan’s largest conservation organization is expected to push for changes in laws that have vast differences in fines for illegally killing elk versus trophy deer. Drew Youngedyke, spokesman for the Michigan United Conservation Clubs, says the organization likely will take up the matter by this summer’s June convention. Under a…

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Reach Outdoors: What is “Nature Play”?

by Shaun McKeon, MUCC Education Director Play is an essential function in the development of children. And playing outside in nature is something that every child should have the opportunity to be able to do.  As our society has shifted away from getting kids outdoors, and children are spending more and more time plugged into…

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WildLife Wednesday: Why Poaching Jeopardizes Hunting Rights

You love to hunt. I love to hunt. But the actions of a few taint the reputations of us all. Anti-hunting forces are looking for every scrap of unethical and illegal activity involving the taking of wildlife so they can tout those rare instances as examples of why all hunting needs to be banned.  While…

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DNR finds 2014 firearm deer harvest down from last year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 9, 2014 Contact: Brent Rudolph, 517-641-4903, ext. 248; Ashley Autenrieth, 989-732-3541; or  Ed Golder, 517-284-5815 DNR finds 2014 firearm deer harvest down from last year The 2014 firearm deer season wrapped up Nov. 30, and challenging conditions and lower deer numbers in some areas likely have led to fewer deer being taken this year. Each…

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Press Release: DNR receives $1.2 Million Grant to Expand Hunting Access Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 8, 2014 Contact: Mike Parker, 517­284­6217 or Ed Golder, 517­284­5815 DNR receives $1.2 million grant to expand Hunting Access Program; public comment sought on adoption of environmental assessment Grant provides more youth hunting opportunities with a focus on land conservation The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that it has…

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Bear Symposium Gives Preview on Seasons to Come

On Saturday, the DNR hosted the first ever Bear Symposium, where DNR researchers, wildlife biologists, bear hunters, and those interested in learning more about bears came together at the RAM Center to hear from each other. Nearly 100 people gave up the first Saturday of muzzleloading deer season to reflect on and plan for the…

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Additions to DNR List of Unwanted Aquatic Invasive Species

by Lia Biondo, MUCC Policy Intern At last month’s Natural Resource Committee meeting, DNR director Keith Creagh signed Invasive Species Order Amendment No. 1 of 2014 which added new species to Michigan’s prohibited list of aquatic invasive species. In 2013, Governor Rick Snyder called a meeting with governors from each of the Great Lakes states…

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