WildLife Wednesday: Thankful for Public Land to Hunt

“I am so thankful to whoever the guy was who had the idea for this place,” said my dad. “We’d have to be millionaires to buy property like this for four guys to hunt.” That guy was Parrish Storrs (P.S.) Lovejoy, the first Game Division Chief for the Michigan Department of Conservation (now DNR) and…

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Hunting continues to become more popular among women

by Mark Johnson for Gaylord HeraldTimes.com NORTHERN MICHIGAN — Hunter’s orange and camouflage have been a popular fashion statement throughout Northern Michigan the past few weeks with thousands of hunters taking part in firearm deer season. In towns throughout the state, hunters brought their trophy bucks to show off at buck poles, telling their hunting…

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The Opener: Wolf Management Not Black or White

Fresh off the confusing 2014 ballot language, a slew of signature gathering, and a lot of false advertising from HSUS, maybe you feel like we are done with this issue. And we are, mostly. This time, it’s not a vote; it’s not black or white, it’s (appropriately enough) all shades of gray when it comes…

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The Many Benefits of Trapping

from www.Ussportsmen.org Our trapping heritage played an important role in the discovery and early economics of the United States – and it still does today. Trading posts and companies followed trappers west, creating jobs and providing a foundation for communities. Trappers were valuable citizens who provided resources and skills that people depended upon for survival….

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The Impact of the Rover Pipeline On Michigan Outdoorsmen and Women

Be on the lookout this hunting season! Energy Transfer Partners will be working on their Rover Pipeline Project this fall. MUCC has agreed to spread the word in order to unsure hunter safety practices, especially in the presence of the pipeline project as there may be pipeline workers in your hunting area. Along with discussing…

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WildLife Wednesday: OTG Volunteers Find Success Hunting Deer

This past year, 400 volunteers showed up to improve fish and wildlife habitat through MUCC’s On the Ground program. Scanning my Facebook feed over the last month, I’ve been excited to see a few of them connecting on deer this season. I’m not saying it’s karma rewarding them with venison for their volunteer efforts, but…

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Deer hunting season means big bucks for the economy

from Joe St. Henry; Special to The Detroit News Michigan’s deer hunters are not the only ones chasing elusive bucks during the state’s most popular hunting season, which opens Saturday and runs through Nov. 30. The Department of Natural Resources, outdoor retailers and other businesses that cater to hunters are counting on them to spend a…

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Camo at the Capitol: It’s Lame Duck Season

by Nick Bade-Dodge, MUCC Policy Intern With the conclusion of midterm elections last week, we are now entering a “lame duck” period in the legislature. This means that current bills still working their way through the legislature will have to be acted on or dropped before the next term begins. Therefore, there is bound to…

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Gun retailers see burst in sales surrounding new lower Michigan rifle law

by Cory Olsen for MLive.com GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Lower Michigan firearm deer hunters have more shooting options this season, much to the excitement of West Michigan gun retailers. Saturday marks the first opening day of the new Limited Firearm Deer Zone in southern Michigan, a designation that will allow hunters to shoot rifles that…

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MUCC Supports Clarification of Clean Water Act

For Immediate Release November 17, 2014 Last week, the final comment period closed on a lengthy rule-making process regarding the definition of “Waters of the United States” within the Clean Water Act. While comments from Michigan residents are a mixed bag, conservation organizations including hunting and fishing organizations throughout the country have shown support for…

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The Great Bait Debate

by Lia Biondo, MUCC Policy Intern   To bait or not to bait? As firearms season quickly approaches us, many deer hunters have already made their decision and are anxiously anticipating opening day. committed to the hunt, and the surrounding deer population. Baiting is legal in most of Michigan, except for the Northeast Lower counties of…

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Reach Outdoors: 10 Common Sense Tips for Being Safe in the Woods

With the opening day of firearm deer season just hours away the excitement is building, the packing is underway and most people will be keeping a close eye on the clock at the office and counting the seconds until they can get away and get the season started.  With all of the excitement it is…

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Reminder: “Shotgun Zone” Changes

By MUCC Policy Intern, Nick Bade-Dodge Hunters, with firearm season starting this Saturday, you should remember changes to hunting zones in Southern Michigan. In June, the NRC approved a change in firearms regulations that allows straight-walled cartridges to be fired with a rifle in zones that previously only permitted the use of shotguns. In addition,…

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WildLife Wednesday: Born to Hunt

When you hit the woods this weekend for the firearm deer opener, you’re engaging in the quintessential human activity: hunting. According to a recent article in Scientific American, hunting is what made us human, what distinguished us from our earliest common ancestor with apes and what helped us develop the anatomy and mental capacity we…

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