Representative Seeks Funding for Sportsmen Against Hunger

Representative Seeks Funding for Sportsmen Against Hunger

Yesterday, Rep. Cam Cavitt (R-Cheboygan) announced that he is seeking appropriations to support Sportsmen Against Hunger in the fiscal year 2025 budget.  Cavitt said in a press release that Sportsmen Against Hunger (SAH) is an important deer management tool and that farmers are harvesting deer year-round. “People harvest deer year-round. Whether it’s farmers with nuisance…

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February NRC Preview

February NRC Preview

Sound scientific management could be tested at the Natural Resources Commission (NRC), as information presented at the February meeting will be up for action in March. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 8 at 9:30 a.m. at Lansing Community College West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Drive. Wildlife Conservation Order #1 of 2024 sets furbearer regulations…

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January NRC Recap

January 2024 NRC Recap

The Natural Resources Commission’s first meeting of 2024 wrapped up just before lunch today, with no commissioner items for information or action.  This was the first commission meeting for new commissioner Robin Michigiizhigookwe Clark, who was appointed hours after the December NRC meeting concluded. More on her appointment can be found in MUCC’s December NRC recap HERE. …

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January NRC Preview

January NRC Preview

The Natural Resources Commission returns to work on January 11 at 9 a.m. for the year’s first meeting with no action items on the agenda. This is the first commission meeting for new commissioner Robin Michigiizhigookwe Clark, who was appointed hours after the December NRC meeting concluded. More on her appointment can be found in…

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December NRC Recap, New Commissioners Appointed

Representative Seeks Funding for Sportsmen Against Hunger

Commissioners did not have any action items at the December Natural Resources Commission (NRC) meeting. Michigan DNR Deer & Elk Specialist Chad Stewart was the most anticipated presentation, presenting to commissioners on the newly-announced Deer Management Initiative (DMI) and an update on reported deer harvest during the 2023 deer season. The DMI is a new…

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Bipartisan bill introduced to provide hunter’s safety in schools

Bipartisan bill introduced to provide hunter's safety in schools

Bipartisan legislation was introduced in both chambers of the legislature this week that would create an elective program for Michigan school districts to host hunter and firearms safety programs within their schools. Senate Bill 664, sponsored by Sen. Jon Bumstead (R-North Muskegon), and House Bill 5334, sponsored by Rep. Curt Vanderwall (R-Ludington)are both supported by …

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MUCC-led commercial guiding legislation heads to the governor’s desk

MUCC led commercial guiding legislation passes

The Michigan Senate concurred on stakeholder-led commercial guiding legislation today, after passage in the house late last night.  The legislation now heads to Gov. Whitmer’s desk.  Commercial guiding in Michigan is woefully unregulated – nothing currently exists in statute to prevent serial poachers from posing as legitimate guides.  The bipartisan package, sponsored by Senators John…

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November 2023 NRC Recap

November 2023 NRC Recap

Commissioners adopted an amended version of the Nyberg Amendment, changing the bag limit for steelhead on 11 streams across Michigan.  In addition to lowering the bag limit on certain streams, the adopted amendment to Fisheries Order 200.23A clarified boundaries to streams in the amendment and removed immediate effect. The amended order, as passed, will now…

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2023 Pheasant Release Season Begins October 20

Michigan pheasant release season starts October 20

The 2023 pheasant release season begins October 20 across Michigan’s state game areas (SGA). After a limited 2022 release season due to poor timing of legislative appropriations the 2023 season is looking much more robust. There are four new release sites and triple the number of birds put on the ground compared to 2022.  MUCC…

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