MUCC Call to Action! Critical Federal CWD Legislation Pending

Tell Senator Stabenow that CWD research and management is a priority for her constituents! On April 28, Sens. John Hoeven (R-ND) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) introduced legislation to provide federal aid to states for CWD research and management. This legislation, S.4111, is nearly identical to HR 5608 which passed out of the House of Representatives…

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Not all hunters are after trophies, many appreciate their conservation role too

The following is an editorial published in the Lansing State Journal on April 20, 2022 by MUCC Executive Director Amy Trotter. Anti-conservationists have been parading the term “trophy hunting” around at legislative and Natural Resources Commission meetings to conjure up images of leather-clad barbarians slaughtering animals indiscriminately. The term is fabricated by animal rights activists,…

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April NRC Recap: Elk Season Dates Set

At the April Natural Resources Commission (NRC) meeting, commissioners passed a single Wildlife Conservation Order related to elk. The order, passed unanimously, sets elk season dates for the 2022, 2023 season and removes language allowing the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to hold a January hunt. Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) has no position on…

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MUCC applauds bipartisan funding for Michigan parks

On Thursday, the Michigan Senate passed a bipartisan, multi-billion dollar appropriations agreement on infrastructure, including a historic one-time expenditure in Michigan’s State and local parks. The supplemental package included $450 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to support state and local parks across Michigan: $200 million will be appropriated to local parks and recreation projects;…

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DNR Director Dan Eichinger presents department’s budget proposal to House Subcommittee

On February 15, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Director Dan Eichinger presented Governor Whitmer’s budget proposal for the DNR to the House Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development and Natural Resources. The proposal presents an opportunity to modernize the department in an unprecedented way. The budget proposal is highlighted by a series of one time…

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NRC hears proposed bobcat season changes at February meeting

The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) heard a pair of proposed regulations from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at their February meeting relating to hunting and trapping of bobcats, and waterfowl season dates.  Commissioners began Thursday’s NRC meeting with the fisheries committee beginning at 9am with an update from Jim Dexter, the DNR fisheries chief.…

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Red Flag law introduced in Michigan Senate

Democratic lawmakers have reintroduced a package of bills in the Michigan Senate commonly referred to as “red flag laws.”  Senate Bills (SB) 856, 857 and 858 were introduced by Democratic lawmakers on Feb.8 , and Sen. Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) has promised the package will receive a hearing in the Senate Government Operations committee. …

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February NRC: New Bobcat Hunting and Trapping Regulations to be Discussed

Commissioners will hear information regarding waterfowl regulations and bobcats at their February Natural Resources Commission (NRC) meeting. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at Lansing Community College’s West Campus in rooms M119-121. Please note that Lansing Community College requires masks for all students, staff and visitors.  Last month, commissioners had no informational or action…

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