MUCC and conservation organizations throughout the state and country commend Gov. Whitmer for vetoing HB 4687 — a bill that would allow the baiting of white-tailed deer — earlier today. Since 2007, Michigan United Conservation Clubs has been opposed to baiting and recreational feeding of cervids due to the concerns with it as a vector…

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Riley takes over as operations, fiscal manager for nation’s largest state-specific conservation organization. Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) named Kirk Riley its new deputy director Sept. 23 following a nine-month, countrywide search. Riley’s role will include operations management, budget and donor development, fundraising, staff oversight, executive board recruitment and succession planning for MUCC. Prior to…

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Baiting deer took center stage this morning as Ted Nugent passionately and candidly claimed he was not a scientist or biologist on the subject — but someone who lives with deer — in front of the House Committee on Government Operations. Nugent, who testified next to Rep. Michelle Hoitenga (R-Manton) and Sen. Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington),…

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A bevy of regulations related to chronic wasting disease and white-tailed deer management were passed by the Natural Resources Commission during July’s meeting and will be implemented for the 2019 hunting season. The meeting was held at the MSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Lansing. Every NRC meeting is streamed live through MUCC’s Facebook page. If…

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The state of Michigan has 19.3 million acres of forested land that covers 53% of the state. As stated in Michigan’s terrestrial invasive species management plan, 96,000 jobs and over $20 million dollars is added to Michigan economy through forest-based industries and tourism/recreation. Forests are tremendously beneficial to all Michiganders. Which is why the threat…

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On June 20, Sen. Kevin Daley (R-Lum) introduced SB 389. This Senate bill removes certain authorities of the Department of Natural Resources to regulate the commercial fishing industry and allows the bycatch of game fish. Last week, Rep. Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette) introduced HB 4790 which is a companion bill in the House. MUCC and its partners oppose…

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About 150 sportsmen, women and conservationists came together over the weekend to debate conservation issues facing the state and its wildlife at Michigan United Conservation Clubs’ (MUCC) Annual Convention. MUCC’s 82nd Annual Convention kicked off with an On the Ground project in the Backus Creek State Game Area and culminated on Saturday afternoon with the organization’s grassroots…

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Passed Resolutions #1: YOUTH CLAY TARGET RESOLUTION Submitted by: Mark Hergenreder, Chelsea Rod and Gun Club MUCC will endorse and promote the participation of students in the Michigan High School Clay Target League and will encourage all high schools in Michigan to commit to permitting a high school club to be formed in their district.…

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Michiganders will soon be filling recycling bins and dumpsters and improving aquatic habitat thanks to a new program called On the Water (OTW). Through a Consumers Energy Foundation Planet Awards grant, Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) received $100,000 to kick-start this OTW initiative — a spin-off of the organization’s wildly-popular On the Ground (OTG) program.…

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