Pheasant stocking set to begin this week, licenses on sale

Michigan’s pheasant opener kicks off Wednesday in the Lower Peninsula, and hunters will have the opportunity to harvest stocked birds at select state game areas throughout Southern Michigan. In late 2018, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, working on behalf of the Michigan Pheasant Hunting Initiative (MPHI) and a MUCC member-passed resolution, was able to secure $260,000…

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$25k DNR donation memorializes selfless mother, wife, community advocate

“Rooster,” Jimmy Beachum yelled as his English pointer, Mickey, stood through the flush. Toddler Alex Beachum covered his ears as shots rang out. Riding in a backpack his mom, Kristine “Kris” Beachum, had fabricated for him so his dad could take him hunting, Alex was never far from dad’s hunting adventures. Moving from bustling Plymouth…

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Sandhill cranes, steelhead bag limits discussed at October NRC meeting

The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) met Thursday and passed several fisheries orders. An agenda from the meeting with links to all items can be found here. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Deputy Director Shannon Lott’s report to the NRC included a presentation on the FY 22 budget, an overview of the new business fisheries orders,…

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Designating feral cats as invasive, selling leftover spring turkey tags among resolutions passed at MUCC Annual Convention

Conservationists turn out to debate, pass policy and recognize conservation leaders Conservationists convened in Gaylord over the weekend to debate policy resolutions and recognize leaders among them at Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) Annual Convention. About 100 voting delegates from conservation clubs throughout the state and unaffiliated individual members of MUCC presented, debated and passed…

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Michigan HSUS executive director purposefully spreads misinformation about conservationists

A recent opinion piece published by a Northern Michigan paper purposefully distorts facts and allows for fictitious terms to be applied to hunters and conservationists. The Traverse City Record-Eagle published the piece from Molly Tamulevich, the executive director of the Michigan Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The publication didn’t fact-check Tamulevich’s piece or…

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September NRC: Fisheries regulations, loss of commissioner

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to commissioner Michael Lashbrook after his passing this weekend. Although MUCC was not able to work with NRC Commissioner Lashbrook long, his tenacity and willingness to dig into the issues affecting all of us as hunters and anglers will be missed. May there be brown…

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DNR presents survey information at September wolf council meeting

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) responded to claims from a former employee that it undercounted wolves at the September Wolf Management Advisory Council (WMAC) meeting. WMAC members heard wildlife biologist Brian Roell, a 25-year veteran of the DNR, detail how the minimum wolf population survey is estimated, what internal and external validation processes the…

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Wolf population survey on agenda for next council meeting

The second meeting of the Wolf Management Advisory Council (WMAC) will feature survey processes and an overview of the 2015 wolf management plan, according to a draft agenda. The meeting will be held in Gaylord next Wednesday (September 1) at Inn the Woods Michaywe starting at 9 a.m. Interested parties can attend in person and…

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MUCC’s youth-focused magazine inducted into Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame

Photo: MUCC Executive Director Amy Trotter and MUCC Education Director and TRACKS Editor Shaun McKeon accepted the 2021 Environmental Projects award on behalf of MUCC. TRACKS Magazine was awarded the 2021 Environmental Projects Award by the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame on Tuesday night. Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) has published TRACKS Magazine since 1977,…

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August NRC: Fisheries orders presented, director comments on wolf council

The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) met Thursday to hear information on proposed fisheries orders, and the DNR director postponed action on an amended land-use order restricting access under certain conditions from state-managed beaches until September. Few members of the public were present at the meeting; only three members of the public participated in public comment.…

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