Biden will decide funding fate for archery, hunters’ safety programs in schools

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In early August, conservation and shooting sports organizations learned of an improper interpretation of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) that prevented schools from receiving federal funding if they have archery or hunter safety programs. Knowing how important these programs are to childhood maturation and safety, conservation nonprofits across the country immediately called for a…

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Conservationists highlight need for better habitat, wildlife protections from changing climate

Michigan United Conservation Clubs, as part of the Changing Seasons workgroup, presented an updated briefing book to legislators highlighting critical actions to be taken to protect wildlife and habitat from a changing climate on Tuesday. View the updated briefing book here. Conservation leaders, emphasizing the importance of informed legislative action, presented their findings to the…

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Great Lakes decree put in place despite stakeholders’ and anglers’ objections

A federal judge accepted a proposed consent decree controlling five sovereign Michigan Tribes, the federal government and the state, overruling evidence that expanded gillnetting would negatively impact the Great Lakes. In handing down his order, Judge Paul Maloney rejected the Coalition to Protect Michigan Resource’s claim that biological harm is likely to happen to the resource and…

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Youth camp charity shoot raises more than $30k to support the next generation of conservationists

Michigan Out-of-Doors Youth Camp Charity Shoot

Michigan United Conservation Clubs held its annual Michigan Out-of-Doors Youth Camp Charity Shoot Friday, bringing together more than 160 shooters from across the state to support conservation and tomorrow’s outdoor leaders. Each year, the camp helps hundreds of Michigan youth learn about the benefits of conservation and lets them explore the world around them through…

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Biden administration withholding funding for schools with hunter safety education, archery programs

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There are still more questions than answers right now as the conservation community grapples with the Biden administration’s withholding of funding to public schools over school archery and hunter safety programs. Late last week, it came to light that the administration was withholding Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) funds from schools based on an…

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Senate passes commercial guiding legislation

The Michigan Senate, on a bipartisan vote, passed stakeholder-led commercial guiding legislation Thursday morning. Commercial guiding in Michigan is woefully unregulated – nothing currently exists in statute to prevent serial poachers from posing as legitimate guides. Senate Bills 103, 104, SB 105 aim to address that, though still need to pass through a House committee…

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Trotter named CEO of MUCC, McKeon promoted to deputy director

The nation’s largest statewide conservation organization announced internal changes Monday to its leadership team. Serving as executive director of Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) since early 2019, Amy Trotter will now be the organization’s chief executive officer. Though duties won’t change, MUCC President Tim Muir Jr. said this reflects and rewards the complexities of nonprofit…

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#Fight4Fish: Win a Float, Charter or $500 gift card!

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Without our fisheries and waterways — from the vast Great Lakes to hidden, forested creeks — Michigan’s identity would look much different. Help us continue to protect that identity and #Fight4Fish with your $35 or more entry. Enter to win here! Each $35 or more entry enters you into the drawing for one of four…

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#Fight4Fish: Helping keep Boating Access Sites open

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Since its inception, Michigan United Conservation Clubs has worked to promote unfettered, responsible access to our wild places in Michigan. Throughout Michigan, boating access sites (BAS) are subject to closures, often during nighttime hours, that inhibit anglers, hunters, trappers and recreationists access to public waters that should be open. MUCC understands that opening all sites…

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Commercial Guiding Bills: What’s Myth and What’s Fact?

The Senate Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee passed out an MUCC-supported commercial guiding package (SBs 103,104 and 105) today.  Commercial guiding in Michigan is woefully unregulated. Nothing in state law prevents a serial poacher or felon from guiding. For more than 10 years, Michigan United Conservation Clubs has worked to provide much-needed sideboards for an…

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