Adopting a Piece of State Land

On Monday, Magazine Editor Nick Green and I joined Pheasants Forever and several other conservation partners at the Maple River State Game Area. We spent about 1.5 hours standing in a muddy parking lot overlooking a field of cool-season grasses, to highlight one of the newest habitat programs in the state. Spearheaded by Pheasants Forever with…

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OTG Launches New Interactive Map of Statewide Projects

After nearly a week and a half of staring at my computer screen inputting data on OTG projects, I’m elated to say that the interactive map has officially launched! There were a couple of factors that lead to making this, but I think the most important was visualization. For me, I can read all of…

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OTG: Interactive Map, Chainsaw Safety, and Upcoming Projects

It’s an exciting time of year for the On The Ground program, as I have been planning events and coming up with better ways for you to get involved in the work that we are doing. Check out (and start looking forward to) these three upcoming items: Interactive OTG Projects Map During the last fiscal…

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Being Safe in the Woods

With firearm deer season winding down and a few tragic incidents occurring this year, now is a good time to talk about safety.  Although the main firearm deer season wraps up today, there are, still several hunting seasons open where these safety tips will come into play. It important to remember a few common sense…

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In the Field: #GivingTuesday

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving break with their family, friends and maybe even fit in some time to be outdoors. Thursday morning started off exciting for us. At about 7:30 am I received a call from my fiance, Mike, that he had just shot his biggest buck to date. If I must tell…

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A visit with Anchor Bay Fishing Club

In my blogs and magazine columns, I often try to encourage people to connect with youth and help engage them in hunting and fishing activities. Recently, I spent some time with a dad who believes in that message.  Shawn Elliott is not only getting his two sons active in fishing, but he has also started…

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In the Field: Reasons to be Thankful

I’ve been mulling over what I should write for this week’s blog all day. Nothing seemed to fit quite right. And then I realized that I find this answer every single day when I come to work, answer an email, hear about people working together in the field, see the smiles of successful hunters and…

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Michigan Out-of-Doors Youth Camp Welcomes a New Director

Hi there! My name is Max Bass (Yup! Just like the fish) and I am the newest part of the MUCC team! I have started this week as the new Camp Director/ Environmental Educator and I am super excited to be joining MUCC and on top of that be in the great state of Michigan!…

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In the Field: Cooperative Leader Harvests Unique Buck

As hunters, we live for the moment we might get to harvest an animal that we talk about the rest of our lives. Each hunt is special but we all know and love those stories…the ones that we know will be told around campfires and to the next generation of hunters. Maybe it’s shooting the…

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