April 2024 NRC Recap

April 2024 NRC Recap

Commissioners adopted elk regulations and waterfowl season dates and regulations at the April Natural Resources Commission (NRC) meeting.   There were no substantial changes to elk or waterfowl hunting regulations in Michigan, and both season structures stayed in line with the 2023 structure.   The commissioners had one order up for information. Wildlife Conservation Order #4…

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MUCC supported wake boat legislation introduced

MUCC supported wake boat legislation introduced

MUCC-supported legislation regulating the use of wake boats was introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives.  House Bill 5532, sponsored by Rep. Julie Rogers (D-Kalamazoo), sets a basic framework of where large wake-producing boats can operate without damaging lake ecology or lake bottom structure. The legislation would require operating distances of at least 500 feet…

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April NRC Preview

Deer Management Initiative (DMI) updates are scheduled at the upcoming April Natural Resources Commission (NRC) Meeting. The meeting, on Thursday, April 11, will be held in the Gannon Building at the Lansing Community College downtown campus, located at 600 N. Grand Ave Lansing, MI, and is set to start at 9:00 a.m. The Fisheries Committee’s…

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Conservation organization files suit against resources commission

The fight for the future of our outdoor heritage has come to Michigan

On March 28, the nation’s largest statewide conservation organization filed suit against the Natural Resources Commission (NRC), challenging the three-month closure of the coyote hunting season. At the March NRC, the commission, in a 4-2 vote, voted to close the coyote hunting season from April 16 through July 14 through the adoption of Wildlife Conservation…

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MUCC Supported Commercial Fishing Legislation Introduced in Michigan House

MUCC Supported Commercial Fishing Legislation Introduced in Michigan House

On March 6, Rep. Amos O’Neal (D-Saginaw) introduced a stakeholder-backed modernization of Michigan’s commercial fishing statute.  House Bill 5553, written over the past several months in partnership with MUCC, would modernize archaic regulations in the state’s commercial fishing statute, and keep gamefish out of commercial nets. Michigan’s commercial fishing statute is decades old and an…

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March NRC: Commission Votes to End Year-round Coyote Hunting

coyote hunting

Commissioners voted to close Michigan’s coyote season from April 15 to July 15 at March’s Natural Resources Commission (NRC) meeting. Commissioners voted on Wildlife Conservation Order #1 of 2024, and based their decision on perceived social pressures, shirking their responsibility and legal charge to follow sound scientific management. MUCC Chief Executive Officer Amy Trotter said…

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Conservation organization votes to support year-round coyote hunting, establish moose season at annual convention

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Michigan hunters, anglers and trappers converged on Sault Ste. Marie last weekend to pass their policy agenda for years ahead. More than a dozen grassroots policy positions were passed as part of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) Annual Convention, including affirmation of support for year-round coyote hunting and establishing a moose hunting season. Convention…

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March NRC Preview

March NRC Preview

Commissioners will likely vote on whether to close a portion of the current year-round coyote hunting season at this month’s Natural Resources Commission (NRC) meeting. The March meeting is Thursday at Lansing Community College Downtown Campus, located in the Gannon Building at 600 N. Grand Ave Lansing, MI.  Wildlife Conservation Order #1 of 2024, which…

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Representative Seeks Funding for Sportsmen Against Hunger

Representative Seeks Funding for Sportsmen Against Hunger

Yesterday, Rep. Cam Cavitt (R-Cheboygan) announced that he is seeking appropriations to support Sportsmen Against Hunger in the fiscal year 2025 budget.  Cavitt said in a press release that Sportsmen Against Hunger (SAH) is an important deer management tool and that farmers are harvesting deer year-round. “People harvest deer year-round. Whether it’s farmers with nuisance…

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February NRC: Year-round Coyote Hunting in the Crosshairs

February NRC Preview

A proposal to close coyote season from mid-April through mid-July was debated heavily at the February Natural Resources Commission (NRC) meeting.  The proposal was borne from the Furtaker User Group in late 2023, where a majority of stakeholder groups present voted in favor. MUCC was one of only two organizations to oppose this change.  The…

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