Policy

Natural Resources Commission November Recap

Last week on November 9, 21017, the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) took action on two major fisheries orders that have been discussed for months and will go into effect April 1, 2018. Among the most controversial to some in the audience was the statewide warmwater regulations for muskie (FO 215.18), where the Department’s goal is…

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Deer Hunting: Frequently Asked Questions

Deer Hunting FAQ Michigan

Deer Hunting: Frequently Asked Questions Can I use a straight-walled cartridge in the shotgun zone? Yes. What calibers qualify as a straight-walled cartridge? “A .35 caliber or larger rifle loaded with straight-walled cartridges with a min. case length of 1.16 inches and a maximum case length of 1.80 inches.” Page 21 – 2017 Michigan Hunting…

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Tell Governor Snyder to Veto Rushed Ballast Bill and Protect Great Lakes from Invasive Species!

Today, the Michigan Legislature rushed passage of legislation which removes protections against the introduction of new aquatic invasive species stowing away in ballast tanks, and ignores the threat they pose to Michigan communities and our outdoor economy, heritage and values. HB 5095 strips away the Department of Environmental Quality’s requirement that ocean-going vessels docking at…

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GREAT LAKES DAY AT THE CAPITOL | RECAP

MUCC held its biannual lobby day – Great Lakes Day at the Capitol, last Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. With the imminent threat of Asian carp entering our waterways, there seemed no better way than to spend the day connecting our membership and the public with the policy work that we do to protect, conserve and enhance…

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SUPPORT AND PROTECT THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND

Guest blog by Hannah Clark, Land & Water Conservation Fund Coalition The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), one of the most important federal programs for conserving habitat and providing public access to lands and waters, turned 50 this month. Established in 1964 through a bipartisan act of Congress, the promise of LWCF was to use a…

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NRC RECAP FOR JULY

Antler point restrictions were shot down in a six-county tuberculosis management area despite mixed emotions among commissioners at the monthly Natural Resources Commission meeting. The 4-2 vote regarding Deer Management Unit 487 followed more than an hour of debate that pitted Quality Deer Management Association members and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources against the…

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2017 ANNUAL CONVENTION RECAP

Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) hosted its most important event of the year this past weekend in Owosso: our Annual Convention. Delegates representing MUCC’s 46,000-plus members and 250-plus affiliate local sportsmen’s clubs voted on what hunting, fishing, trapping and conservation policies we will pursue, honored dedicated conservationists, elected officers and even improved local wildlife habitat!…

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SB 280

ACTION ALERT! ANTI-HUNTING LAND BILL UP IN HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE NOW TO OPPOSE SB 280 SB 280 is the anti-hunters dream.  Use public money to convert game areas that are open for hunting into wildlife sanctuaries where Michigan’s wildlife would be free from Michigan’s hunters. If you hunt, fish, or trap in…

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NRC RECAP: DEER REGULATIONS, CORMORANT REPORTS AND MUCH MORE

Last week the NRC held a meeting at the West Shore Community College in Scottville, where public attendance filled the room in anticipation of the proposed 2017-2019 deer regulations cycle that were up for information.  With a full crowd and full agenda, the Commissioners wasted no time, and jumped right into business.  If you missed…

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DEER REGULATIONS UP FOR DISCUSSION AT THE NEXT NRC MEETING

Coming up later this week the Natural Resources Commission will be meeting at the West Shore Community College, in Scottville on Thursday beginning at 1 o’clock, and deer regulations are up for information! Read on to check out the latest on the proposed changes for the 2017-2019 deer regulation cycle. Back in 2014, the Natural…

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