Policy

ACTION ALERT | SUPPORT HB 5321 AND BAN STERILIZATION OF GAME

CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE NOW TO SUPPORT HB 5321 Around this time last year, the Michigan DNR gave the City of Ann Arbor the go-ahead to sterilize free-ranging whitetail deer in some parts of the city while culling deer in other parts of the city, all by White Buffalo, Inc., the same company behind the plan…

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Michigan CWD Working Group Releases Report

Last fall the Natural Resources Commission and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources brought together experts on CWD from around the country (and world) to review the latest in science and management principles on CWD. Other states have enacted policies that include: changes in hunting regulations; restrictions or bans on deer carcasses from other states;…

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Upcoming January NRC Meeting Preview

This Thursday, the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) will be meeting at the MSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory beginning at 9 a.m. for their monthly meeting. The day will begin with a meeting of the Michigan State Parks Advisory Committee. There will be discussions on Parks and Recreation AmeriCorps summer youth employment, followed by an update on…

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New Natural Resources Commissioner; Chair of NRC

John Walters

At the end of 2017, Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of John Walters of Vanderbilt to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission. He is taking the place of the former chair, John Matonich, whose term concluded and he was not reappointed after serving nearly 8 years. “MUCC sincerely thanks Commissioner Matonich for his public service;…

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Natural Resources Commission December Recap

Last week on December 14, 2017, the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) took action on two major land use and wildlife orders that have been discussed for months and will go into effect in early 2018. Among the most controversial to some in the audience was the Wildlife Conservation Order Amendment No. 7 of 2017 to…

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January Hunt Offered to Assist with Deer Management

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources just announced a new opportunity for hunters to keep deer hunting after the traditional season has ended, while also helping private landowners in Alpena County. This hunt is meant to help sustain a healthy deer herd and habitats through an increased doe harvest. We know no one wants to…

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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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