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OTG: Grayling State Forest and OTG Jr. at Camp

Grayling State Forest, Crabapple Tree Planting On Saturday, September 8 at 9am, volunteers gathered at the Grayling DNR field office, just west of Hartwick Pines State Park for a day of planting crabapple trees on state land.  After everyone was signed in, we broke into three groups that would work at different planting sites. The…

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A New Position in the Education Department. We are Hiring!

The Education Department continues to grow here at MUCC.  This growth means we have the ability to add capacity to the organization.  Through a partnership with Huron Pines, we will be adding an AmeriCorps member to our team during 2019. We are looking to hire an Engagement Specialist starting in January. If you are not, familiar…

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Summer Fun Growing Up

With no campers at Cedar Lake this week and our staff taking the holiday to recharge for the upcoming 4 sessions, I thought I would write a quick list about some things I grew up doing and you can still do with your kids to get them outside this summer. Here is a list of…

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In the Field: The Cooperative Difference

Wildlife Cooperatives are not a brand new concept in Michigan. They do, however, hold their value. To help people understand where we have been and where we are going, let’s first start with the definition of cooperative. co·op·er·a·tive adjective 1. involving mutual assistance in working toward a common goal. “every member has clearly defined tasks…

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Learn to Hunt Turkey Field Weekend

With spring weather finally making an appearance this past weekend, our Learn to Hunt Turkey participants had a beautiful couple of days to spend time in the woods. During the weekend of April 27th-29th, the Learn to Hunt Turkey group had their last two days of the three-day course.  The weekend was the hunting field…

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Wild Game Wednesday: Venison Quesadillas

Check out this week’s recipe from Gourmet Gone Wild for some yummy venison quesadillas! For anyone who might not be ready to try venison all by itself, this is a great introductory dish. With an intensely-flavored marinade, grilled venison makes a perfect rich component to great quesadillas. Be careful not to overcook the venison and…

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Collaborating for New Hunters

One of the ways we are going to be able to reach new hunters is through partnership.  Last weekend I had the opportunity to take part in an event that was a great example of how working together can make a big difference. On March 24th, I helped to serve as a hunter safety instructor…

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Ultimate Sports Show Grand Rapids

With hints of spring in the air, but Mother Nature still taking her sweet time to warm up, cabin fever can really have a hold on you. There is something to do on the west side of the state this weekend that will get your off the couch. The Ultimate Sports Show Grand Rapids is…

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We Have Jobs!

Tyler and I have not been in the office much lately.  We have been driving all over the state visiting universities.  We have attended six job fairs in the last 10 days.  We are visiting these job fairs to recruit the 2018 staff for the Michigan Out-of-Doors Youth camp.   Each year we hire roughly 20 people…

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On the Ground: Tuttle Marsh Wildlife Area Rabbitat

A group of 25 volunteers spent their Saturday improving wildlife habitat in the Tuttle Marsh Wildlife Area this weekend. This project was partnered with Gib King of Land Ethics LLC who has acquired grant funding from the DNR Wildlife Habitat Grant Program, which also funds On the Ground. King has completed two previous habitat grants and…

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