While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many people are realizing the benefit of getting outside to recreate as a healthy respite from the quarantine. As several of us already know, activities such as casting a line into our favorite lake, going out for a spring turkey hunt or going for a walk in the woods are…

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As most people are spending some extra time at home, including myself, I thought it would be a good time to open the line of communication on wildlife cooperatives. I will be scheduling phone calls with landowners interested in starting or joining a cooperative but haven’t because they aren’t sure what the benefits are or…

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YOU’RE INVITED In 2020, the Michigan Wildlife Cooperatives Program, a program supported by Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC), Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) and Pheasants Forever (PF), is hosting a deer habitat series that will provide attendees with an in-field habitat experience with top conservation professionals. Participants will tour…

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Spring is a coveted time for hunters in Michigan. It’s a time to evaluate habitat, complete projects in the field and woods, observe wildlife, hunt and start anew. Although, as we know, there really is no offseason as an outdoor enthusiast. We are always working to improve ourselves as land stewards and what is available…

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Michigan Pheasants Forever (PF) held its annual convention on February 1, 2020, after having to reschedule due to severe weather. This event is held to celebrate the many conservation accomplishments by chapters and partner programs. Aside from a social day with like-minded people, Michigan PF developed multiple education workshops to benefit attendees and give them…

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Wildlife cooperatives have long been known for their collaborative conservation efforts. Members make informed management decisions by conducting habitat surveys, completing habitat projects, setting and carrying out harvest goals, collecting harvest information and engaging with industry professionals on all of the above. Many cooperatives also participate in community outreach to keep the public informed on…

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The weekend many outdoorsmen and women have waited for has come and gone – the opener of Michigan’s firearm season. There is still plenty of time left to hit the field but there’s something special about the tradition of November 15. Most years this tradition is shared with my husband and family. There is a…

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By: Morgan Jennings Wildlife cooperatives have placed community engagement high on their priority list. Disease testing, education and awareness has been dominating much of the conversation in Michigan for the last few years. Hunter participation in reaching DNR set testing goals (by county) plays a significant role in understanding the transmission rate of CWD. Many…

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It is the season of giving and celebrating in many ways. Michigan’s hunting seasons are in full swing, holidays are approaching, families are gathering and harvest has begun. For many people, this is the time of year they look forward to. It is also the time of year that non-profit organizations hold their annual fundraising…

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I grew up with the public land experience. Although I haven’t always been a hunter, I’ve spent countless hours hiking through the woods of the Lapeer State Game Area (there were perks to living less than 2 miles from it) and fishing its small, inland lakes. Some of my best childhood memories are nestled at…

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