by Drew YoungeDyke, Public Relations Manager for MUCC 
Drew YoungeDyke Drew YoungeDyke
This November, you’ll be asked to vote on two state wide ballot issues; Proposals 1 and 2. You may even be filling out your absentee ballot right now. Both of these proposals are referendums of two bills that were enacted to support hunting rights and guarantee scientific management of our wildlife. For that reason, all hunters, anglers, conservationists and citizens who care about wildlife in Michigan should vote “yes” to affirm these laws.
Proposal 1 asks whether to affirm the original law that named wolves as a game species. Naming an animal as a game species doesn’t mean that there will be a hunting season, but opens the possibility to the Natural Resources Commission if state biologists recommend it. A “yes” vote would affirm this law, and a “no” vote, which is what out-of-state anti-hunting special interests are advocating, would repeal it.
Say Yes to Wildlife Vote ‘Yes’ on Proposals 1 and 2
Anti-hunters claim that the wolf hunt was for “trophies,” that the population is “fragile,” and that there wasn’t any science behind the wolf hunt. Except that there is. The DNR’s professional biologists submitted a detailed memo to the Natural Resources Commission in April 2013 that detailed the science behind the hunting season and the two management goals behind the hunt: reducing pack abundance in three small zones of the Upper Peninsula where they were causing problems, and using public hunting pressure to make wolves more wary of people. That’s not for “trophies.” And the wolf population has more than tripled since it exceeded the minimum recovery goal of 200 over a decade ago. That’s not “fragile.”
Proposal 2 would affirm a law that allows the Natural Resources Commission to name game species, issue fisheries orders, and provide free hunting and fishing licenses to active military members. By making these decisions scientifically at the NRC, hunting and fishing rights are protected from out-of-state anti-hunting special interests like the Humane Society of the United States. Once again, a “yes” vote would keep this important law and affirm that the citizens of Michigan will not be duped by HSUS’s $1.5 million misleading ad campaign, which they have stated they plan to run in the weeks before the election…
Click HERE for full article from the Lansing State Journal

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