Effective at midnight Friday, the use of motorized boats in Michigan will be prohibited per an Executive Order (EO) from the governor. This order extends to fishing from a boat with a gas or electric (trolling) motor affixed to it.

Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) was founded in 1937 on the principles of conservation and protecting scientific management from politics, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recent decision to prohibit the use of motorized boats or similar watercraft statewide is not scientific, nor necessary. 

When the first EOs were issued, the governor lauded and encouraged recreation in the outdoors as a safe haven for Michiganders’ physical and mental health. 

MUCC has received numerous calls, emails and messages from Michigan anglers and recreationists since the announcement, said MUCC Executive Director Amy Trotter.

“We have not protested the necessary closure at Tippy Dam because of anglers disobeying the orders for social distancing,” Trotter said. “However, this EO is using a hatchet where a scalpel was appropriate and necessary.”

While no communication was received in advance of this notice nor does EO 2020-42 specifically address this issue, the DNR states that “Non-motorized boating, such as canoeing, kayaking and sailing, falls within the outdoor activities permitted under the ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ Executive Order. However, the use of a motorboat, jet ski or similar watercraft is not permitted for the duration of the Executive Order, which is currently set to expire at 11:59 p.m. [on] April 30..” 

In the announcement from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), they wrote the DNR “has received many reports about the heavy use of boat launches across the state and the subsequent congregation of people at these launches in violation of social distancing requirements and in a manner that threatens public health.” 

Alternatively, those boat launches individually could have been closed and the individuals violating social distancing ticketed. MUCC has contacted DNR leadership and will be drafting a letter of disapproval to the governor.

In only a few short hours, an outpouring of hopelessness has come from the angling community, many of whom are MUCC clubs and members. We want our clubs and our members to know that we hear you. And we are prepared to stand next to you when decisions are made that affect our collective way of life.

MUCC understands that spring brings walleye and steelhead into our rivers, bowfishing in the bayous and bays begins, and bass and bluegill start to become active on their beds. And we want to remind anglers that not abiding by the current law could mean longer restrictions on where and when you can fish.

As we look ahead to spring turkey season starting next Saturday, this precedent proves troublesome for anglers and hunters alike. We encourage those engaging in outdoor activities to stay close to home in their pursuit of the outdoors and practice safe social distancing during this time to prevent further closures of our public spaces. 

Currently, it is against the law to be congregated with any individuals that do not reside within your household, and it is punishable by a civil fine of $1,000.

Contact: MUCC Public Information Officer Nick Green, ngreen@mucc.org

444 Comments

  1. Charlie on April 10, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    Total over reach. The Governor is a terrible leader and it shows more every day.

    • Bill in St. Clair on April 11, 2020 at 3:28 pm

      Yes it does let’s all remember this at election time! She is completely out of control. This is totally uncalled for.

    • Paul on April 11, 2020 at 6:04 pm

      I would like to know after reading executive order – 42 where it states no motorized boat for fishing , all I am hearing are explanations that say this is the interpretation of that order .all interpretations refer back to the order & in that it states that as long as it’s your own equipment & you practice social distancing its fine. Well my little 10hr on my 14’ is part of my equipment maintained be me solely & has been for over 20 yrs I also read her reasoning was because other people supply parts & gasoline for our motors … well if that’s the case -Thank God we can still drive our vehicles!!! If someone reads this, I can be reached on Email—address …grunttower111@gmail.com … would like to no the truth to the matter is this just another political power grab that the DNR is allowing? This is going to far !! & someone needs to speak up ? Really does this hold any weight !!

    • L sears on April 11, 2020 at 6:39 pm

      Hopefully you won’t end up on a ventilator wishing you hadn’t said this better to be safe then dead or someone you know don’t be selfish what’s a few months like Tom Cruise said in a Few Good Men it’s a hockey season to save lives

    • Hillbilly on April 11, 2020 at 7:46 pm

      Please stop crying!!! She is trying to protect our state and the people! Heaven for bid you can’t fish for a month or 2. Stop acting like a child told no!

      • Pat Zientek on April 15, 2020 at 1:43 pm

        Let me make my life decisions when I will not be having any contact with another person. I can still go buy a lottery ticket where I will contact another person and this is ok? Why? Because the state will get their money! It is control and greed!

    • John sylvan on April 11, 2020 at 8:08 pm

      I planned on fishing for my food with my son.Seems safer for us to be sitting in a boat with are fishing poles obviously in use than going to the market.5 people from different homes could be a problem but family from same home fishing for food makes sense to me..

      • John sylvan on April 11, 2020 at 8:13 pm

        I am talking about a motor boat.

    • Zorro on April 11, 2020 at 8:30 pm

      Whitmer thinks she is GOD! WHERE DOES SHE GET OFF DOING ALL THIS….WE ARE STILL A FREE COUNTRY AND SHE IS TRYING TO TAKE OUR RIGHTS AWAY!
      SHE NEEDS TO BE RECALLED. AND REMOVED FROM OFFICE ASAP BEFORE SHE DESTROYS MICHIGAN MORE THEN SHE HAS DONE NOW!

    • Dennis J. on April 11, 2020 at 10:54 pm

      Fellow anglers and hunters. Remember this when you vote at the next election.

    • William on April 11, 2020 at 11:28 pm

      guess what folks – What we are going thru now would be a very mild pre-curser of being in a socialistic government. We need rules, but not this.

    • Joseph Pikulski on April 12, 2020 at 5:02 am

      When you fish by yourself and your rights get taken away I will not Forget when election time comes around I’ll remember

    • CL Davis on April 12, 2020 at 7:12 am

      This is a perfect example of an individual’s political over reach that will penalize the populace while she seeks to enhance her personal career growth. Directives made from the far left such as these have been proven in the past to be detrimental to society. Instead of addressing specific behavioral problems she chooses to punish everyone.

    • Lifetime michigander on April 12, 2020 at 7:59 am

      Not respecting social distancing at the boat ramp? Really? That is a stretch for even this governor! But kayaks and sailboats are ok, sounds like our power trip communist governor just doesn’t like power boats!

    • R Kasdorf on April 12, 2020 at 9:12 am

      It’s not about punishing boaters….it is about keeping DNR, necessary state employees and the Coast Guard safe….sorry you are inconvenienced.

      • M Sampson on April 15, 2020 at 2:08 pm

        EO 2020-42 section7 ( a)( 1) does not expressly prohibit the use of motorized vessels nor does it expressly permit the use of sailboats. I am not aware of any administrative regulations enacted by the DNR or MSP or any other agency under the authority of this Order. If that’s the case, it’s only from the Michigan.gov website QA section where some bureaucrat decided that should be included. Thank you Keary Sawyer

    • Green on April 12, 2020 at 10:37 am

      Wow, shouldn’t she have also outlawed use of cars, motorcycles, bikes, etc? Fits into the exact same unlogical logic used for boats.

    • Walley on April 12, 2020 at 11:28 am

      This Nick Green is a sell out weeny. This shit ain’t even real!!!!!! And your taking my rights away over a hoax and I’m suppose to sit here and take it when I and only I it seems know the truth that this is all bullshit and no matter what you die from, heart attack, cancer what ever they are saying its covid 19 to fit their narrative! Wake up sheep and do some research. Where is the surge in death over last year at this time? There isn’t any!!!!! Go look yourselfs!

    • Nick Harper on April 12, 2020 at 11:44 am

      I guess that means no freighters delivering goods by water

    • Vicky Morse on April 12, 2020 at 3:52 pm

      I am not sure about a terrible leader but definitely being overly cautious. I am still scratching and shaking my head on this one. Especially for the folks who live on lakes and go fishing and do not have to rely on a boat launch. Some of the other restrictions are somewhat overboard too. (no pun intended) hopefully this ban will be rescinded.

      • Matt from China Township on April 15, 2020 at 11:23 am

        I was in agreement with most of the governor’s reasoning on restrictions. She has miss stepped here and in not closing the lottery. I feel much more comfortable eating a Walleye that has not been touched by a bunch of people to end up in the grocery store. At $13.00 lb. she has denied people the can’t get through the system for benefits a low cost source of food.
        Unlike many people, I believe she is trying to navigate a situation that is not being helped by Washington with a hostile legislator. Rather than form a lynch mob. Try a conversation.

    • C.S. on April 12, 2020 at 5:05 pm

      I wonder if she realizes outdoorsy people still know how to survive outside…can harvest seeds from grown vegetables…and can snare pick and homestead without being seen from an eagles nest up a 400 ft tree….

    • Marsha Ransom on April 12, 2020 at 5:41 pm

      Kayakers & canoeists use many of the same launches as motorcraft. This makes no sense to me.

    • Kevin Rossen on April 12, 2020 at 6:54 pm

      Social distancing and masks should be enough and gloves when pumping gas, she could have just made those mandatory, this order has infrnged on our rights big time, we own our boats , pay for our lfishing licenses and this order needs amended. The worst Governor we have ever had. To prevent us from working, fishing, hunting instead of just requiring masks, social distancing and gloves is obsurd.

    • Nick Quintel on April 12, 2020 at 8:07 pm

      I hope that common sense prevails, as these restrictions are not logical. I served this country to do my part to make sure our freedom is protected. The necessary or unnecessary restrictions of the COVID 19 has already disrupted or destroyed American lives…………………… there is always a cost of doing business Where do WE draw the line. I believe in most laws we have and have always obeyed all of them, BUT I will be on the water tomorrow and the next day and the day after that!

    • Nanci on April 13, 2020 at 6:55 am

      It’s TOTALLY ridiculous – she is totally overreaching – and just wants air-time on National TV. Give me a break. We are in Florida, and not coming back until she lightens up. How can I reach her and send her my views?

    • Gary on April 13, 2020 at 9:59 pm

      It’s time to vote the Democrats out of office they are only doing this so you will get P O At Trump now they tell me I can’t go to my property or my boat slip that I pay taxes and yearly dues on.its mine I am a resident I eat in the all the restaurants and shop at the stores just as much as anyone else.

    • David on April 14, 2020 at 9:54 am

      We all need a reprieve of that which we call home….just adhere to proper distancing and you can still enjoy activities in our great outdoors..

    • James Calder on April 14, 2020 at 5:12 pm

      If this is not overturned the gov. should be removed from office. This is about the most ridiculous thing in the whole virus mess. Why not just enforce the rules against the person violating these rules rather than making up new ones. Totally incompetent leader.

    • James Calder on April 14, 2020 at 5:42 pm

      Of the 1768 deaths in Michigan so far because of this virus, 1477 have been in Detroit, and Wayne,Oakland, and Macomb counties. Seems to me that Half Whitmer has a problem enforcing the existing orders in the SE portion of our state. Rather than taking away fishing from responsible persons, how about enforcing your orders down south. But that would hurt your voter base so my bet it won’t be done. What a useless gov.

    • Matthew Beavers on April 14, 2020 at 10:17 pm

      This governor is a bigger idiot than Jennifer Granholm was.
      She can hang up her political career if she thinks she’s gonna be called to be Joe Bidens running mate.
      Her career will be over shortly.

    • Rod on April 14, 2020 at 10:28 pm

      She’s going to be an excellent VP.

    • Steve young on April 15, 2020 at 6:12 am

      Ive fished my hole life an was a guide an bass pro fishing is my life ! Ill take the find im going fishing

  2. Mike yesh on April 10, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    I think it’s a crock of dung. I just bought my new license do I get a extra month next year?

    • William Spoering on April 11, 2020 at 4:52 pm

      She has completely over stepped her authority with this whole virus. You are in the open air of the outdoors, not in a confined room. Her so called leadership is a joke. This a a right out grab for compete control on the law abiding citizens of this state. Need to recall this idiot now.

    • mike on April 11, 2020 at 8:30 pm

      She needs go.

    • David Krueger on April 12, 2020 at 12:05 am

      This had to be the stupidest thing I have ever heard what does a boat motor have to do with this outbreak because your at a boat launch. Well people that won’t to take their rowboat to the lake where do you think their at the boat launch oh and they had to stop get gas in their vehicles on the way . I didn’t vote for her but I will vote so she will not be governor of this state agin that’s for sure

    • Carol on April 12, 2020 at 10:13 am

      Excessive abuse of power! People are closer at stores then at docks! They are outside breathing fresh air not recycled air! Also, you can’t bring a boat in to dock until the one using the dock leaves! And boats at Marina docks are a lot further than 6 foot away! This restriction is unnecessary!

    • Mark on April 12, 2020 at 10:24 am

      I don’t understand this under the Constitution we have the right to free travel I don’t understand why they need to close the waterways to boat fishing that’s just the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard

    • JIMMY MCCUTCHEON on April 12, 2020 at 4:26 pm

      Isn’t canoe owners burning extra gas to get to their launch sites. What’s the difference. Didn’t take that into consideration did you Whitmer. What next. Hope this decision spreads for her political career.

    • Duwayne Platt on April 12, 2020 at 8:00 pm

      I live on a private chain of lakes , no public boat launch. I pay over 6 k a year in property taxes. I’m laid off because of this, I think I will go fishing in my 16 ft gas powered boat if I need to feed the family. This blanket rule is ridiculous. Also open up the nursery s and let the “low” income landscapers work. If you want to seriously “contain” it shut the gas stations down as well. I have plenty of gas in the barn too!!

    • Q on April 14, 2020 at 3:48 pm

      You can still go fishing, you just can’t drag your big motorized boat to a crowded landing at a business to do it. Motorized boating isn’t essential for fishing. Makes sense to me.

  3. Chris Perrigo on April 10, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    I’m very disappointed in her decision she is obviously motor boats if you’re going to close boating close all of it. I Personally don’t think a person out boating with a electric trolling motor is harming anyone. Shame on her

    • DAVID GABEL on April 11, 2020 at 4:23 pm

      Its the social distancing that is bad. People that run the launch have to be in contact with another of fisherman and people putting their boats in the water. Its like compounding interest. One person has it that doesn’t know they have it. Then passes it on to two and those two pass it on to four. So on and so on. The governor has a responsibility to protect the people of Michigan. I believe she is doing a great job.

    • Kirsten Durdle on April 12, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      I live in mitchells bay ont. On Lake st. Clair And they just closed our boat ramps etc. For people who live in the same household they cannot even launch their boats, to escape the sanity of this virus and enjoy the great outdoors. If my hubby couldnt get out in his boat I would go crazy let alone him. Thank god we live on the water, I hope our ontario premiere doesnt do this or the divorce rate might go up . We need to get outdoors and enjoy our countries.

    • Kevin on April 13, 2020 at 8:15 am

      Outdoors people remember election time

    • william on April 13, 2020 at 12:20 pm

      Compared to the states that remain open those boating in M.I. are almost statistically insignificant. Punishing all M.I. boaters may be a poor decision. If the Gov. feels the need, then limit the number of people per boat or require it to be immediate families only that already share living space together.

    • Shawn on April 13, 2020 at 12:25 pm

      Terrible decision. Coming from the same women that upon running for governor was called out saying she was going to raise taxes 25cents on gas she said that’s not true. Then tried to raise gas tax 45 cents. Now blanket covers the whole state from fishing from a motor boat with persons under the same roof. Wake up people. She is intentionally ruining the states economy.

    • Brian on April 13, 2020 at 9:34 pm

      Sad, another bad decision, made without much thought, I can walk and go hiking, but I can’t walk and golf, stupid!! I can fish but not in a motor boat, the piers and rivers are busy enough as it is and now it’s jus going to even busier because everyone that would be fishing in there boats will now be fishing the piers and rivers!!! We’re not going to stop fishing !! Governer !!!!Good luck getting relected !!! Won’t be getting my vote!!!!

    • Jake on April 14, 2020 at 1:07 pm

      Keep voting democrat Michigan , see what you get.

  4. Kevin on April 10, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    This is completely not called for no reason the American people needs to be stripped of there freedom rites over a virus what about cancer there’s is no cure for that a lot of people die from every year so I don’t understand why this has to be so different

    • John kapron on April 11, 2020 at 4:15 pm

      Hey Kevin
      You are correct in your evaluation
      Cancer and Tuberculosis kill and have
      Killed far more people than Verona Cyrus has!!
      So what is really going on here?!?

    • DAVID GABEL on April 11, 2020 at 4:26 pm

      Cancer. Really. Cancer is not contagious. This virus is extremely contagious. DA

    • DAVID GABEL on April 11, 2020 at 4:28 pm

      Cancer. REALLY

    • Gina on April 11, 2020 at 6:10 pm

      Cancer is not contagious. Seems easy enough to understand that congregation = virus spread.
      Boat launches are obviously becoming crowded with so many folks out of work and the weather warming up. Clearly the Governor’s concern is not the individual in his or her boat on the open water…that is why row boats, canoes and Kayaks that don’t require a boat launch are still allowed.
      Life has to be about protecting the public from themselves for a while. I would personally like to see everyone allowed to go wherever they want.
      Possibly this virus could decrease the number of dumbasses in this country. However, the healthcare workers don’t deserve the extra work and risk. So, quarantine laws are needed.
      I say anyone who is foolish enough….should be allowed to go out all they want and instead of the authorities giving a ticket…maybe they could just take away hospitalization and ventilator privileges in the event that the quarantine violators later show up at the ER with a fever and cough. Instead of treatment a doctor could just write offenders who contract Covid-19 a prescription to “go stand at the public access” and infect other fools!

    • Me on April 11, 2020 at 6:31 pm

      Cancer is not contagious, however I agree, this helps in no way at all.

    • Kris on April 11, 2020 at 6:53 pm

      Kevin, I was looking forward to boating! I was. However your comment makes no sense, as cancer is not contagious.

    • David dumbass on April 11, 2020 at 7:22 pm

      Get real people. Its just until the end of this month. There is a serious virus that’s going on unlike anything has ever taken place worldwide and in anybody’s lifetime. Lots of people are dying and a lot of good people putting their lives on in place to resolve this. It’s not just about you it’s about everybody.

    • CP on April 11, 2020 at 8:10 pm

      Officials are doing their best to keep Michiganders safe. Let’s see all the trolls do a better job. Talk is cheap and cowardly.

    • Therese on April 11, 2020 at 9:33 pm

      Because cancer isn’t contagious. And they allow you to carry a gun?!

    • Bear on April 11, 2020 at 10:04 pm

      Ya can’t catch cancer from someone, very different. Stay home, save lives and shut the fuck up.

    • Rich Eisenhauer on April 11, 2020 at 11:09 pm

      I was booted off devils lake today on the water before sun up got back to launch taped off like a murder scene. Met by dnr told me take boat out or be cited . What I said was not friendly and all I was told was. The dnr is just the messenger. What kind of a person makes such odd and real stupid decisions ? Oh yeah. Thanks for the layoff also gretch now I cant fish I’m predicting I’m not the only one who isn’t real good with decisions being made 4 me.

    • LCD on April 12, 2020 at 11:30 am

      Give your head a shake, what little brain in there is frozen stuck.
      What is the difference between a virus and cancer, one is highly contagious and the other is not.
      No wonder the death rate is higher in the States than anywhere else!!!

    • Jeff on April 12, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      Folks in Michigan apparently don’t understand cancer isn’t contagious…lol. Go Bucks!

    • Boo boo on April 12, 2020 at 3:15 pm

      imagine what she could do as a vice president

    • Marsha Ransom on April 12, 2020 at 5:43 pm

      Well, to your point, cancer is not contagious. That being said I totally get your frustration that the one (virus) does not equate the other (no motorized watercraft).

    • Tim taylor on April 12, 2020 at 5:55 pm

      Hope this gov. gets impeached for this. Totally unnecessary. Typical government.

    • Cindy on April 12, 2020 at 7:08 pm

      Cancer is not contagious. Just sayin. Not a good example.

    • Kurt D Formiller on April 12, 2020 at 7:37 pm

      Write tickets to those that dont comply with distance laws but let those following the rules get back to the outdoor activities we live for in Michigan. I understand boaing with household members or Solo only and social distancing while on docks and boat ramps. Motor boating banned is only the beginning I’m afraid with this Gov. Trying to make a name around country for political gains and possible VP run .just saying .

    • Edward Mcpherson on April 13, 2020 at 5:11 am

      All I see in these comments are a bunch of selfish people. I live in a rural area surrounded by four Lakes and people from all over the state came to fish. Like it was some fracking holiday. Which means they were at the local gas station, local store. Putting the local gas attendant, check out people in danger of something they’re not asking for. Have you heard one scientist tell you how easy it is to transfer this disease, and people that have it may not show any effect.

      You people on here are damn foolish if you compare this virus to the flu, or having a car accident or even the flu…. Drove by Muskegon lake last week and there were at least a hundred boats on the lake. Snug harbor was packed and people were gathered talking while boats were being launched.
      Piers were packed so I gave up going the first week of the restrictions. I’m missing perch fishing and I have space to fill back up in my freezer but I’m not going to put my little community in danger and I don’t what you people that can’t sacrifice a little for the good of the rest of mankind to be on our local lakes!

      Not sure yet how it is transferred… maybe aerosol, last for hours on hard surfaces and no treatment or cure!! Takes its toll on the elderly and compromised individuals!

      What else do you need to know??

    • Heather on April 13, 2020 at 6:32 am

      Cancer is nothing like this virus. You can’t cough or sneeze on someone and give them cancer.

    • Sid Hilgendorf on April 13, 2020 at 11:54 am

      Really people are dying everyday the guy I work with everyday Dads just passed away from Covid I have 2 nurses in my house wife an daughter and that’s all you guys care about is fishing. Sad Sad world we live in. I thought the fishing community I used to belong to was better than this.

    • Jackie on April 13, 2020 at 2:32 pm

      Cancer is not contagious like Covid-19 is

    • Stephen Douglas on April 15, 2020 at 4:32 am

      People can’t sneeze on you and give you cancer tho. That may be the difference.

  5. John Crisenbery on April 10, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    I for one is tired of this governor and her anti hunting and fishing regimens. She has overstepped again the rights of the sports people of Michigan by implementing these rules against anyone except those who don’t use there “green new deal” . People will still line up to use the launch’s wether they use paddle boats sail boats we need to change this

    • Karen cline on April 11, 2020 at 3:53 pm

      Real sorry you people can’t go out and kill stuff. Destroying nature and the environment is why we are in the mess we are in to begin with. Try enjoying what we have instead of destroying and killing it.

    • Richard Brown on April 11, 2020 at 4:36 pm

      She has gone to far with this order, what is the description of a sail boat , most sail boats have motors .
      I believe my fishing boat will be sporting a sail shortly , will I be ok if I have a Sail and use my motor also ?

    • John Edwards on April 11, 2020 at 4:49 pm

      Our governor needs to be impeached immediately. She makes horrible decisions and has absolutely no clue what shes talking about. This social distancing and stay at home order does absolutely nothing but slow down the inevitable. Let it happen its going to regardless, if you have a pre existing condition then stay home while it runs through the healthy people then this is over. You are almost 3 times more likely to die in a fatal car crash than you are to die from covid19 this is a complete joke. Me and my family have absolutely no plans of obeying this order and so many people I have talked to agree. She is ruining small business and the economy here in Michigan. Good job shutting down grocery stores at night. Now all the people that do night shopping will be trying to jam into a line outside of the store, makes sense huh. I have never been so disappointed in a governor as I am with her…

    • David VanKley on April 11, 2020 at 6:32 pm

      Next Saturday i am supposed to hunt Turkey….i will not go buy a tag….screw the state of Michigan

    • Sally Hazen on April 11, 2020 at 7:56 pm

      Your nuts. She’s not against boating or fishing , she’s against getting the gas to do it your way. Row that boat.

    • Ann Gonsler on April 11, 2020 at 11:05 pm

      Gov. Whitmore wants people to go canoeing and kayaking. The Inland Lakes and the Great water temperature is at 50 degrees if anyone was to fall in that water it would be a very short time and there would be terrible consequences. You can ask the Kennedy family. Where they where they just retrieve the bodies of their family members. Is she thinking before she speaks.

    • Gene on April 12, 2020 at 9:24 am

      Governor Whitmer has been absolutely horrible for Michigan, i hope my fellow citizens in this state see her for what she is, a green deal, Green Party, socialist on a power trip, personally, i think we,( as this states citizens) should show our disapproval of her and her administration, by petitioning for her impeachment or a recall election,

    • Dave Winalis on April 12, 2020 at 9:46 am

      Cant go fishing on a motor boat but u can go buy a lottery ticket what’s up with that?

    • Jim Hart on April 12, 2020 at 12:05 pm

      Governor Whitmer is a perfect example of what the Democratic party has become. They will take every opportunity to increase their control over our lives until we serve them! If they become the dominant party in 2020 our lives, liberty and freedom will be lost.

    • Terry on April 12, 2020 at 12:40 pm

      There is less people at a boat launch than a grocery store but they don’t close the stores because we need food . fishing also provide food and relaxation and it doesn’t cost anything

    • L Robinson on April 12, 2020 at 1:15 pm

      She needs to resign in disgrace. We don’t need an authoritarian governor.

    • Karyl Mangus on April 12, 2020 at 1:22 pm

      My husband and I are disappointed and in disbelief that we can not leave our own lake shore and fish. Our lake is too big and we are too old not to be able to use a motor. We can’t even buy plants and seeds for our garden. Please roll back these extreme measures. Our constitutional rights are being trampled.

    • Laura Campbell on April 12, 2020 at 3:51 pm

      Yes she has and our votes will count next election!!!

    • Rob on April 12, 2020 at 3:53 pm

      Do you folks in Michigan have any knowledge of punctuation and proper grammatical use?

    • Billy on April 12, 2020 at 6:46 pm

      Ya no shit I never been to a launch where people were within 6 ft of each other before the virus. The state of Michigan is making money off of fishing supplies and such, maybe I will drive around town with my boat just because I can do that.

    • Louis Simmons on April 13, 2020 at 6:17 pm

      I live on a lake, have a private boat launch, have a motorized boat on my dock, full of gas, fishing license, not socializing with anyone and the Michigan Governor says I can’t go fishing. She can suck the worm off my hook cause I’M GOING FISHING ALONE. She doesn’t have my permission to go, except to Hell. I’m ordering the DNR and Sheriff to stay away and not socialize with me. I’M GOING TO EXERCISE MY RIGHT TO EXERCISE BY FISHING. THEY CAN GO TO HELL AND SOCIALIZE THERE. Stupid women Democrats.

    • Evan on April 14, 2020 at 3:06 pm

      Me too

  6. Barbara Sealy on April 10, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    This is an extensive overreach of our rights. I see that they waited until everyone renewed the fish licenses. Fishing is a large part of our balanced diet and this takes that out of the equation. Motors do not compromise safety of social distancing. If it is my boat on a lake I pay taxes to be able to use I should be able to fish.

    • Melvin Schlitt on April 11, 2020 at 9:48 pm

      The governor is trying to protect the citizens of Michigan from this growing and highly contagious virus. Everyone should quit complaining and criticizing and do your part to social distance and stay home until this pandemic is under control.

    • Antionette Hart on April 11, 2020 at 11:01 pm

      I agree! And I live on a lake and I have followed her stay at home RULES up till now!! I intend on using my boat and motor! If she can take our tax dollars and the majority of the money that was just handed to the state and gives the majority to Wayne County!! That’s why are vehicle insurance and everything is so high! She is a total failure glad I can say I did not vote for her! She is all about helping them that DO NOT want to help themselves! They are still congregating in her area that’s why she is doing all of this! You can’t use your boat with motor BUT you can go to an ATV park and ride they are open!!!

  7. Jumbo on April 10, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Seems like some ragbagers are political, grinding a ax against Fishermen & women.
    Last time I seen a sail boat, it was under power, outboard pushing it !
    Pitiful small minded elected officials.
    Remember in November people !
    Boycotting license’s this year, no fishing, Deer, maybe then a little bit of Non-cents to the pinheads.

    • Laura Campbell on April 12, 2020 at 3:52 pm

      Yes it is and our votes will count next election!

    • John on April 12, 2020 at 9:18 pm

      You all need a new governor.

    • Captain Chaos on April 14, 2020 at 10:58 am

      No need to attack sailors Jumbo. Besides, she closed marinas too and our sailboats can’t launch themselves. Together we stand, divided we fall! WWG1WGA

    • Gail Johnson on April 14, 2020 at 8:08 pm

      Stop being so selfish. I’m ok with not being on my boat or going to our second home. By doing so I know I will be protecting not other people but also my family. Not everyone practices social distancing and that’s what Scarry. My family will continue to follow all EOs even those we disagree with. GO GRETCHEN!!

  8. Ed Steele on April 10, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    There are many court cases in various states establishing the constitutional right to free travel, including for pleasure, on navigable waterways.

    The best fitting Federal Supreme Court case is Gibbons v. Ogden 1824, which establishes that the federal government retains control over navigable waterways when they are not contained completely within one state, or country. The Great Lakes and its connecting waterways fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government, and therefore no State can restrict free travel thereon.

    Gretchen Whitmer’s order would restrict travel and commerce between Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and perhaps more that I am forgetting. This is clearly Unconstitutional. Boat launches and state land can be closed, I think, but the interstate waterway itself cannot be. It can be regulated, via boat registration, but not prohibited in any way ever.

    • James Adams on April 11, 2020 at 3:31 pm

      As a lawyer with undergrad degree in pre-med, and a MI boater for 59 years, not only is the powerboat ban unconstitutional, but the faster a powerboat moves, the more it would help LESSEN the risk for any occupants to contract the coronavirus by inhaling airborne respiratory droplets. Whitmer and Nessel are legal and science imbeciles.

    • Angelo on April 12, 2020 at 5:49 am

      It is safer to go fishing then go to the market to get your food it doesn’t make sense

    • Capt Jim LaBeske on April 12, 2020 at 1:26 pm

      Mr Ed Steele…Thanks for doing the research.. For those who want more details https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibbons_v._Ogden

    • Vicky Morse on April 12, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      Very good point. I did not know about that ruling. I haven’t fished on any of the Great Lakes in a very long time. So I wouldn’t keep up with any. But my neighbor does and he may already know about it.

    • Paul S on April 12, 2020 at 6:40 pm

      Ontario Canada and Minnesota

    • KELLEY JACKSON on April 12, 2020 at 10:18 pm

      Plus all but Lake Michigan is International waterways, including St. Clair and Detroit. Lake Michigan is Intrastate waterways.

    • Local fisherman on April 12, 2020 at 11:15 pm

      Any lawyers out there???? Sue the state… class action, send $1 million punitive damage to every fisherman!!! Drive her from office out of embarrassment

  9. Will S. on April 10, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    What the hell is with Gretchen? First it was gas cans and now it’s motorboats?
    You best be more careful, Governor! I think you are getting some bad advice!

    • Loretta on April 11, 2020 at 9:15 pm

      Gas cans? Did I miss something?

    • Terry Smithwick on April 12, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      The people of the USA should be more worried about the total disregard of their civil liberties by local and state leaders than catching Covid 19. This is a blatant overstep of our constitutional rights by a bunch of spineless me too politicians .

    • Wine w/ DeWine on April 13, 2020 at 5:34 pm

      Thin skinned snowflakes? Cry me a river after this “pandemic” is over. Sorry to inconvenience all of you.

    • Lbooke on April 14, 2020 at 9:19 am

      Gretch is an idiot. Does anyone know how we can force litigation against this?

  10. Robert Skeels on April 10, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    She Bumped Her Head Hard !!! My Opinion !!!

    • Don drogowski on April 12, 2020 at 10:18 pm

      I launched out of Sterling State Park last week. I fished by myself. Because no one else living in my household fishes. But other boats had three four five guys on them. That is not social distancing. It is these people that ruined it for everybody. As a healthcare worker it was nice to get out and be stress-free for a little while. If you work in the hospital setting right now you would understand the gravity of how serious this illness is.

    • Scotty on April 13, 2020 at 1:12 am

      Not hard enough

    • M Rygiel on April 14, 2020 at 9:42 pm

      I agree that local boat launches could regulate public gathering at launches if necessary, but the facts are that a boat launch on an inland lakes are usually done by one or two people and not of any risk whatsoever to this pandemic. Being a Michigan resident all my life and a boater the majority of, this is the most illogical, outrageously ridiculous order I have ever seen. A completely and informed overreach of state government.

      • M Rygiel on April 15, 2020 at 11:55 pm

        The reason Ms. Governor gave regarding the no boating order, is that us boaters would transfer the virus filling up our tanks….at the pump. This proves my theory that stupid people are dangerous. She’s scary dangerous. To the righteous folks who think we are unable to care about others while explaining that we don’t agree with rights being trampled on randomly…and illogically, you are the dimwits that put people lIke this in office….Drink some more koolaid.

  11. Eugene Zainea on April 10, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    Outraged I do not agree with this. I have a boat and have rights. Why is this getting stricter as we go. Had enough of this government dictatorship get her out of office

    • Mike S. on April 11, 2020 at 4:59 pm

      Me think she is fishing for a STUPID license. As a citizen of Michigan, I authorize a CO (Citizen Order) for her to stay at home and pretend she knows what she is doing. She screwed up in the beginning and now is going overboard trying to convince others that she is concerned and acting appropriately. A true Democrat just trying to keep her name in the news.
      I wanna be prezidant!

    • Lsears on April 11, 2020 at 7:12 pm

      Its gettinf strickter BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE DYING ya id like to go to grand haven spend time in our rv.But can you imagine if i was carrying the virus spred it it in a small resort town one hospital come on people wake up before you can’t

    • Terry Little on April 11, 2020 at 9:40 pm

      Why not fine the people that are not following the rules. Don’t punish everyone

    • Jeff on April 12, 2020 at 10:59 am

      This Gov is way over reaching and needs to be removed from office. She has pretty much now made the state of michigan a racial problem. Pandemic or not life is life and this Gov and many others are over stepping many rights with self empowered authority. No Govenor has the power to male laws on their own!!$

    • Bruce Williams on April 12, 2020 at 12:34 pm

      Best way to take over is create fear, offer to fix cause of fear, if you give up a little bit. That’s not working you must give up a little more. Then a little more and then you have no rights or freedoms.

    • Jim G. on April 13, 2020 at 12:53 pm

      I agree. Immediate Recall. Weather a boat has a motor on it or not has nothing to do with this virus which is going to run its course no Matter what politicians do. They claim it’s about safety, Social Distancing, Its about Money and Power. Recall Her NOW!!

    • Fred on April 15, 2020 at 8:03 am

      I have no issue with it at all. The only way to actually control this is a total lockdown no going out except for food or medicine. It’s crazy people think they can just run around and pass this disease unknowingly possibly killing people and all they can think of are themselves. This illness, is much more virulent than the flu. Our death rate in MI is higher than other places and it’s at 4% mortality. This illness is 10 times more deadly than the flu but if you factor in just our death rate in mich compared to cases we stand at 40 times more deadly than the flu. The outrage is morons who are so selfish they are willing to let others die because they can’t help this nation in it’s time of need.

  12. Eugene Zainea on April 10, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    I have paid for my boat , liscense boat ramp fee and can’t use it when I want? Refund the damage then this is not our fault so stop treating us like it is. You take our money but give nothing that’s a disgrace

    • Rebecca Davis on April 12, 2020 at 9:54 am

      Many of the people of Michigan rely on the resources we have to put fresh food on the table. Whitmer is taking food out of our mouths. Especially those that have no income at this time. She is infringing our right to provide for our family. We have always fished to fill the freezer and hunted. She has gone too far.

    • Steve young on April 15, 2020 at 6:14 am

      Ive fished my hole life an was a guide an bass pro fishing is my life ! Ill take the find im going fishing

  13. Craig Tipton on April 10, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    Any truth to this ? Copied and pasted form someone else. There are many court cases in various states establishing the constitutional right to free travel, including for pleasure, on navigable waterways.

    The best fitting Federal Supreme Court case is Gibbons v. Ogden 1824, which establishes that the federal government retains control over navigable waterways when they are not contained completely within one state, or country. The Great Lakes and its connecting waterways fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government, and therefore no State can restrict free travel thereon.

    Gretchen Whitmer’s order would restrict travel and commerce between Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and perhaps more that I am forgetting. This is clearly Unconstitutional. Boat launches and state land can be closed, I think, but the interstate waterway itself cannot be. It can be regulated, via boat registration, but not prohibited in any way ever.

    • Greg Hawkins on April 11, 2020 at 9:49 pm

      Interstate commerce continues on the Great Lakes as we comment. Freighters haul freight. Tug boats tug. Commercial fisherman fish. The problem here is that the State of Michigan controls the fishing regs, boat ramps, access points, ect in Michigan waters. Believe me, I hate this as much as anybody but I have already lost a good friend to this virus and I have another in ICU. It might be time to just bite the bullet and don’t fish. Giving up a month of fishing is worth my life, because…..the moron walking around the ramp with a case of the sniffles that he calls a cold is the one that gives covid to you or someone you care about. Maybe it will hit a little closer to home then.

    • Guido Sarducchi on April 12, 2020 at 10:08 am

      I hope all who voted for her are happy now. Be assured this will be her one and only term. This is not nazi Germany but she, and the DNR think it is. The officers are no better for enforcing this garbage. Just remember DNR officers, there are wayyyy more of us than there are of you, police, and even military. Military is 2% of the population. Keep poking us with the stick. That stick will be put where it doesn’t shine on you soon.

  14. Ken Mortis on April 10, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    We don’t take cars away from everyone because of a few drunk drivers so why take away our fishing from a few bad apples. Ticket and fine the bad apples. Word will get out quickly!

    • Rob Ritchie on April 11, 2020 at 4:31 pm

      Comparing a contagious virus to a 20 day boat ban? Really? Does the drunk driver suddenly create other drunks when he breathes on them…nothing but straw man arguments and mucc shame on you…looks like you’d rather have memberships than have your members healthy. Bawittabaw!

  15. Lisa Zimmerman on April 10, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    When you ski you are 75 ft away. Idiots

    • Bill on April 11, 2020 at 3:38 pm

      I think you should share these thoughts with your fellow infectious disease experts, epidemiologists, and immunologists that are advising the president and governor.

      I’m sure they no nothing about transmission. Vectors, carriers, fomites… who cares? You got this thing nailed! 75ft on a ski rope! Genius!

    • Bill Benzie on April 12, 2020 at 11:23 am

      For mental health, we all need to stay busy. Fishing, gardening, crafts…. anything to keep active and engaged. The government is hurting 90% of the people but they dont really care.

    • Joe on April 14, 2020 at 12:19 pm

      Let’s see here now you must have one huge boat you have a driver and a spotter that are 75 feet apart.

  16. Jeff DeLong on April 10, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Have been fishing solo for a couple weeks now. What part of social distancing does that violate?

    • Ken Kirk on April 11, 2020 at 5:58 pm

      what is America A establishment by the people for the people how short is this of martial law suppose you will want our guns next when you pry it from my cold dead fingers and that goes for the fishing rod to

    • Brian Bavington on April 12, 2020 at 8:47 am

      Wow don’t get me wrong I’m a boater from Florida and I love the water I see people quoting laws here there’s one law that overrides all laws state of emergency. Now this one’s going to get me in trouble I spend a lot of time on the water I hate taking my boat out on the weekend too many Weekend Warriors don’t get me wrong there’s a lot of good safe boaters out there that uses common sense but the vast majority I see don’t have a lick of sense and this is Multiplied on the weekend and before you say anything about Florida I run a trip last year down cross Okeechobee and up to Elizabeth City North Carolina and that statement holds true all the way a few can spoil it for everybody a crisis like this they got to do what they got to do. Now with at all that said I can really feel for you spend all winter just waiting for spring to go boating . I wish and hope for each and everyone of you happy Easter may you and your family’s be safe we’ll get through this.

    • Charles French on April 12, 2020 at 10:09 am

      There is a recall started on FB I signed it this morning

    • Alan on April 13, 2020 at 2:26 pm

      I pay high taxes on my property on a lake where the nearest neighbor is 150 ft away. I can get there and back nonstop on a single tank of gas. My intent was to take my brother there with a stockpile of food and water (i.e. no need for grocery shopping). He has 7 of the most often mentioned underlying conditions that lead to death from complications associated with Covid-19. He would be far safer in our family cabin than in his current location one county away from Wayne County. But I can’t go to MY OWN PROPERTY while anyone can come to Michigan from out of state and go wherever they want. This is risking lives – in this case, my brother’s. Meanwhile, they’re lined up in Detroit buying lottery tickets. I want my property taxes refunded, at least on prorated basis.

      This governor is confused, panicked, and has no idea how to respond. She points fingers, trying to capitalize politically, and then implements scatterbrained measures like this. Alcohol delivery and lottery tickets are essential, but a guy on a riding motor or a motorboat is a threat because they might need gas?! Ridiculous. Pretty soon we’ll be stopped by police asking is, “Where are your papers?”

  17. Vicki M. on April 10, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    And now it begins….

  18. Frankie Juhasz on April 10, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    This is not a law. And you can not take my right away. I will be on my boat.

    • thomas e. davis on April 11, 2020 at 9:11 pm

      right on!

    • Mike Myers on April 12, 2020 at 12:57 pm

      Amen brother. So will I

    • Steve Johnson on April 12, 2020 at 3:44 pm

      I don’t understand her thinking. I believe she is taking advantage of her power to get even with the sportsman and women of Michigan. She claims to care about all of Michigan’s residents but in essence she just cares about SE Michigan. Has she seen the crowds at state parks trails and at trail heads. No different than busy boat launches in fact worse. She has got to go before the state is completely destroyed, people and small businesses.

    • Loosenut on April 13, 2020 at 6:04 pm

      She doesn’t want us buying gas for our boats. We might interfere with the folks that are buying booze and lottery tickets that she gladly allows.

  19. Tod on April 10, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Time to recall her out office bot of them l

  20. Marty on April 10, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Let us know when we can fish with our wives again! I am a charter captain on Detroit River for walleyes and I understand not fishing with clients, but I keep my boat in my boat slip, and I have been fishing with my wife ONLY. Please get this changed back for us law biding fisherman. Thanks

  21. Roger Roelofs on April 10, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    Governor Whitmer has no clue the problems she is causing. Not just boating but stopping many other things that is devastating our economy. Greenhouses is one of many. They work from fall to now with no income and depend on sales in the spring for their yearly income. Roofers work outdoors in the fresh air. I could list many other activities that could go on that would not have much impact on spreading the virus.

    • Mark Vukovich on April 11, 2020 at 11:38 pm

      Walleye come in towards Muskegon in April. Letting people fish for them in June doesn’t do anyone any good. I know a lot of people who fish for food and this forces then to spend more time at the grocery store.

    • Heather on April 13, 2020 at 6:46 am

      I’m pretty sure she’s aware of the impact she’s having. The economic status of Michigan is probably being spouted at her daily amongst all the rage everyone is feeling.

      Imagine having a whole state of lives in your hands and how well or many lives come out of it is based on how well you protected your people because they don’t want to change their way of lives for a moment. Right now, this is upsetting and change is hard. But in the end, this will all have been a horrible moment in history.

      Hopefully none of you have had to lose someone due to this. Hopefully none of you have had to wait for a burial because of what is going on.

      Taking a step back and looking at the big picture right now is important. Have any of you asked where you purchase your licenses, if they could refund you or give you a voucher for next year? Try looking for a solution.

    • Dennis ruell on April 13, 2020 at 6:48 am

      very disappointing wonder what else they can think of to make this worse if no motor boats than it should be no boats at all and no bikes no nothing then see if those people think this rule is in fair

  22. Tina Tucker on April 10, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Bought fifty dollars of licenses just a few days ago . Now they are saying we can not take our boat out to fish . This is not right

    • Steven Bierens on April 12, 2020 at 4:06 pm

      All great comments here. Keep them up and lets get back on the water n fishing again…

    • Howard herman on April 13, 2020 at 8:50 am

      I have a pontoon already in the water on my dock on a private lake ,runs good plenty of gas seems to be poor judgement on behalf of govenor no logic behind this decisions please reverse soon

  23. Don Adams on April 10, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    My boat is a marina in its boat slip. I’m several yards away from any other boat. No way I can be infecting anyone. I’m all alone. Staying safe. As long as we follow the rules of only being with whom is in your household.

    Close the boat ramps that are being abused or have someone writing tickets.

    I should be able to go boating and fish if I am following the CDC guide line.

    • Michael W. STPIERRE on April 13, 2020 at 11:56 pm

      When someone like yourself finds themselves in distress. Who do they call? Coast guard? County sheriff? DNR? Well those folks will be endangering themselves to save anybody on the water.
      STAY HOME! STAY SAFE!!

  24. Chris VanderMeulen on April 10, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    I expect her to refund my fishing license fees, boat registration fees and kiss my rear!

    • John J on April 13, 2020 at 7:01 am

      Zero common sense was used in this decision. Boats with motors can’t be used but canoes, kayaks and sailboats can ? So those that own non motorized boats obviously are immune to contracting this virus. I’ve been fishing alone in my boat for weeks. If this issue had anything to do with reducing outdoor activity due to the spreading of this virus, she’d have made the order include all boats, ATVs, UTVs, Motorcycles and bicycles. She’s in way over her head. Turkey season is coming. Next we’ll be reading that she’s banning that too because sportsman are enjoying themselves doing that also.

  25. RICHARD W PARKE on April 10, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    What has happened to common sense? This order is an outrageous, and likely unconstitutional overreach by the governor. I can’t take a pontoon boat cruise around the lake with members of my household, or those that I know are now immune? Where is the benefit to society? I am willing to go along (voluntarily) with reasonable government recommendations at a time like this when public health is at stake. But I am an adult American citizen that is endowed by my creator with certain unalienable rights, and common sense. Soldiers are not required to carry out an illegal order, and citizens can not be expected to follow unlawful edicts from an out-of-control socialist Vice-presidential candidate trying to get noticed. I wonder whether law enforcement officers faced with this untenable situation will do what they know is right?

    • DJ McCallum on April 11, 2020 at 3:33 pm

      AMEN AND AMEN! YOU SPOKE THE TRUTH!

    • Rob Ritchie on April 11, 2020 at 4:35 pm

      There it is….if this was sunder you’d be in lockstep……just pissed cause it’s a woman Democrat .

      It’s still legal to fish but don’t let facts hurt your Republican trash opinion.

    • shelly moore on April 11, 2020 at 9:57 pm

      AGREEEE!!!

    • Rich Eisenhauer on April 11, 2020 at 11:16 pm

      I was booted off devils lake today on the water before sun up got back to launch taped off like a murder scene. Met by dnr told me take boat out or be cited . What I said was not friendly and all I was told was. The dnr is just the messenger. What kind of a person makes such odd and real stupid decisions ? Oh yeah. Thanks for the layoff also gretch now I cant fish I’m predicting I’m not the only one who isn’t real good with decisions being made 4 me.

  26. Richard a Cota on April 10, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    This is a bunch of BS . Overreach!!

  27. Steve dennis on April 10, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    I have been fishing every week alone. Not breaking any rules. Why am i being punished. I do vote though.

    • Dee on April 12, 2020 at 9:36 am

      This has been enacted in Ontario for some time now. Commercial fishing boats only. No personal watercraft of any kind. Folks were told no going to the cottage, no unnecessary travel, no groups over five. You want this virus to quit spreading, stay home like they’ve asked. The sooner we pay attention, the quicker life will return to the “new” normal whatever that entails. Yes, it’s infringed on your rights as you see them but death from stupidity does that too.

  28. Mike wilburn on April 10, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    What in the hell does a boat with a motor have to do with the Covid 19. A person could fish alone or even one other person because I bet the boat is longer than 6 feet. This is not common sense this is a show of power. Some people feed their family with fishing and wildlife

  29. Joe smoe on April 10, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    What a bunch of crap. She needs to start thinking of the people instead of herself , and trying to look good. She is really gonna find herself on the losing end of her decisions. This is typical of politicians. All about them. She mist think bad press is better than no press. Not when it turns out to be that the people of the state of michigan do not like her and she will find out shortly. If she even cares. Which is doubtful.

  30. John Ulrich on April 10, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Gov Whitmer thank god has made herself a one term Governor. She is a lousy state employee. She ran under the premise of fixing our roads and repealing the unfair and unjust tax of retired state employees pensions which we worked so hard for (27.5 years) in my case. Now she had overstepped her bounds by restricting the very reason many people live and thrive in Michigan for. The outdoor activities and being able to gather food and game off the land. Whitmer leaves pot and liquor stores open and closes golf courses where golfers could play and not come in contact with others thus damaging another business in our economy.

    • BRET BAILEY on April 11, 2020 at 10:38 pm

      Agree 100%…. so do the millions of people that enjoy this state’s wilderness, public lands for hiking, walking their dogs, camping, sledding, fishing, o r v ing, hunting…. OF ALL KINDS, biking, mushrooming, bird watching, photography, taking their kids on a adventure or just taking them hunting and fishing when it’s what they want to do if they can’t spend time with their friends. This order has cost me and my family money and food on the table when times are hard. We have licenses for private land, that we own in northern michigan. We won’t visit public places at all for anything and we will bring enough food for the duration of our visit to our own property. I wish that the not so great governor gretchen whitmer would tell my broken hearted 12 year old daughter who just got her first turkey license. That her and her father cannot go to there OWN property and hunt for turkeys this year. Thanks puppet gretchen, you don’t give 2 flying f’s for the future of michigans conservation but only your agenda. Dont worry, I’ll tell my daughter. Worry about your votes. F U!

    • Mechanical on April 12, 2020 at 7:14 am

      She will be unemployed. If she’s Vp choice, she will go down with Joe. She is doing a great job of turning the state red. All that’s needed is for the UAW to realize that the Dem party doesn’t work for them anymore.

    • Jack Ter Haar on April 12, 2020 at 2:56 pm

      Well said John,
      I retired last June. Where is the Tax exemption on my pension. I have been fishing in my own boat since the ice went out. Now that the steelhead and Browns are by the pier heads, I cannot launch my boat to fish. And now that I cannot use my boat for fishing….I thought about taking up golf again….but no, can’t do that either. I am just fuming. I even wrote my representative.

  31. Bill Fry on April 10, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Now I can’t even get my pontoon out of storage even though they don’t touch it. They pull it out of the field with a tractor with a three point hitch and it was shrunk wrapped last fall before the virus. But I have to go 10 miles to get it.

  32. Jay on April 10, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    So those in the DnR should stand up to this person in the governor’s office who is using this situation for personal agenda.dont ticket anyone.

    • Brett M. on April 13, 2020 at 8:56 pm

      I called the dnr today. They are the ones who specified no gas engines or trolling motors. They told me to get a lawyer and hung up. Amanda, with the law enforcement division of the dnr. Extension 8 from the number on the MiDNR website.

  33. Thomas H. Pelletier on April 10, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Thank you for bringing our voice to the forefront. At a time when everyone is stressed, being able to enjoy Gods gift of nature was an avenue for relief. Please take a direct position and demand our freedom to take care of ourselves.
    Thomas H. Pelletier

  34. Fran on April 10, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    Continue the good and noble causes the MUCC stan for. We need to unite together. Strength in numbers.

  35. John Franko on April 10, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    Thank you for fighting the good fight Nick!!!

    • Mike STPIERRE on April 13, 2020 at 11:47 pm

      I agree with this! Too many people too close to one another at boat launches. Sure the guy who lives on a lake goes fishing by himself isn’t going to endanger anyone. How will you know who is who out on the water.
      I applaud the governor for being bold and decisive. Too many small minded citizens are acting like 5 year olds. As in “BUT I WANNNNT IIIIIT!!!!” You crybabies need to STFU AND SIT DOWN! You can fish after people stop dying by the thousands.

  36. Alan Leonard on April 10, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    I believe the few who do not follow the social distancing should be ticketed and should not affect all of us, who do abide by the social distancing rules. Governor Whitmer do not punish all, for the few who violate your orders.

    • Fred Fields on April 12, 2020 at 11:34 am

      I totally agree. I’ve had several on-the-water discussions with fishermen who insist on fishing three or four out of a 19′ boat. I indicated that if not from the same household they are in violation of social distancing standards. They seemed to think that if once in a while they get as far as six feet apart–they are fine!
      No! And how do four of you ride in the same truck?
      Like so many of us, I’ve adhered to the one-man-per-boat/truck for three weeks.
      I saw this coming.

    • Uncle Willie on April 13, 2020 at 1:36 pm

      Well the BS continues.Anybody with a sixteenth of a brain realizes a grocery store is the worst.Does Jen make all wear a face covering?
      No. Just put away your Minos, and worms and Michigan will be just fine.Hope you didn’t get that $300.00 trailer license! Thanks to the political idiots I’m on the Federal watch list.
      Seriously!

  37. Simon Weishaupt on April 10, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Purely an over step of her authority. I will be sure to remember this when it comes Time to purchase future hunting, fishing , or anything required by the state.

  38. Roger knoper on April 10, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Typical overreacting by a governor trying impress Joe Biden for political reasons

    • Jim Bundoff on April 12, 2020 at 5:19 pm

      I am an avid outdoorsman. I am by no means a fan of this Governor, what I am a fan of is staying healthy and alive. Call these steps what you may but they are only necessary because of the fools who will not use COMMON SENSE and WILL endanger our safety. You talk about ticketing them, so now YOU ARE WILLING TO ENDANGER AN OFFICERS LIFE AND HIS OR HERS FAMILIES LIFE SO YOU CAN ENJOY YOUR BOAT!!!
      CAN YOU LIVE WITH THAT, HONESTLY, I CAN’T AND WON’T.

  39. Robert DeLine on April 10, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    Idc we pay our taxes buy our licenses its our right whatever stupid law they try to enforce that the legislature has the balls to write just because we ad people dont unite and fight im not a sheep i will fish like i always did tippy danm b.s. people closer in Walmart its a s are tactic and ive been through worse this is all a bunch of govt crap on the peopke without money or power

    • Jerry on April 11, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      Pretty tired of the governor. Way out of control..

  40. Clark Allen on April 10, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    6ft rule, don’t come in same vehicle and let’s fish. I own a 26 ft boat and can fish with three guys and remain 6 ft

    • Mike STPIERRE on April 13, 2020 at 11:50 pm

      Riiiight….. until you exhale and the poor soul down wind of you inhales your virus you got from the gas station clerk. Where you stopped for pop and munchies on your way.
      What a moron. Stay home

  41. Dan Duffield on April 10, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Thank you!

  42. Robert Deline on April 10, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    And for you to say not protesting tippy danm because disobeying is like saying we are like dogs on a leash protest it everything they try to tAKe away protest it its our rights and our country people with phobias stay home i wont! I fish i hunt take it away KILL ME!!

    • Jim Bass on April 11, 2020 at 7:26 pm

      How can they give you a ticket anyway they have to be farther than 6 feet away I can’t handle my license they can’t get closer to 6 feet away so what are you do tell him you’ll send it to him or what or do you yell your number I don’t understand need another reminder. There’s more that got to be more than 6 feet away right hey I need your license or throw it at them I don’t I don’t get it I think they’re being just as bad as the order I mean I love my cops and everything in the DNR also but to the ticket people and how they going to get their breaking the law and then by getting close to you to get that ticket I write you the ticket

    • Tim w on April 12, 2020 at 4:06 pm

      I agree I have been fishing the last week and a half with my two kids. my wife is a nurse and University of Michigan hospital. She is on the front line helping take care of these patients. fishing was the one thing I could get out and do with my kids to keep her mind occupied. I’m praying that my wife doesn’t get sick.we have not seen her in a week and a half because she now lives in Ann arbor so she wouldn’t bring anything home to get us sick. Please let us fish majority of us are not breaking the law.

  43. Tuesday Reis on April 10, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    So are you ticketing the people in the grocery stores and Home Depot and menards ? Are you shutting them down for not following the social distancing rules ? Oh wait ! You say they are Essential … well so is outdoor life for the mental state of a lot of people.. just as Essential as food and gas and water!!! Your finding other ways to separate people in stores do the same at the docks !!!

    • Ryan Gebfert on April 14, 2020 at 4:55 pm

      Why are you all being such whiny little pansies. Go fishing use your boat. They can’t stop us all let them try, don’t pay your fines and go to court and have them explain how they can take away your constitutional rights. It’s undefendable.

  44. Jason Justice on April 10, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    This is an outrage! Socialism/Martial law without saying it aloud! How is it ok to use my canoe with my wife and kids or our kayaks which are 2 man water crafts but I’m not allowed to use my motorized boat that I make a $500 monthly payment on. Is (not my governor) as it seems to work with non trump supporters going to make my payments while she bans me the RIGHT to use my boat? This is beyond overstepping bounds to our state’s freedoms.

    • Rob cathers on April 13, 2020 at 12:01 am

      This is a freaking joke she needs to be recalled asap

  45. Jim VerStrat on April 10, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    I drive to work every day I’m a service tech in and out of factories but i can’t go to the lake and fish this is not right Gretchen needs to go the dnr which we pay. Do not stand up for us either with out us there is no them man am I pissed

    • BRET BAILEY on April 11, 2020 at 10:46 pm

      Agree 100%…. so do the millions of people that enjoy this state’s wilderness, public lands for hiking, walking their dogs, camping, sledding, fishing, o r v ing, hunting…. OF ALL KINDS, biking, mushrooming, bird watching, photography, taking their kids on a adventure or just taking them hunting and fishing when it’s what they want to do if they can’t spend time with their friends. This order has cost me and my family money and food on the table when times are hard. We have licenses for private land, that we own in northern michigan. We won’t visit public places at all for anything and we will bring enough food for the duration of our visit to our own property. I wish that the not so great governor gretchen whitmer would tell my broken hearted 12 year old daughter who just got her first turkey license. That her and her father cannot go to there OWN property and hunt for turkeys this year. Thanks puppet gretchen, you don’t give 2 flying f’s for the future of michigans conservation but only your agenda. Dont worry, I’ll tell my daughter. Worry about your votes. F U!

  46. Larry Raney on April 10, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Thank You MUCC!!! I am a full time fishing guide and outfitter in the Manistee area and as you know we have not been able to guide since the 25th of March and I have came to grips with that but this no use of motor boats is absurd. Fishing is a way of life for a lot of us and this is how a lot of us forget about the worlds issues for a few hours and regain sanity. I do agree with the social distancing that needs to take place but I don’t see much of a issue with fishing in a motorized boat alone or with a family member that lives in the same household. If someone wants to break them laws well then I guess it will be an expensive day at the boat ramp for them individuals then. I don’t see any good coming out of this. Some like to hike, some like to canoe or kayak and some like to fish out of our motorized boats. Covid-19 is the real deal and I believe a lot of people need to take it more serious but I do think this change is a little drastic. I Pray for things to get back to somewhat normal here in the near future and for everyone to stay safe and healthy but I don’t see someone stopping at the gas station to fill up and get snacks and drinks for the day of hiking or canoeing much different than someone stopping to fuel up a boat. Any way thanks again for your help with this, Tight Lines and stay Healthy!!!

    • Dale Phillips on April 11, 2020 at 10:10 pm

      We can go to the store and buy food and spend money,but, we cant go and catch our food and save money and limit the number of people we come in contact with as well as surfaces touched by possibily infected strangers.

  47. Burl Morningstar on April 10, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    So does this mean we get a refund on our license?…I would think they would have to, I only fish steelhead and Walleye from a boat.. maybe we should all demand our money and see if that changes their minds

    • James Richardson on April 11, 2020 at 10:34 pm

      C’mon really? She’s out of her mind. Like some have said there’s ways around this how about leaving only one launch open only one boat in at a time one out. Yes it will take longer but the social distancing problem would be alieviated. I can’t go from G.R. two hours north to my cabin to open it up social distancing myself from everyone WTF like I said she’s out of her mind

  48. Steve Shitich on April 10, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    I live on a body of water. My own private dock.
    You tell me I can’t use my boat! Let’s bring this to court. I do believe in the closure and enforcing
    Social distancing. Please explain how this does not fall within the guidelines. You have to have fuel on a sailboat to get out from your slip! Use common sense.

  49. Sheryl Graves on April 10, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    This is heart breaking.

    • John kapron on April 11, 2020 at 4:21 pm

      Hey Dennis
      You hit the nail on the head!!!
      That’s the prob
      You Vote!!!!!!!!!

  50. Bill Forbes on April 10, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Hopefully Gov. Whitless will relax this so that opening of Walleye will still be do able?

  51. daniel b miller on April 10, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    The boating restrictions are completely unfair to people that own/rent private wells, have docks at their homes, or are actually following social distancing rules. If you can social distance at wall mart you can do it at a launch. For those that dont follow the rules issue tickets.

    • Henry Beatty on April 12, 2020 at 8:00 am

      VOTE STRAIGHT REPUBLICAN 2020

    • Harvey Donohue on April 12, 2020 at 10:58 am

      But she leaves the pot stores open. She’s nothing but a VP wannabe. This is ridiculous. The roads still blow and she lied about repeal of pension tax.

  52. Alan Vander Velpen on April 10, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    Sorry for the ones that live on lakes whose boats are already in the water. Way too much bull**** from this tyrannical governor!!

    • Louis Simmons on April 13, 2020 at 6:23 pm

      I live on a lake, have a private boat launch, have a motorized boat on my dock, full of gas, fishing license, not socializing with anyone and the Michigan Governor says I can’t go fishing. She can suck the worm off my hook cause I’M GOING FISHING ALONE. She doesn’t have my permission to go, except to Hell. I’m ordering the DNR and Sheriff to stay away and not socialize with me. I’M GOING TO EXERCISE MY RIGHT TO EXERCISE BY FISHING. THEY CAN GO TO HELL AND SOCIALIZE THERE. Stupid women Democrats.

  53. Larrie on April 10, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    Will somebody give this govenor a lesson in goverening. What else is she going to do to this state. The problem is in Detroit, fix the problem. Think of it this way,you have lost the outdoor vote. Why don’t you just quit and find a job you are qualified for.

    • Mechanical on April 12, 2020 at 7:22 am

      There isn’t a job she is qualified for.

  54. Justin Stever on April 10, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    This makes no sense. Whether I’m launching a boat with or without a motor, a canoe, or a kayak, I’m using the same launch. This is borderline tyranny.

  55. Dale Bidigare on April 10, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    I go fishing all the time when I am not working. I am still working on Michigan roads and sewer repair and when I get out of work I love going fishing with my family or my self. I going out on the boat and fish to relax from every day life and stress from the road.. I think it’s wrong to take my boat away from me

  56. Dale Ford on April 10, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    Corona virus is NOT airborne. You cannot get it just by walking around. You get it from other humans that cough, sneeze or contact you. ALL! Outdoor activity should be encouraged as long as 6’ separates you from other people. Boating, jet skiing (I hate them lol) motorcycles, bicycling, 4 wheeling, side by sides, ultralighting, and riding in your car should all be allowed and ENCOURAGED.

  57. Joe on April 10, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    Fishing puts food on the table for many people which makes it part of the essential list. You have to put gas in your car why can’t you put gas in your boat? This oversteps the line and has to be resolved immediately.

  58. Captain Nathaniel Shaw on April 10, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    What about marina’s opening up so,boating season can start I own a 42 ft.sea ray am I and many others to sit out the entire season. We stand to lose thousands of money already paid out.Please let us enjoy our summer toys that have cost us so much.

    • KELLEY JACKSON on April 12, 2020 at 10:15 pm

      She has no jurisdiction over the Great Lakes, St. Clair or the Detroit River. They are all International waterways, with the exception of Lake Michigan which is Intrastate waterways, also no jurisdiction.

  59. Noah Emmert on April 10, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    What about a rowboat?

  60. Vince Fontana on April 10, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    Us fishermen need help this is absolutely uncalled for and needs to stop now.

  61. Connie on April 10, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    Ridiculous! Can’t even get outside and fish with my family? Who thought this one up? This is a family activity that should be able to take place as long as social distancing is followed. When are crowds in urban areas going to be fined.or perhaps arrested? now There’s a problem! But fishing? This is bull.

  62. Michael Kovach on April 10, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    I just paid my $168.00 renewal for my watercraft registration. My fishing license has to be renewed April 1st. My house is 1 mile from my boat on the AuSable River, this took a lot of planning in my life as I am approaching 74. She has changed her mind 3 times on boating, if you think I want to take a non motorized boat on Lake Huron fishing you are nuts. As of now we cannot plant a garden, paint your house, or fish, but make sure you pay your taxes, register your vehicles, and vegetate, pretty hard to infect someone 6 miles offshore.

    • BRET BAILEY on April 11, 2020 at 10:53 pm

      Agree

  63. Jerry j Melchor on April 11, 2020 at 12:27 am

    Easy she’s OUT !!!!!! .
    Fish on my Fisher-Man Friends

    • Paul bossman on April 11, 2020 at 6:44 pm

      Democrats elected her. Most boaters are Republicans.

  64. Larry Eggleston on April 11, 2020 at 12:59 am

    Telling me I can’t fish in my boat alone because I have a motor on my boat is the most absurd thing I have ever heard! In a privet pond or even on a lake with privet launches! This seems more like, see what I can do then trying to help keep people safe. I can’t believe our govener would want people to think she is a power trip politician? If she cared for people she wouldn’t have these younger folks working in these stores where they are exposed all day long does that seem fair? If she is going to shut boats down with motors then why not look like a total power trip and stop cars and trucks with motors and shut everything down? This as rdiculas as telling me I can’t fish in my power boat by my self or with my family who I reside with. Please help justify this situation. Thank you
    Larry Eggleston

    • David on April 14, 2020 at 9:56 am

      We all need a reprieve of that which we call home….just adhere to proper distancing and you can still enjoy activities in our great outdoors..

  65. Robin spence on April 11, 2020 at 1:01 am

    This is getting rediculous. Taking too much enjoyment and relaxation people could benefit ftom during this stressful time. Gardening home improvement emjoying michigan waters. A bit too much.

  66. Keith Jackson on April 11, 2020 at 1:26 am

    That’s crazy out on a lake fishing by yourself and your going to pass on the virus. People been stuck in the house all winter and now this. When will the DNR stop being part of her political agenda.

    • bob taylor on April 12, 2020 at 8:28 am

      i think the DNR has been infiltrated by animal rights activists, so they are part of her agenda.

  67. Ed Franklin on April 11, 2020 at 1:44 am

    Nick,

    At this moment I am not part of any conservation club however if possible I would like some information on some. I am however a Michigan Fisherman and Hunter and I would like to say thank you for your post. It is nice to hear that you and your organization is looking out for the outdoorsman of this great state. If there is any way I may be able to help please let me know.

    Thanks,
    Ed Franklin

    • David B. on April 12, 2020 at 8:42 am

      Social distancing is a recommendation not a LAW! I purchased property north to hunt, she won’t let me but she will allow hunting near your home. I can’t find anyone near me that will allow me to hunt. She is taking away personal property rights with out due process ( motor boats and second homes/property ). The 5 and 14th amendments protect us. I want to fish! I’m limiting trips, wear face masks and social distance. What more does she want, the keys to my cabin and boat?

  68. Larry jayroe on April 11, 2020 at 4:34 am

    Sailboats take multiple people to operate. That’s legal but I can’t fish for walleye ,by myself, for my freezer. I live ON lake St Clair and can’t launch my boat, to keep behind my house, because they didn’t enforce the previous order.
    I want a prorated refund on my boat registrations and my fishing license also.

    • KELLEY JACKSON on April 12, 2020 at 10:11 pm

      If you have your own dock, I believe she cannot keep you off of St.Clair. It is considered an International waterway. She has no jurisdiction over the Great Lakes, St. Clair and the Detroit River. With the exception of Lake Michigan, which is Intrastate waterways. Also, no jurisdiction.

  69. Debra kangas on April 11, 2020 at 4:46 am

    As far as launches being crowded why can’t our dnr over see this ? As far as i am concerned this is going to far

  70. David Keehn on April 11, 2020 at 7:26 am

    I believe this order also violates our rights under Federal laws. Fishing and boating receive Federal funds and are SCOTUS affirmed rights on Navigable Water of the United States. State has management authority, but this goes way beyond managing the resource.

    • Fish of croton on April 12, 2020 at 5:35 pm

      IT’S political with this Demacrat Governor… IT’S NOT about saving lives with HER.. she Doesn’t care about the PEOPLE or How we live OUR lives. She’s POWER hungry and wants to be vice president.

  71. Kenneth Kern on April 11, 2020 at 7:47 am

    This act was made without any intelligent thought. If some fishermen were violating the distancing rules fkne them. Kayaks sailboats rowboats but no motorboats. Just wrong

  72. Lynne Campbell on April 11, 2020 at 7:54 am

    Sad part of this order is it penalizes residents who live on a lake. We don’t travel, we don’t use the boat launch.

  73. Linda Watson on April 11, 2020 at 7:57 am

    Why is this not safe. Many people rely on using the lake and watching others . It makes life more bearable during hard time. Ridiculous!!!

  74. Robin Makepeace on April 11, 2020 at 8:13 am

    I fail to see how taking a boat out on the water to fish is not allowed, never have been on a boat with more then 5 people and been comfortable to fish, how is this not social distancing?

  75. Scott A Bunn on April 11, 2020 at 8:19 am

    Wow this has gone way too far. Recall her shes not in touch with reality

    • L sears on April 11, 2020 at 7:20 pm

      She cares shes doing a better job then the dummy that got us here in the first place .if your boatng your some place else people go small resort towns one hospital cant chance a out break think about it

    • Ted on April 14, 2020 at 9:16 pm

      Need to! Sooner the better

  76. Dan Byers on April 11, 2020 at 8:26 am

    Complete disregard for our civil liberties! A class action suit should be filed against the Governor! I have been fishing at the so called busy ramps and practiced safe distancing by waiting for a spot to launch and only bringing my special needs son. Why should I be punished and my civil liberties protect by the constitution be taken away!

  77. Greg Muma on April 11, 2020 at 8:27 am

    I fish by myself on Muskegon river with my jet boat starting last a April!
    This is not good. I am retired and do not have the ability to use a canoe for safety.
    Please revise new law

  78. Doug Moore on April 11, 2020 at 8:29 am

    I live on a lake and have a boat in front of my house. Seems crazy not to be able to use it to go fishing. I have launched hundreds of boats and I can easily use social Distance while doing so. Anglers need not be in a hurry to launch or be impatient with someone who is ahead of them and we can all remain safe. Have a blessed day. Thank You

  79. Amey Scherer on April 11, 2020 at 8:30 am

    All of this is crazy. Can’t be with any body unless you live with them. Well I am my parents transportation. How do you think they will get to the store. I will not put them on the bus. That is not safe for either of them. They are both high risk for this virus. My dad is even on oxygen.

  80. ABE2(aw) AUSTIN on April 11, 2020 at 8:30 am

    This is not why I served in our country’s military . To be shackled to my house and stripped of my freedom This is unacceptable

  81. Jeff Wycinski on April 11, 2020 at 8:54 am

    In the times that I have been fishing during the social distancing there has been no violations of the law. As a matter of fact there has been a dnr officer and state police officer at the launch every time watching for violations. In my mind I think the sailboaters and kayak’s are more likely to in violation.

  82. RONALD E HARTLINE on April 11, 2020 at 8:58 am

    i was wondering if she has ever read the 14th amendment this is not right and something has to be done

  83. Chris on April 11, 2020 at 8:59 am

    I’ve read the entire executive order and I dont see anywhere in the 10 pages where it specifically says she is prohibiting the use of motor boats…..what is the exact quote from the actual order and what section is it in?

  84. Gary Herman on April 11, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Is a row boat without a motor allowed?

    • Timothy on April 12, 2020 at 6:20 am

      Yes

  85. Sharon Schilke on April 11, 2020 at 9:02 am

    I totally agree fishing doesn’t need to be stopped. It is a ridiculous stop order and needs to be reversed immediately.

  86. Darrick Morley on April 11, 2020 at 9:17 am

    When I read the new order I seen that one of statements to shutting down motorized boats and jet skis was because of all the extra activity at the gas pumps…. So why is ATV’s still allowed the run and even run the trails??? Next she has shut lawn and garden for those of us that like to plant our own food and crops so we know Exactly what was put on the vegetables and fruits A.k.a. herbicide… Why are the farmers still allowed to run??? If I can’t plant my own food I should not have to be made to buy theirs they should be at home as well on this lockdown!!!

    • Tony on April 11, 2020 at 9:57 am

      Honestly, she is making all of her decisions based on politics, not the good of her state. She makes us all stay home, which I get, but if I’m stuck at home I need to do something, so we were working on our home. Now we can’t get paint, stain or many other things we need. Then add she threatening Doctors who want to prescribe a medicine that has shown it can help. She is over the top, and worried more about being vice president, than a good governor.

    • Grant Freed on April 11, 2020 at 10:07 am

      farmers. you… you think farming should stop?

    • Robert Gearing on April 11, 2020 at 10:07 am

      Is the dnr going to refund are fishing and hunting license since we can’t use them where and how we’d like. Also we have passport plates on 2 vehicles bought in December and now they say they are not needed do we get a refund on the sleep

    • Tom Winget on April 11, 2020 at 10:30 am

      This latest order has nothing to do with public health or social distancing. It is all about Gov. Half whitt’s personal political ambitions. Pandering to the radical left amidst the pandemic by taking away basic freedoms . An experiment in government control focused against Us, the Hunters and Fisherman of this state. I can ride my bike and go for a walk, but can’t take my son (whose school she closed) fishing in a boat. I can stand in line for liquor and lottery tickets, but not to buy ammo. Get it yet? It’s called communism.

      • BRET BAILEY on April 11, 2020 at 10:56 pm

        Agreed 100000000%

    • Gina Jones on April 11, 2020 at 11:29 am

      Careful what you put in writing Darrick Morley. Your governor sounds more unhinged than Gov Evers in WI – she appears to be a woman completely out of control and in a position of power to do and enforce epic levels of stupidity. Fear brings out irrational decisions when under qualified to lead. She should be removed from office :/

    • Dawn on April 11, 2020 at 11:59 am

      You can buy seeds & plants…utilizing online sales. Curbside pickups from retail establishments less than 50,000 sf. is another option.

    • Michael Forsyth on April 11, 2020 at 1:05 pm

      So we shutdown boating but do nothing about the private small aircraft buzzing over our house all day today. They are in much closer contact than on an open boat. ?????

    • Jackie Sheldon on April 11, 2020 at 1:37 pm

      If my husband and I want to fishing and don’t need to buy gas why can’t we? Fish is food . We are in our house together so way can’t we be together in boat.

  87. John Lenoir on April 11, 2020 at 9:40 am

    As long as we can get Liquor and Lottery…….I’m COOL!

  88. Christina Milner on April 11, 2020 at 9:42 am

    We fish to bring food into our home and for fresh air. We only go with those in our home and take turns who goes. You are taking everything away from us.

  89. Ed on April 11, 2020 at 9:46 am

    This is wrong you can row a boat just like a canoe

  90. Robert Gearing on April 11, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Is the dnr going to refund are fishing and hunting license since we can’t use them where and how we’d like. Also we have passport plates on 2 vehicles bought in December and now they say they are not needed do we get a refund on the them

  91. Julie on April 11, 2020 at 10:08 am

    I live on private lake with my private lake access; assume this does not apply to local residents?

    • Tom on April 14, 2020 at 7:05 pm

      Did you find out if this applies to private lakes?

  92. Mike Greene on April 11, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Why no electric trolling motors

  93. Tom Winget on April 11, 2020 at 10:31 am

    This latest order has nothing to do with public health or social distancing. It is all about Gov. Half whit’s personal political ambitions. Pandering to the radical left amidst the pandemic by taking away basic freedoms . An experiment in government control focusedo against Us, the Hunters and Fisherman of this state. I can ride my bike and go for a walk, but can’t take my son (whose school she closed) fishing in a boat. I can stand in line for liquor and lottery tickets, but not to buy ammo. Get it yet? It’s called communism.

  94. jeff on April 11, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Because they want you to eat Chinese owned food to further kill off population just like this bio created weapon is doing

  95. Timothy Curtis on April 11, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Time for this overreaching socialist
    nitemare to be recalled, she is killing
    Michigan in ways that no enemy of the state
    ever dreamed of.

  96. Jeffrey Brown on April 11, 2020 at 11:16 am

    I have a bad shoulder ( repeatedly has been operated on with scars to prove it) which makes rowing difficult. Will I not be able to use my trolling motor? How does this make sense? It does not use fuel so I don’t have to go to gas stations. Which seems to be the intent of the law.

  97. Becca King on April 11, 2020 at 11:31 am

    Our Michigan governor is non- essential … she has to go! It makes me sick we’re using Michigan tax dollars to pay her salary!
    Let’s be sure of one thing she will not be voted in EVER AGAIN anywhere!
    She belongs in prison!
    This is like a mob on the loose with no cops around! She must be stopped

  98. Harold on April 11, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Will what going on now we can not fishing what next.we will be miss up if she run to be vice president. Some of us like doing or yards do in our gardens and doing I fishing and honey it we gonna keep her in office leaves it all worthwhile me worth if you become vice president at won’t be United States of the freedom anymore the be all be prisoners to her banana national ship Berta

  99. Concerned Boater on April 11, 2020 at 11:46 am

    I can see shutting down boat launches if people are not practicing social distancing; but what about the father (laid off) and son (out of school) who would like to spend time on the lake fishing while they actually have it. What about the recreational boaters who have boys behind their house who could enjoy the lake while having immediate family aboard.

    This latest ban is over the top and will certainly cast doubt on the Governors decision making!

  100. James A Girardin on April 11, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    James Girardin I live in northern Michigan hopefully this nonsense will get us back to doing what we love to do

  101. Kevin Lake on April 11, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    This is crazy one term Governor we will not forget, any law enforcement officers that enforce this are traitors to the people that pay their salaries. We will not forget.

  102. Dennis shattuck on April 11, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    I am a fisherman and I protest this no motorized boating… I have been wearing protective gloves to pump gas since this started .. so what’s the difference between that and boat gas.. and I own a 17 foot boat and usually only fish with one other guy .. so the 6 foot distancing comes into play… Governor this is extreme Fouleshness!!! In my opinion fishing to me is Peace of mind while supplying food for my table .. U obviously don’t fish so it’s Not important enough to u.. but it is to us… We understand that we need to follow some safety measures but let US do it without these crazy regulations … I’m just a voice in the crowd but it’s a Very Big Crowd!!

  103. Karie Herder on April 11, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    But it is okay for thousands of people per day to go grocery shopping with no masks or gloves on, no social distancing in the stores either….Why don’t they require protective wear to enter? So now we cannot enjoy our boat and lake because other people are not following social distancing rules and just plain being smart when they leave their homes.

  104. BRET on April 11, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    I had already purchased my turkey license after a successful drawing for unit F at the beginning of March and was told I couldn’t change my license to down here where I live. I was planning on packing a day or 2 worth of food and a few 5 gal cans of fuel incase I need them for my truck. I have my own property and was going to set a tent up on my 220 acres. Not going to any public places along the way and hunting for the wknd alone away from anybody. Why is this not allowed? My passion is turkey hunting and I do it every year but now I cant at all? I am a essential worker and would like a wknd to get away from all of this and enjoy nature and all that the outdoors has to offer. I am disgusted by the Gov’s decision to take away our right to provide food for our families. This is was safer than going to the grocery store and harming nobody!

  105. Irs on April 11, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    Good job to all the Dems. that elected the great governor we have. What a joke most of it i agree with but cannot plant our gardens or go fishing.
    Just remember when its time to vote that Whitless is no good for Mich.

    • RetiredFisherman on April 13, 2020 at 11:34 am

      Sorry Governor, I’ve tried to comply with orders as illegal and unconstitutional as I believe many of them to be, but continuing to paint the entire state with one brush has gone on long enough and far enough.

      My boat ( with motor ) is 20 yards from my front door. Now you want to tell me I cannot walk down to my boat, go fishing and return to my dock? Absurd. Why…because I may need parts for it….from where….you closed the marinas…..forgot that part I guess, did you.

      All counties are being treated the same as Wayne County where this outbreak is centered.
      You are aware that not all counties are the same as some have no outbreak or very few.

      I fully hope you have cemented yourself as a one term Governor.

      Gov Whitmer, time for you to go……start the recall, no reason to wait for an election.

  106. donald l brown on April 11, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Not sure i understand, why a person cant use an electric motors.

    • Dan L. on April 14, 2020 at 8:14 pm

      You might contaminate someone when you go to the electric station and fill it up.

  107. Jo dirt on April 11, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Trips to the gas pump trips to the gas station trips to the bait store trips to the sporting goods store. Trips to the boat launch. And when you’re in the middle of the water and you have a problem or an accident and they have to call in the police and the DNR and they get exposed to the Coronavirus and die won’t you be glad you were had the chance to enjoy your boat ride.

    • M Sawic on April 12, 2020 at 8:44 am

      Jo dirt, great name and somehow fitting.
      Trip to the gas pumps – no human contact. Trip to the bait store – not required. Trip to the sporting goods store – they are closed. Trip to the boat launch – easy to keep safe distance. Trouble on the water – give me a break, what if your car breaks down you to travel to the store, besides I have been fishing & boating for many decades & have never seen 1 problem.
      All issues that make no sense or are stupid.
      Get real, enjoy your life sitting in your home and hope you do not have to leave it for any reason.

    • Bill H. on April 12, 2020 at 9:10 am

      Your name says it all. You are as clueless as dirt to reality. So why don’t you also ban mowing your own lawn. To mow your own lawn you have to buy gas and you are more likely to need assistance from EMS when mowing your lawn than when motor boating. Vote again for our clueless Governor, or get educated.

    • Sam Snead on April 12, 2020 at 4:38 pm

      If that’s the case all boats should be banned not just motored boats.

    • LOU on April 12, 2020 at 7:27 pm

      DO YOU EAT?? OR GROCERY SHOP??? HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR GROCERY STORE VISIT. I HEAR ITS REALLY SAFE THYESE DAYS!!!

    • Barbara on April 13, 2020 at 1:22 pm

      Canoes, sailboats, kayaks, etc. don’t have need for rescue too? That’s hog wash. While it’s ok to get gas to run to the convenient store for lotto tickets or liquor store for booze. Gas to run to the dispensary for recreational pot or the abortion clinic. Give me a break!

    • Richard on April 14, 2020 at 5:51 am

      Are you completely stupid? If my boat is hooked to my truck, get out of my way. I’m going fishing. It takes me less than 5 minutes to launch my boat and the last thing i want to do is stand around jaw Jacking with anyone. I’m just like that farmer that baught the seeds ahead of time. I am prepared. And you are dam straight I’m taking my cell phone because the cost for everything related to owning and registering my boat, the license fees, the hundreds of dollars spent every year for year long launch fees and state park permits all end up in a government agency that uses that money to pay those very same people their salaries. I don’t know what high horse you road in on but if you can’t fish from it you might want to trade him in for a boat.

  108. Jo dirt on April 11, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Part of the reason is the farmers are smart enough to buy their seed ahead of time. So you want to go to the gas station before you go fishing. Don’t forget to stop at the bait store and the sporting goods store and the gas station. Don’t forget to stop at the boat launch. Please don’t take your cell phone with you as if there’s an emergency while you’re out on the water it is your own fault for being there. No DNR sheriff or ambulance should bother showing up for you. They don’t need to risk their lives getting the Coronavirus. If you don’t care enough about your life and your family’s lives they shouldn’t care about them either.

    • Tom on April 11, 2020 at 3:17 pm

      You apparently don’t know how assistance on the water works. They throw you a rope (much longer than 6’) & tow you back to shore – not even close to a social distancing violation

    • Brian Wayne on April 12, 2020 at 8:17 am

      To cowardly to use your real name?

    • Richard on April 12, 2020 at 12:37 pm

      Your a idiot!

  109. Dave hempel on April 11, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    If she continues to go against the constitution she will be starting a revolution she wont be able to control

  110. Sean k on April 11, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Once again government controls, taking a foot while it only needs to take an inch. How ridiculous not to be able to use a Motorcraft on the water with your family during these moments, Only to be reminded of authority overstepping their bounds through executive order without clear justifiable reasoning, once again.

    • Ann Gonsler on April 11, 2020 at 11:23 pm

      Governor Whitner needs to think before she speaks. She’s asking michiganders to kayak and canoe at this time of the year. Water temperatures on the great lakes and most Inland Lakes are running at 50 degrees. If someone were to fall in there could be terrible consequences. You can just ask the Kennedy family as they just retrieve the bodies of their family members from Chesapeake Bay. I think boating is safer than canoeing at this time of the year think about it. Governor

  111. Sam Melven on April 11, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    If your grandmother is home alone for Easter and you are prohibited from seeing her and she passes this year just remember who stole your memory of her on her last Easter .

  112. Richard Crawford on April 11, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    When is enough enough? It’s obvious that this govenor is abusing her power! The number of cases were declining daily, so it’s clear that what we were doing was working. Why not stay the course and stress social distancing? It’s time for the legislature to revoke, if possible, the power they granted her to make such draconian decrees! And NEVER FORGET what she has done with that power! NEVER again vote to extend her authority!

    • DebA on April 11, 2020 at 8:33 pm

      Richard Crawford, Not sure where you got your statistics but the numbers in Michigan have recently doubled. People continue to ignore the distancing,even places of employment. People are dying and you might not (or might )die from this but consider your loved ones. Personally I think it will come to rewards offered for turning in those noncompliant. Scary thought!! Sounds like it is public boat launches that are at issue.So perhaps she will ammend and close those instead? She shouldnt have denied use of motor boats. People fish for food. Food is esential. I think reinforcing and stepping up the fines for people congragating and closing public launch sites where people have been caught failing to remain at a safe distance should have been considered and acted upon first. Penalizing all for the few that continue to disregard isnt fair!

    • Randy on April 11, 2020 at 8:36 pm

      I believe she just shot herself in the foot or any chance of re-election. Michigan having one of the largest watercraft registrations in the country. It’s ok to fuel the car but not the boat how ridiculous, how hard is it to limit the the number of boats at the ramps and for people that live on Michigan water ways totally unfair

    • Quit crying on April 12, 2020 at 4:53 pm

      Cry. Keep crying. Stay home. Think about who gets your gas and snacks while out in your boat.guaranteed 90% of you are not packing your lunch or have gas ready in your boat.a few days of being home with your family will be way better than spreading the disease that you don’t know you have.

    • Tom VanDeGriend on April 13, 2020 at 11:23 pm

      Please do what you can to help overturn this ASAP.
      Gretchen says she works on good science – We need more areas to spread out into for effective social distancing not less! We need the boat launches opened up and the right to use our boats to get out on the water!

    • Andrew Habich on April 14, 2020 at 12:55 am

      Gretchen should contact me. I can help her look less like an idiot. I’m a lifelong outdoor enthusiast. My outdoor recreational experiences range from hiking and biking to camping, backpacking and mountain climbing. Oh, and hunting and fishing for recreation and sustenances. So. It’s okay for me to pack my family into my truck and: hike, bike, kayak, canoe, fish from a tiny row boat, etc, but not my 20 ft boat with a motor. As a elementary teacher I help my students realize the difference between “common sense,” snap decisions,propaganda, etc. Gretchen is clearly either uniformed, lacks common sense, has political goals bigger and better than Michigan’s sportsmen or is dumb as a boot. I think she’s pretty bright, so common sense says she’s playing politics. Very disappointing from the gal that want to fix our damn southern Michigan roads with my Northern money. Be real Gretchen! Call me. I’ll talk to you in a civil manner, to help you get a clue to help Michigan. I’ll know you don’t care if you don’t call me.

    • Fred on April 15, 2020 at 8:07 am

      Wow. It’s going down becasuse of what she did. You are aware they are talking that we may have to do this for 18 months. Some say it will be 2022 before we are back to normal. What don’t you get about how deadly this illness is and how serious this situation is. She hasn’t done nearly enough in my opinon. It should be a total lockdown like China did. Its the only way to beat this illness. Typical entitled people only care about themselves and no one else.

  113. Kim on April 11, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    She should shut down the lottery, she seems to pick and choose with no logic. Obviously, the lottery makes to much money for her to shut that down.
    I am a loyal Democrat and she has yet to show me anything for me to vote for her again. Including her possible VP run.
    Kim Ellsworth

    • Glen Marohn on April 11, 2020 at 4:41 pm

      What do you expect from a new style democrat. They want to take away our rights and give everything to illegal immigrants including non prosecutions of illegal activity..leave us law abiding God fearing USA loving fisherman alone..by the way GM is still flying employees in groups of 20 to assembly plants..go figure.

    • J woods on April 11, 2020 at 6:14 pm

      Any lawyers here? Something has to be done.. beyond an obvious over reach this seems unconstitutional..

    • Daran Penney on April 11, 2020 at 6:53 pm

      Ssshhhh! Keep this a secret or the Gov will find a way to take it away as well. Don’t let her know that morale mushrooms will be popping soon. Ssshhhh!

      Daran Penney

    • frank on April 11, 2020 at 8:40 pm

      All she is doing is pissing everyone off, and you know that someone is not going to put up with her shit , she’s going to end up just like Abraham Lincoln, but he actually did something right, and still got shot.

    • Michael Costello on April 12, 2020 at 6:50 am

      I am a Vet. So not having freedom of movement , to fish buy guns or ammo is a slap in the face by this govenor.

    • Thomas Haley on April 12, 2020 at 10:17 am

      This is a governor that runs a government with a flip of a coin.She is total lost with how to handle thing.Trump even said she needed to wake up.I went out fishing a few times and never seen a issue with 6ft distance.It also seems like discrimination that I can’t fish out of a boat with a motor but you can fish out of a non motorized boat.Rethink your thought and reopen fishing.

    • Mark on April 12, 2020 at 10:37 am

      I would like for you fishermen and Fisher women out there to look the case of Maybury versus Madison I’m sure you will find it helpful

    • Dale Williams on April 12, 2020 at 11:19 am

      I will be on Burt Lake on maple bay the first day of walleye season. Just letting the governor and done ahead of time so they can gather their legal advisor as I will challenge this order in court. Respectfully, Dale Williams.

    • Dennis on April 13, 2020 at 6:53 am

      Now that’s the right attitude learn from your mistake

    • Randi on April 13, 2020 at 5:37 pm

      I mean it makes sense. Must be why liquor and lottery is still essential ‍♀️‍♀️

    • Greg M Schmid on April 13, 2020 at 8:17 pm

      Once again, Another mis informed, decision from Lansing affecting way to many true blooded Michiganders. Not boating/fishing in the spring, not being able to buy flowers and plants for our homes. Missing the mark with these over reaching orders. We are responsible Michiganders that can take the necessary precautions while boating and plant shopping under these difficult times without your help. Try fixing the states roads, web sites, on line services where you might have a better chance at winning some votes.

  114. Roger on April 11, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    I would like to know where in the executive order it says this because I can’t find it

  115. Kent Clayton on April 11, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    How far will we let our constitutional rights and rights as Michigan citizens be walked on and taken away before “we the people” stand up for our rights and not let the government take them away. This is ridiculous and huge over reach and abuse of government power. So glad I did not vote for this hag. She needs to go! We need to stand up to this.

  116. Juliana zuraiqat-parks on April 11, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    I think she is doing a wonderful job !!!

  117. James Adams on April 11, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    As a lawyer with undergrad degree in pre-med, and a MI boater for 59 years, not only is the powerboat ban unconstitutional, but the faster a powerboat moves, the more it would help LESSEN the risk for any occupants to contract the coronavirus by inhaling airborne respiratory droplets. Whitmer and Nessel are legal and science imbeciles.

  118. Michael Travers on April 11, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    SO I GUESS THAT ROADS , BEING OUTSIDE, ALONG WITH THE LAKES AND STREAMS, WE WON’T BE ABLE TO BE ON EITHER!

  119. Robin on April 11, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    This is totally uncalled for. Cant fish…basically alone….cant go to cabin….basically alone…both safer than going shopping at grocery stores. Cant do gardening…..buy paint for the house we are all stuck in…..SOS President Trump!!

  120. Adam Nothelfer on April 11, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    There is a need for a class action lawsuit against her and the state if legally possible and that is just for starters. These are draconian measures she has taken and some were out of spite against the sportsman and sportswomen of our great state and unconstitutional in my opinion. I also hope our legislative representatives are very aware of the amount of people they represent who feel this way as well.

  121. AP~ on April 11, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    I don’t fish… I really don’t understand it. Just wait for her ( and other politicians) to take credit when the hyped up numbers aren’t as inflated as they end up being…. ssshhhh wait for it…

  122. A. Yousef Melvindale on April 11, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    I think she is a wonderful governor and she will be a great President for the United States.
    But I think she she should adjust her boating and traveling between your own homes with in Michigan closure.
    She should reconsider and maybe limiting the number of individuals on a boat and ask residents to follow social distance when they to their vacation homes or cottages.

  123. David VanKley on April 11, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    Next Saturday i am supposed to hunt Turkey….i will not go buy a tag….screw the state of Michigan

  124. Kris on April 11, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    Kevin, I was looking forward to boating! I was. However your comment makes no sense, as cancer is not contagious.

  125. Dave Peterson on April 11, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Oh please, let’s stop whining because we can’t use boats with motors. People are dying and losing their livelihoods. Let’s unite and stop this thing.

  126. robert on April 11, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    very upset with our governor and the way she is handling this. punish those that are doin wrong and leave the rest of us alone.

  127. Mike Stanz on April 11, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    When are you Michigan Democrat’s going to learn. Your party is no more. Remember Reagan, “ I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, they left me.” The party today is an operative of the radical left. Didn’t you have enough of mole lady? Weren’t you blown away? Whitmer is much worse. Wake up because these people won’t rest until their Socialist agenda is realized. The only choice is to vote all Democrats out of office.

  128. Clayton Schmidt on April 11, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    I recently retired after over 30 years of military service and another 10 of federal service. I also just beat stage 4 cancer and was really looking forward to getting on the water. Thanks for nothing Gretchen! And by the way now your telling me I can’t purchase gardening supplies either. Please tell me what either of these have to do with the virus. I see the weed shops are open so I guess I can start smoking dope. I noticed you didn’t close the abortion clinics either. I thought you wanted to save lives. Both of the last two places mentioned would have a lot more traffic than the middle of the lake!!

  129. Sherrel Curtis on April 11, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    I guess it must be the site. I have never heard and seen so many whiny men, including my son. If stopping you from congregating at one boat launch saves a life, your fishing season cut short, is worth it. GROW UP!

  130. Lisa richards on April 11, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    For c rist sa k es people it’s a couple weeks people are dying Do You Get It. The governor is trying to save lives not your fishing season. Hello!

  131. David dumbass on April 11, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    It only takes a few to mess it up for everyone. You can’t tell me you haven’t seen stupid people piling up since This real deadly virus started up. This is only until the end of the month. This virus is would wide. Nothing like this has happened in anybody’s life time. To cope with this is new to everyone. Great people are putting there lives at stake to help and a lot are dying. This is very real. Stop being so selfish and thinking only of yourself. Back off and stay safe at home.

  132. Tony on April 11, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    She just just signed her fate as she will in no way get re-Elected after this stunt. It does not matter what side of the isle you are on. When you mess with the Michiganders Outdoor activities it affects all alike. She obviously does not understand the majority of the michigan people.

  133. Michael briggs on April 11, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    The constitution of the United States invalidates this order and making the whole order in lawful so good luck enforcing it
    No state laws can contradict the rights given to the people in the constitution of the United States

  134. Lloyd Johnson on April 11, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    So glad she is not the governor of Ohio. I do fish Michigan waters and I surely hope you can get this straightened out!

  135. DebA on April 11, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    I think you all are right. She shouldnt have denied use of motor boats. I think reinforcing and stepping up the fines for people congragating and closing public launch sites where people have been caught failing to remain at a safe distance should have been considered and acted upon first. Penalizing all for the few that continue to disregard isnt fair! After all some folks already have their boats in the water.
    Stay safe,!

  136. Zorro on April 11, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    Whitmer thinks she is GOD! WHERE DOES SHE GET OFF DOING ALL THIS….WE ARE STILL A FREE COUNTRY AND SHE IS TRYING TO TAKE OUR RIGHTS AWAY!
    SHE NEEDS TO BE RECALLED. AND REMOVED FROM OFFICE ASAP BEFORE SHE DESTROYS MICHIGAN MORE THEN SHE HAS DONE NOW!

  137. I scalzo on April 11, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Unbelievable comments from this group. I just lost respect for the MUCC. Selfish human beings you all are.

    If any of you had any clue about the situation or experienced it first-hand, or lost a loved one to covid 19, then you would be willing to make this small sacrifice. It won’t be forever.

    Whitmer is doing this for your own good —- to control the situation and minimize stress on the health care system.

    Think about this:Boats need gas. Fishing and hunting need licenses, Then you’re going to want food and drink. Then you’re going to want your friends to come. Public Fishing stations and bathrooms would get used and they would have to be stocked and cleaned. Trash would need to be emptied. Then you’re gonna need supplies Or something to fix your boat. Does anyone see it yet—the pattern Of potential contamination and spreading of the virus? Get over yourselves and relax…..

  138. thomas e. davis on April 11, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    wanna bet???? lmao

  139. thomas e. davis on April 11, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    you cant buy potting soil though….i tried……………was told it wasnt essential???

    WGASA!

  140. brad thornburgh on April 11, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    she got every one thinking fishing and boating was ok.so people that normally dont fish gone and got a license and thought they could take there family out to get them out of the house.and i do agree with the whole thing about you cant have anyone outside your household with you.i stoped taking my girlfriend fishing i was fine with that.but now that fishing license are up bam she cuts it off.o i am going to add this her and her husband like to go kayaking

  141. Love my peninsulas on April 11, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    If you live on a busy lake you see every year people connecting their pontoons and partying all day and all night. They congragate at islands together and beaches. Who is to say that this will stop if this order is lifted for fishing use. We all already know that we do not have enough DNR officers to deploy to watch all of these places in every county. Maybe that is why this new order is now in play.

  142. Ic clearly on April 11, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    This is insane and I rarely fish. Enforce distancing so it’s safe to launch. Anything beyond that is way past necessary and ignorant. I already can’t play golf even though booking online by appointment only would solve any issues. I already feel like I’m playing frogger just going for a walk on a nice day because everyone else is out too because it’s illegal to do almost anything else.

  143. Brian Herbert on April 11, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    The governor’s logic is flawed and bias. How is a boat with a motor different than an ORV driving a trail. Both need gasoline and parts, and use a boat launch or ORV trailhead. I support both boating and ORVs. The governor is exercising her new found powers arbitrarily.

  144. Dan Hooker on April 11, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Ok folks…4-20-20….everyone take put your boats….be polite but be brave…we are Americans

  145. byron methner on April 11, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Thiswoman needs to be impeached and removed from office NOW

  146. Tracy Hengel on April 11, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Send your thoughts to the governor. Use the official link below.

    https://somgovweb.state.mi.us/GovRelations/ShareOpinion.aspx

  147. mike cook on April 11, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    This is an example of a politician who loves every opportunity to exercise authority granted them by citizens to the fullest possible extent. It’s an abuse of power and demonstrates the governor’s disregard for citizens’s basic liberty in favor of serving her political ideology and ego. The governor is intelligent but radically lacking in wisdom and common sense.

  148. Kel priest on April 12, 2020 at 12:17 am

    My husband is disabled the only way he can fish is in a motorized boat. I don’t understand what the boat having an engine has to do with anything. You can go have fun sailing, canoeing and kayaking but not if you have an engine to assist you in getting there.

  149. George McTavich on April 12, 2020 at 12:33 am

    She must be a Cityit, she has no clue what goes on outside of city limits. What about the Do Nothing Right people, giving out crop damage permits in may and June. Drop fawns and BOOM down goes MaMa. Send them all a message don’t buy license of any kind this year

  150. Gary on April 12, 2020 at 6:20 am

    Absolutely ridiculous. What she chooses to allow and not allow makes no sense. I live on a lake and have a boat in front of my house but you mean to tell me filling a 5 gallon jug of gas when I’m filling my car is more dangerous than going to Meier with hundreds of people around me.

    I feel for the nurseries and greenhouses losing money during their very short season. A clear abuse of her powers in my opinion.

  151. William R Zaremba on April 12, 2020 at 6:57 am

    Fishing is a stress relief that at this time we all need . Fishing also puts food on the table for our families. Then the Gov goes one further and you can’t even plant a garden. What is going to be done ??? Something has to give a little !!

  152. Brian Wayne on April 12, 2020 at 8:13 am

    I suggest a class action suit to recover loss of use of our fishing licences. Even before social distancing it is rare to be within 6′ of others while launching my boat. Also there is no reason I cant put my son (from a separate household, i’m 61 & live alone) in the front seat of my open aluminum boat. were 10 feet apart and can drive separate. I’m much safer on the water than standing on shore which will be lined every 6′ with people who cant use their boats. It also requires a lot more driving to get to a place where it is practical to fish from shore. I have access to a private lake an if governor wit-less thinks she will keep me off she is wrong. I live where I do so I can fish. I can launch my boat and stay 6′ from anyone else even at places with multiple ramps. Its the norm to give each other room. Punish the violates not the masses. Too bad you have to go door to door to get signatures for a recall election. Yesterday the DNR told my son they are not enforcing in the area he was at, “enjoy your fishing trip”. It will depend on weather the local dnr Office and officer think the law is legal or reasonable. (Certainly not on the great lakes and tributaries She has no authority) When you make laws that people know are BS people will start to distrust the others. Interesting she waited till this years licences were sold to instate this rule.

  153. Stefanovich on April 12, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Remember comrads she wanted a 70 day extension.

  154. H Vander Meulen on April 12, 2020 at 8:46 am

    I paid nearly $3000.00 to have my boat at a marina and I cannot put it in to bring it to the slip I paid for

  155. Furious we have incompetent Governor in Michigan on April 12, 2020 at 8:46 am

    Gov Whitmer is no longer respected or trusted in Michigan . She continues to lie to the people and and change the rules of the orders weekly. She does not care about one single person in this State like she claims. SHe needs to be impeached and kicked out of politic for life. She abuses her power and if Biden uses her as a running mate for VP he does not stand a chance in H$?!! at being elected. Gov Whitmer should of focused all her attention on the highly hit Detroit area, but it goes to show she does not care about those people dying . Governor Whitmer should be at those hospitals in Detroit visiting those doctors and nurses on seeing what they need instead of sitting in her quarantined office with no mask on thinking of how can I screw the people of Michigan again. She cannot run a state she could never run a country. trump will be re-elected hands down because what this Democrat-ed Governor has done to Michigan. Every State in the United State will know how she ruined the State of Michigan in a matter of a couple months… This is what happens when we elect a female power hungry Demo who is out for herself…SHe could careless what anyone says because she is just like Nancy Pelosi does not care for anyone self absorbed

  156. John on April 12, 2020 at 8:49 am

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    Had a great day Walleye fishing on the bay with my son 4/11 caught some nice fish and we were greeted by the States DNR at the launch. All 10 of THEM! Absolutely ridiculous! They went as far to say we can’t even have someone that doesn’t live at the same household in my TRUCK! Came across a Sgt at the dock that felt the need to insult me in front of my son. True professional!
    Many thanks to the Governor and DNR for cracking down on us criminals! I want my $26 back!

  157. Rose Bronikowski on April 12, 2020 at 9:01 am

    Sweden has not shut down, they have everything open, restaurants, schools, work places, no masks and no gloves. Only limited gatherings to 50 and told people over 70 to stay home as much as possible. Out of 9 million or so people, as of yesterday, a little over 700 deaths. They are going for herd immunity which will work. These actions by our governor is all about control. Deaths from the flu occur more in winter because people’s immune system is down, no sun so low vitamin D3, no dark green vegetables eaten so no vitaminA and no fresh fruit so no vitamin C. By the way, IV infusions of vitamin C cures this SARScovid2 just as it does the flu. SARScovid1 came around in 2003 and killed 80 THOUSAND PEOPLE IN THE U.S.! Did anyone hear about that? The reason they are not using it’s real name, SARScovid2, (it is 70% SARScovid1), to prevent that it is totally knew and unknown so they can scare everyone more! They put us into the Green New Deal ( no planes, no travel, almost no trucks on the road so shortages in grocery stores). This is what they want forever! Wake up! They want MANADORY VACCINATIONS AND A CHIP UNDER YOUR SKIN TO PROVE IT AND IF NO CHIP, NO JOB, NO DRIVING LICENSE, ETC! Wake up!

  158. Furious we have incompetent Governor in Michigan on April 12, 2020 at 9:02 am

    Michgan will not forget what she has done to this state. She needs to straighten her terra crown and get out of politics. People do not like liars and abuse of authority . She lied her way in as Governor now the people need to get her out now before she bankrupts the state. If the STATE REPRESENTATIVES Debbie Stabenow Gary Peters do not take care of her then they are doing the same thing she is…lying to the people of this state. Every single person in this state should email them and force them to do their jobs. If they cannot do their jobs then we need to vote for new ones. Write the president and the house and make it public news whats going on in Michigan.
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  159. Rose Bronikowski on April 12, 2020 at 9:05 am

    Good luck posypting anything on this site. It is censored

  160. Roger Norris on April 12, 2020 at 9:13 am

    I live on the water, my boat is floating with a full tank of gas. I will not comply. See you in court.

  161. Dale Kearns on April 12, 2020 at 9:31 am

    Whitmer is trying to show power so biden picks her which he will. Socialist agenda trying to take our rights one by one.

  162. Aric shoo on April 12, 2020 at 9:38 am

    I’ll tell you what this is all about. Please read this and see if my prediction comes true.. The govenner is prepareing us unknowingly to the people. To lead us into part of green deal agenda by setting this boating rule up to test to see how it goes to use it agentest us in the future. Now i have to put in my name and email addres to submit this. Certanly this will be used agenst me in yhr future.

  163. Jeff on April 12, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Get rid of the governor n all the ppl that work for her n get rid of the DNR up there in Michigan… They’ve all been ruining hunting n fishing for many many years… I know ppl that were avid hunters that don’t hunt there anymore.. n it’s prolly gonna be the same for fishing soon… Plus the prices for y’all’s tags r over priced… He’ll I pay $60 for 2 mule deer tags 5 whitetail tags 4 turkey tags, salt water fishing, fresh water fishing, n one oversized red drum… All for $60… Ya’lls government up there has been ruining lives up there for yrs n yrs… If I CLD id move all my family members out of Michigan to a way better state for hunting n fishing…

  164. Dan on April 12, 2020 at 9:56 am

    Sailboats have and use motors. This is solely directed at anglers.

  165. Todd Wilde on April 12, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Need to find a balance between protecting the people and getting back to somewhat of a normal life which includes getting back to work along with taking sanitary precautions. Governor has gone too far! Recall Whitmer! Sign the petition and be at the protest in Lansing on Wednesday, April 15 at noon.

  166. Rebecca Davis on April 12, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Next thing she will try to dip into the DNR funds which she can’t touch. Please watch out for that.

  167. Thomas Haley on April 12, 2020 at 10:14 am

    This is a governor that runs a government with a flip of a coin.She is total lost with how to handle thing.Trump even said she needed to wake up.I went out fishing a few times and never seen a issue with 6ft distance.It also seems like discrimination that I can’t fish out of a boat with a motor but you can fish out of a non motorized boat.Rethink your thought and reopen fishing.

  168. Mark on April 12, 2020 at 10:35 am

    I would like for you fishermen and Fisher women out there to look the case of Maybury versus Madison I’m sure you will find it helpful

  169. Green on April 12, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Wow, shouldn’t she have also outlawed use of cars, motorcycles, bikes, etc? Fits into the exact same unlogical logic used for boats.

  170. Bonnie Dietrich on April 12, 2020 at 10:53 am

    This is against our Constitutional Rights!!!! I purchased my fishing license online, dug up my own worms and now my husband and I cannot catch our own food? We have been social distancing, only going to the grocery store when necessary (with a mask), I have been watching mass online, haven’t been able to hold my first grandchild in about a month and now yet another right has been taken away. This was the last straw and I just went online to sign the petition to impeach Governor Gretchen Whitmer! Change.org if anyone else would like to take a stand for our rights!

  171. byron k methner on April 12, 2020 at 10:54 am

    Heres a novel idea.Go fishing and do the social distancing.If you get ticketes go to court and plead not guilty and produce your boater registration a valid fishing licence and proof of insurance.When you get to the judge demand a jury trial.Can you imagine the backlog in the courts.That may send the bimbo in lansinga clear message,

  172. Michael Nelson on April 12, 2020 at 11:15 am

    How about putting some people to work at these boat launches watching for anti social distancing behavior. They want to put people back to work so pay them somehow. They could even sanitize the launch each time somebody goes out if they deemed that necessary. Just saying. There’s ways around all this just use our imagination and we can get this done.

  173. Cindy Justice on April 12, 2020 at 11:22 am

    I want my fishing money back that I spent on license you let me buy them and then you turn around and say I can’t go fishing I’m an old person I can’t go canoeing and kayaking and I don’t have the money to buy a sailboat you’re stupid I stay home I don’t go nowhere all I do is good to go fishing and you took that away

  174. Kevin VanDam on April 12, 2020 at 11:27 am

    I just upped to be a life member. It’s times like this we need conservation organizations like MUCC to have a unified voice. Conservation is the foundation for good fishing and hunting to be sustainable. The North American Conservation model which is driven by hunters and fisherman is greatest on the planet. We are blessed with 11,000 lakes, thousands of miles of rivers and streams, and the Great Lakes surrounding most of the state. I believe we can still enjoy the outdoors safely with your family during these challenging times by using common sense and practicing social distancing. Being in the woods or on the water has many benefits both physically and mentally.

  175. Mike on April 12, 2020 at 11:37 am

    I can understand being in a boat with only members of your own household but this order goes too far. Ticket those not following the rules but there’s no reason for punishing those that might go fishing alone, with their spouse, or with their children.

  176. Brian Wayne on April 12, 2020 at 11:47 am

    The governors order itself says nothing about motorboats. That statement is covered in the FAQs page.
    That page is the opinion on some undisclosed person.
    Who is this person?
    When did their opinion become law?
    The laws made by the legislature are statutory law.
    Regarding opinions; I believe only court opinions are law in Michigan- case law.
    I do not believe this opinion is law an therefore do not believe it is enforceable.

    If it is permissible i would like to setup and list an email to collect info from those who would like to file a class action suit in Michigan. Changing the rules right after new licence sales went into effect was probably planned.
    I will be happy to seek an attorney to file a class action suit for a partial refund for our licence fees.
    I can not file alone. Who will join me?

  177. Jody Lake on April 12, 2020 at 11:49 am

    I cant wait until her office opens tomorrow. 517-373-3400. I’ll be calling. You should too.

  178. Brian Smith on April 12, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Paid for a fishing license and bought a launch sticker now I can’t use either. Shame on the DNR for backing our socialist agenda minded Governor. She never got my vote from the start. Everyone should just go and launch our boats. In numbers there is strength.

  179. Ubu67 buy American. on April 12, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    Myself as a seasonal boat I’m appalled that this woman has the right to pick and what is written into a E.O… I say it’s a free for all there letting people out of jail for the corona.. what are the chances of going to jail.

  180. Denny steele on April 12, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    No fishing with motorized boats. No paint and lawn supplies. What’s wrong with doing home improvements while home. All of the above give people something to keep busy. Governor has no idea how the average person lives. All she thinks about is ways to control the people. I’m not really a political person but this governor see nothing but power during this crisis.

  181. P Sanford on April 12, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    It is sad that I cannot take my young boys out fishing on the local lake where we had a getaway from all this virus lockdown. I do feel and pray for those who have the virus and for those people who have lost a loved one. 85% of this is over in the SE part of the state however. Whitmer did not need to shut the whole state down. Most of us were obeying the rules. Shut some vulnerable launches down and ticket those not obeying the rules. So mad about this. She didn’t get a vote from me first time around and she wont be this time either. The SOS is terrible too!

  182. Anthony L Maldonado on April 12, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    Hmmm I sail so I am assuming i can take out a 27 to 34 ft sailboat. I guess I will be docking under sail lile Captain Ron. Should be epic. Some real hold my beer and watch this stuff.
    It is getting crazier by the day. Detroit is an International border and the Great Lakes lead out to the ocean. Can’t spread Covid 19 in the middle of the ocean by youself now can you.

  183. Charles Sawdy on April 12, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    What I want to hear is why No Gas or electric motors are being permitted this would have nothing to do with spreading this virus but gas motors would impact the carbon foot print in michigan during this stay at home order. Their goal is to reduce emissions by taking away your right to freedom There at times that there are as many boats on the water as there are cars on the roads. This goes higher than the state government.. Think about it all non essential means of transportation are being hit including the shipping industries on the big oceans. Anything that’s producing greenhouse gasses is at an Idle with the exception of essential workers such as semi trucks and box trucks.

    Our freedoms are being taken away one at a time this is just like Martial Law !!!

  184. rich on April 12, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    Ok over reach!!!!! By who whitmer’s order !!!! i see no where in this order that says i can sail boart or i can not use a motor boat,this is DNR overreach and abuse!!!! Also,show me where i can sail and then show me where i can not motor boat in whitmer’s order !!!!!!! Wake up michigan

  185. Jim on April 12, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    I live in Indiana. I can still go fish in my boat. Maybe next election you will think twice about who you put in office. We have a republican governor

  186. John Moss on April 12, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    Can you say MARSHALL LAW!!×

  187. Dave Smith on April 12, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Socialism seems to be seeping into our society…all for one and one for all? Isn’t this a discriminatory order as it is unfairly punishing outdoorspeople and those that have worked hard to enjoy the water? A virus would have a hard time finding me when I am alone on the water but we might as well ruin the entire economy equally so that the Government will be the only provider left standing. I only wish that the Governor is tapped as the vice presidential candidate…having her in Michigan less might prove to be less arbitrary and damaging.

  188. Vicky Morse on April 12, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Very good point. I did not know about that ruling. I haven’t fished on any of the Great Lakes in a very long time. So I wouldn’t keep up with any. But my neighbor does and he may already know about it.

  189. Sam Snead on April 12, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    The explanation is motors use gas. So banning them keeps owners from traveling to the gas station. My thoughts are the DNR didn’t feel like messing with the boat ramps so they took the easy way out by banning motored boats. Threw the baby out with the bath water. They could have put an employee at busy ramps keeping a safe distance away from boaters as they managed a few boats at a time to launch. Obviously this would require all others to stay in their cars until it’s their turn. Lazy bureaucrats.

  190. Beauford T. on April 12, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Vote for pot and here’s what we got. Elections have consequences.

  191. Quit crying on April 12, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Cry. Keep crying. Stay home. Think about who gets your gas and snacks while out in your boat.guaranteed 90% of you are not packing your lunch or have gas ready in your boat.a few days of being home with your family will be way better than spreading the disease that you don’t know you have.

  192. JIMMY MCCUTCHEON on April 12, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Since I can’t launch my boat now, guess I’ll take my rc boat so the launch is being used. Oh wait if she reads this that will be taken away also. Hope she is being watched closely for even the most minute infraction. Hey law enforcement help us out. Watch for those sail boat motors.

  193. Thinking Allowed on April 12, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    If you want to do the whole boating, jet ski, fishing, water ski thing, have at it. Just don’t call 911 if you have an accident. Enjoy your freedom; just remember other people have the freedom not to serve you. Oh, wait . . .
    The majority of these comments are about “me, me, me” with no respect to the front-line people. I say create an EO that prohibits first responders from serving your sorry asses. Have at it. Take care of each other if you need help. Don’t show up at a gov’t office or an ED if you need assistance. My family is serving you idiots. Literally, they are risking their own health and potentially their lives. And yes, Kim, they should stop selling lottery tickets because those asshats are too stupid to keep their social distance from the clerk taking their money. But rights. And money. MUCC has gotten this wrong for so many reasons and most of you people are only thinking of yourselves. See Jo Dirt’s comments. He gets it.

  194. Joe Prantera on April 12, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    Worst govenor in mich history

  195. Erik French on April 12, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Let’s shut the boat launches down but still keep elections going we’re more people show up to vote then there ever could be on a lake that takes brains

  196. Geei Ford on April 12, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    I get it. The last time I went on a boat, there were congregations of people in the parking lots, washrooms and launch areas.
    If you’re not taking a rowboat off your personal dock, it could be a violation of personal space and against the order.
    Not letting people purchase plants and paint to keep occupied while at home, though. Let’s talk about that.

  197. Steve Mapes Long Lake, Dowling Mi. on April 12, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    I live on a small public lake ( 85 acres ). My pontoon is moored to my dock in front of my house. My immediate family that live here together taking a boat ride around the lake is practicing social distancing as we don’t interact with anyone else. Gov. Whitless needs a crash course in common sense. I want a prorated refund for the time the state is restricting me from use of my boat. Democrap libtard lunatic need to be recalled or impeached. JS. SMDH

  198. LOU on April 12, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    I AM FISHING!!! I WILL TAKE THE TICKET AND ARGUE IT IN COURT. IF EVERYONE DID THIS THERE MIGHT BE A CHANGE TO THIS LAW AFTER 5000 TICKETS AND COURT CASES AT THE SAME TIME. THE RIGHT OF ALL OF US TO USE OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM.

  199. Kurt D Formiller on April 12, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    Write tickets to those that dont comply with distance laws but let those following the rules get back to the outdoor activities we live for in Michigan. I understand boating with household members or Solo only and social distancing while on docks and boat ramps. Motor boating banned is only the beginning I’m afraid with this Gov. Trying to make a name around country for political gains and possible VP run .just saying .

  200. Ryan on April 12, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    I live in the state of Indiana and was told today the lake Michigan waters are off limits by Michigan DNR. How is this right? So does this mean I can’t use my smaller boat in the St Joe river on the Indiana side? And why can I not use my electric trolling motor on Michigan’s finest lakes? My mother lives on a lake in Michigan and owns a pontoon and she can’t enjoy her boat? Don’t sail boats use a motor to get out of Port? Your governor Halfwhitt must own a sail boat. Sorry Michiganders but us Hoosiers are feeling the effects of ignorance.

  201. Fish Hunter on April 12, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    I am laid off and have yet to receive my first unenjoyment check.

    Seeing that I can’t use my boat for fishing, how does she propose I feed my family ?

    Will she jail me if I need to steal food to feed them?

    She will be the direct cause if my actions as it was her ignorant choice to ban motorized boats.

    Plain and simple, she is using the Covid platform as a period of dictatorship.

  202. Blaine Zeigler on April 12, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty
    -Thomas Jefferson

  203. Neil on April 12, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    A gentleman down in Detroit was protesting at an abortion clinic last week and the Detroit police wrote him a citation for $1000 for disobeying the governors order but a civil rights lawyer filled suit with the governor and the governor had to concede that protesting is a first amendment right and she can’t stop it as long as people are 6 ft apart and the Detroit police voided the ticket. So I would say that if you want to use your boat do it and if anyone says you are violating the governors order just tell them you are exercising your first amendment rights and protesting the governors order. If you want to look the storie up it’s in the Detroit News.

  204. Jake on April 12, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    It’s bs I just purchased a new boat and got my license etc and now I can’t even use the boat and if I do I get a fine sick of the governer she has no clue how to run anything

  205. Howard HERMAN on April 13, 2020 at 8:55 am

    Over a half a million hard working VOTING Michiganders have been told you can go boating forget we took you’re money for tags no boating ,but pot stores are open …..hey govenor get you’re resume ready again you side against the people of our great hunting and fishing state

  206. Keary Sawyer on April 13, 2020 at 9:07 am

    EO 2020-42 section7 ( a)( 1) does not expressly prohibit the use of motorized vessels nor does it expressly permit the use of sailboats. I am not aware of any administrative regulations enacted by the DNR or MSP or any other agency under the authority of this Order. If that’s the case, it’s only from the Michigan.gov website QA section where some bureaucrat decided that should be included.

  207. John on April 13, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Below is the most publicized recall notice for Gov. Whitmer.

    http://www.change.org/p/michigan-state-house-impeach-governor-whitmer

    She has considered as “non-essential” things like books and toys (we parents highly desire these to busy our kids while we work remotely), garden supplies (like soil, fertilizer, lawn mowers), household items (like toasters, paint, light bulbs), paint and other things to do home projects, and yes, no motor boats, jet skis, or other “fun” stuff (which many people want to get their kids off of video games)

    Yet, she has left as “essential” things like alcohol & candy.

    She has marked as non-essential garden supplies, so those with home gardens or small farm plots are hurting as this is the time to do get stuff in the ground!
    She has made it illegal to have lawn maintenance companies mow your lawn, yet you will still get ticketed for not having your lawn maintained, yet you cannot buy your own lawnmower to even do so yourself (and many elderly cannot do so anyhow). So, you get in trouble either way — either way the government gets income via fines.

    Police are closing local businesses for not cordoning off aisles containing “non-essential” items.
    Police are somewhat abusing their power by going under-cover to try to trick business owners into selling them things that Gov. Whitmer has deemed “non-essential,” things you may actually need, like headphones and a webcam for doing a video conference for work, or a replacement mouse, things that make sense to the normal person as a necessity to function in life. I had an checkout person struggling with herself as to whether or not I could buy bug spray.

    If you business has a leaking pipe, you can get a $1000 ticket for having someone, or yourself, go in to the office. And the owner can even be jailed for having someone go in at all.

    This is all a grand overreach and abuse of power.

  208. Rob Gulley on April 13, 2020 at 11:27 am

    The governor’s position is currently a tough one. I support her executive order and her administration’s strategies to combat the spread of coronavirus. Everyday I look at my two fishing boats in my back yard with the winter covers still on and you know what? I don’t get mad the governor, I get sad that we’re in this mess because of the spread of a virus. Oh well. On the bright side, I think I have time to redo all the electrical in my 16’…

  209. Jane Chavalia on April 13, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    I think this is the wrost thing that could happened to Manistee we rely on fishing for economic livelihoods.

  210. Rob Q on April 13, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    I guest’s easier to go after our ability to hunt and fish than to go after our guns. Oops! All the gun clubs and ranges are closed down under her order. None of them [as small volunteer operated organizations] are willing to risk opening up under the authority of the president’s order establishing them as critical infrastructure for fear of her wrath. Most small local gun shops have closed too for the same reason.

    The only good news I’ve heard lately is that over 150K people have signed recall petitions in the first 24 hours since this stupid order was published. Where can I sign up??

  211. Larry Pline on April 13, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    No common sense. Governor Whitmer going on a power trip and taking away our freedoms and rights. Typical liberal thinking they know best for all of us. Concentrate on problem areas and leave the rest alone. I too will be looking for a prorated refund of boat registration and fishing license. Larry Pline

  212. Brad on April 13, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    Remember this in 2022!

  213. Mark on April 13, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    MUCC, Please help us get our boating rights bask, Boating motorless or with a motor still can be done with social distancing. They still travel buy gas or snacks, I can be alone in my boat the processes are the same people can still need rescue in a kayak or canoe!

  214. Tom Zick on April 13, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    I have fished Michigan’s lakes for 67 years and I will not let this covid19 stop me from doing that. I live on a small private lake in the UP and once the ice is gone will fish like I have for years. This governor has no clue. Marijuana and lottery tickets are legal and boating and tomato plants are illegal. She has her priorities screwed up. Time to recall her before she really screws up our State.

  215. Charles Williams on April 13, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    This is why you Never, Ever, vote for a Democrat!!

  216. Roger Bearup on April 13, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    She needs to be recalled / voted out. She will destroy everything that doesn’t align with her liberal views and her obvious lack of common sense, such as …..Hunting, Fishing, Camping, Shooting etc…etc…etc.

  217. gary noblit on April 13, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Never met a serious liberal that didn’t want to tell me how to live.60% of my protein comes from venison and fish that I pursue year around.If banning fishing with a motor isn’t a lust for power I’ve never heard one.This scenario is so far beyond “for the public good” it is unreal that a Govenor could conjure such ignorance. She must be trying to figure what freedom to take next and still call it law. Outrageous !!!!

  218. RICKY G on April 13, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    another STATE granted recreational Activity going by the (short term ) wayside ! BOO . our JENNIFER (cute dimple) wouldn’t done this to fishermenz ****

  219. Bill Brasky on April 13, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Wow. Sad sad sad. I can’t tell if I’m reading children grounded for a week or grown adults? Me me me me me me me me me me me me me me me me me me me me me me me me. Our founding fathers would be ashamed of what this selfish, greed and and ego driven Country has become. Take a look in the mirror, you’ll be ok…. This too shall pass.

  220. Jon S. on April 13, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    I’ve read many of the comments posted here and the resonating theme is that Comrade Whitmer has overstepped her bounds. What I believe the majority of Michiganders are missing is that it’s ALL politics. Everything Whitmer does is designed to grab the national spotlight for one purpose, either to become the Democratic (I prefer to regard them all as Socialists) VP running mate with Stroker Joe Biden and/or run for President in 2024.
    Comrade Whitmer’s shameless attempts of personal aggrandizement by tagging herself “That woman from Michigan” is political as well as narcissistic.
    Our only course of action to her absurdity is to ask the court for injunctions to stay these Executive Orders.
    My suggestion to anyone who receives a citation for putting a motorized boat in the water, is to fight it in court as unconstitutional, even if it needs to be appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court.
    The ballot box isn’t the only way to be heard.

  221. Richard on April 14, 2020 at 5:53 am

    Are you completely stupid? If my boat is hooked to my truck, get out of my way. I’m going fishing. It takes me less than 5 minutes to launch my boat and the last thing i want to do is stand around jaw Jacking with anyone. I’m just like that farmer that baught the seeds ahead of time. I am prepared. And you are dam straight I’m taking my cell phone because the cost for everything related to owning and registering my boat, the license fees, the hundreds of dollars spent every year for year long launch fees and state park permits all end up in a government agency that uses that money to pay those very same people their salaries. I don’t know what high horse you road in on but if you can’t fish from it you might want to trade him in for a boat.

  222. Howard on April 14, 2020 at 7:02 am

    We can all fix this at voting time!

  223. Bud miller on April 14, 2020 at 7:56 am

    Whither has shown Michigan her true colors,and they are not red white and blue!

  224. PAPPYON on April 14, 2020 at 7:58 am

    YOU GET WHAT YOU ELECTED

  225. Erik Huebner on April 14, 2020 at 8:40 am

    But you buy a lotto ticket to support her agenda. One term PLEASE!!!

  226. Jonathan Wiggs on April 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Yesterday she accused us of “playing loose with the rules” Playing? Nah we’re not playing games here!

  227. Pat on April 14, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    I hear a recall petition is available on line to sign. Hopefully it leads to an impeachment vote.

  228. Larry Shroyer on April 15, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    I can’t believe this is happening. I have been waiting to get out on the lake alone to get out of the house. We have have a lot of small lakes which there is never another person at the launches which does not create a problem for anyone. Let us get out and enjoy ourselves even if we have to wear a mask until we get out on the lake. I am 82 years old and fished since I was probably 3 and just want to say this is completely out of order as long as we use social distancing. (just common sense)

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