“Hunters Helping Landowners” bill passes Senate
A bill that would create a volunteer program to connect hunters and private land owners has passed the Michigan Senate.
Senate Bill 717, sponsored by Sen. John Proos, asks the DNR to create a “Hunters Helping Landowners Program” that aims to connect land owners, notably farmers, that have property damage issues due to wildlife with local hunters who were willing to help them take care of the problem.
While a voluntary program, willing hunters could contact the department and tell them which counties they would be interested in hunting. Land owners with wildlife damage issues could then contact the department for the list of interested hunters in their area.
MUCC supported the concept of this bill in committee, but will continue to follow the bill through the remaining legislative process.
For more information on the bill, including a legislative analysis, click here.