Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Found in Michigan

  LANSING—Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials announced today that they have found Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a Meridian Township deer. The fatal neurological disease is transmitted among cervids (like deer and elk) through saliva and other fluids in deer and causes them to become emaciated and display odd behavior before succumbing to…

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Invasive Species – European Frog Bit

It’s 2015, and we’re still removing European frog-bit by hand. This aquatic invasive species was brought over from Asia and Europe as an ornamental pond plant in 1932. In 1939, this species planned its escape from the Arboretum of the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa where it was commercially grown. It crept down through Ottawa…

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Wildlife Wednesday: It’s Beech Season for Beech Bark Disease

Two of Michigan’s mast-producing trees are being impacted by disease. Mast producing trees are essential to wildlife as they provide a primary food source in the form of nuts, seeds, buds, or fruits.  I previously posted a blog about oak wilt disease affecting red oak, which is still in the critical period of susceptibility until…

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Invasive Species – Parrot Feather

Despite its label as a prohibited species in Michigan, parrot feather was recently spotted in the southeastern Lower Peninsula. This aquatic invasive species is closely related to the all-too-familiar Eurasian Water Milfoil that is found scattered throughout Michigan’s lakes. Parrot feather plants trace their origin to the banks of the Amazon River in South America….

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Wildlife Wednesday: Michigan Programs Work Toward National Goals

Reading Outdoor Life’s account of the fifteen resolutions for the new National Deer Alliance to come out of last week’s North American Deer Summit in Louisville, it’s encouraging to see that hunters and hunting advocates in Michigan are already working on some of them. Click here to read the full list of National Deer Alliance…

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The Opener: Fishing for Plastic

There has been a recent increase in awareness of a potentially detrimental ecological problem caused by products that many people use every day. The problem is microbeads, and scientists are becoming worried about their adverse effects on fisheries and wildlife, ecosystems, and the environment. Although there has recently been greater awareness of this problem, Michigan…

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DNR Creates State Game Area Blue Ribbon Panel

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently announced the formation of a Blue Ribbon Advisory Group to independently review state game areas. DNR Director Keith Creagh made the announcement at Thursday’s meeting of the Natural Resources Commission in Lansing. State game areas are important public land areas owned by the state of Michigan, providing residents…

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NRC Won’t Close U.P. Deer Season

At the Natural Resources Committee meeting yesterday, the NRC’s Wildlife Committee took the option of closing the Upper Peninsula deer season off the table. The option had been one of six brought forward – but not recommended – by the Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division to help the U.P. deer herd recover. At the…

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Camo at the Capitol: Anti-Poaching Bills Move Forward

Bills to crack down on poachers have taken the next step forward in the state Senate after being unanimously reported out of the Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism yesterday. Senate Bills 244, 245 and 246 are a package which raise restitution and hunting licence suspension penalties on elk, moose, bear, turkey, waterfowl and eagles….

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The Opener: Small Game from On High

Last summer, the 2014 MUCC Annual Convention delegates worked on crafting conservation policy changes that they would like to see in the upcoming year. One of these resolutions was the expansion of hunting opportunities from a raised platform or tree stand. Currently, the taking of game from a raised platform is legal for all bow and…

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Wildlife Wednesday: Rabbitat-Quality vs Quantity

I truly cannot brag, boast, or promote enough how great our volunteers are with MUCC’s On the Ground program.  It provides a prime example of a well-balanced relationship between outdoorsmen/women and the conservation of public lands where they hunt, fish, and trap. These are people that get up before the sun peaks over the horizon,…

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