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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Reps Propose Stealing from Gun Owners to Pay for Roads

A diligent MUCC member and Facebook follower called our attention today to a concerning bullet point (no pun intended) under Rep. Todd Courser and Rep. Cindy Gamrat’s budget, released today, proposing to steal $250,000 from gun owners and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR)’s Shooting Range Enhancement Program. The DNR’s public shooting range program ensures…

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Camo at the Capitol: Public Hunting Land Under the Gun

Last Wednesday morning, we started fielding calls from reporters asking us about comments made by Senator Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) on the Senate floor, some even asking “what did you do to him?” According to the newspaper reports, Casperson called a column in Michigan OutofDoors Magazine, by Executive Director Dan Eichinger, a “hit piece,” and said…

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In Defense of Public Lands

This column from MUCC Executive Director Dan Eichinger appears in the May/June 2015 issue of Michigan OutofDoors Magazine, which you can subscribe to by clicking here. The debate about the value of public land continues unabated in Lansing these days, much to my amazement.  While decrying the public’s ownership of land for its recreation is…

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Wildlife Wednesday: Hinge Cutting for Habitat

Last weekend, OTG volunteers enjoyed a beautiful spring day at one of Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy’s (SBLC) nine nature preserves; the Wah Sash Kah Moqua Nature Preserve. This event was an all-around great opportunity for me and for the volunteers eager to learn about hinge cutting and the benefits it has on local wildlife. I…

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Wildlife Wednesday: Who’s Wading for Waterfowl?

Last weekend, MUCC’s On the Ground event took place on the water at one of Michigan’s seven Wetland Wonders, the Pointe Mouillee State Game Area. Zach Cooley, the DNR wildlife biologist for the area, coordinated with Drew YoungeDyke and me to host an OTG volunteer event for mallard duck nesting structure restoration. A great turnout…

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MUCC Supports USFWS, Michigan DNR in Bat Listing Decision

No, this is not April Fool’s Day anymore. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has chosen a reasonable approach to list the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species with an interim 4(d) rule under the Endangered Species Act. But what does that mean? You can learn more by reading the DNR’s press release below….

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Wildlife Wednesday: For Rabbitat, Bigger Is Better

Another successful OTG event is in the books! This rabbitat event was split up into two phases at separate locations of the Fulton State Game Area. The first weekend brought volunteers from areas near and far.  Returning volunteer, Emily Caretti, traveled over 140 miles from Warren to represent MTPCA and dedicate her Saturday to a…

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The Opener: 2015 Licenses on Sale; Fishing for Data

When the Michigan DNR sent a reminder about buying a new 2015 fishing license (see below), I thought it would be interesting to look at the data on how sales have done with the new license structure. Jody Simoes was recently hired by DNR’s Marketing and Outreach Division to look at the license trends, investigate…

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Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act Effective Today!

Think of where you were a year ago. I know where I was: Sweating every signature, wondering if we’d get enough to submit the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act to the Legislature. Even though we ended up with over 375,000 raw signatures, it was a slow build – a crescendo – and at about…

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IN THE FIELD: CO-OP LEADER WORKSHOP II

By Anna Mitterling, Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator, MUCC Last week Michigan Wildlife Cooperatives hosted it’s second Cooperative Leader Workshop in Adrian. We had a great turnout! It is exciting to see the dedication some have to take time out of their evening to talk about cooperatives. We had a habitat biologist and three cooperative leaders out…

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Camo at the Capitol: Drone Bills Promote Fair Chase, Prevent Hunter Harassment

It’s not often that a bill package can protect fair chase hunting principles while at the same time preventing hunter harassment, but that’s exactly what Senate Bills 54 and 55 do by banning the use of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) to assist or harass hunters. Yesterday, the bill package passed the state House unanimously after…

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NWF may back congressional wolf delisting with MUCC resolution

by Phil Taylor, E&E Reporter Click here for the original article from E&E Publishing The National Wildlife Federation might support legislation in Congress to delist the gray wolf in the western Great Lakes. The organization’s state affiliates will vote this weekend on a resolution supporting a “narrow fix” to a federal judge’s decision last December…

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