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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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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The Opener: New Fishing Regulations for 2015-2016 Season

By Lia Biondo, Policy Intern The Michigan Natural Resources Commission met Thursday, April 9th to approve various fishing regulations that will affect the 2015-2016 season. The Natural Resources Commission temporarily lost regulatory authority this year that prevented the final decisions of their rulings being published in the 2015-2016 Michigan Fishing Guide. However, those regulations that…

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Camo at the Capitol: Elk Poaching Bills Introduced

Before the Legislature went on Spring Break last week, it introduced a bill package that increases the penalties for poaching elk, moose, bear and many other species, building upon legislation passed last session increasing trophy deer poaching penalties that was based on a member-introduced MUCC resolution. A similar MUCC resolution supporting this current legislation is…

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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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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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