Elk Poacher Caught After Receipt Found in Entrails

Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) is considering a resolution to increase penalties for elk poaching at its Annual Convention in June. Increased penalties for trophy bucks were passed into state law last year after a similar MUCC resolution from 2011. DNR Press Release: A Jackson County man has confessed to the illegal killing of a…

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Michigan DNR appeals federal court’s wolf decision

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today filed an appeal of a December 2014 federal district court ruling that returned wolves in Michigan and Wisconsin to the federal endangered species list and wolves in Minnesota to federal threatened species status. The appeal – filed by the Michigan Attorney General in the U.S. Court of Appeals…

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DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

Michigan United Conservation Clubs was awarded a $62,000 grant for a special project to promote invasive species awareness statewide as part of this grant program. DNR Press Release The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced the award of 20 grant projects totaling more than $4 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. The…

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Senate Passes Bill to Ban Drones for Hunting, Hunter Harassment

From the Livingston Daily Michigan legislators have shot down efforts to use drones in hunting. The state Senate last week passed legislation that would not only ban hunters from using drones to track game but ban other groups from using drones to track hunters. The bills passed unanimously with state Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Township,…

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DNR awards construction contract for new Lake Huron fisheries research vessel

DNR Press Release The Department of Natural Resources has announced that the construction of its new Lake Huron fisheries research vessel, the Research Vessel (R/V) Tanner, has started with the award of a contract to Andersen Boat Works of Saugatuck, Michigan. “The R/V Tanner will replace the aging R/V Chinook, which has been operating on…

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WildLife Wednesday: Wolves, Elk, Deer and Bear, Oh MI

This past weekend, MUCC held its regional meetings for the Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula, or pretty much everything “knuckles north.” This is where clubs and individual members present their ideas for MUCC’s policy on hunting, fishing, trapping and conservation issues. By the end of the weekend, there were five resolutions going to…

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Huron-Manistee Could Close Roads Unless You Get Involved by 2/15

Huron-Manistee National Forest manages more than 3,000 miles of roads. While many forest roads provide land management- and user-related benefits, some may also pose risks to forest resources. Increased use of an aging roads infrastructure increases safety and maintenance costs, impacts wildlife, and contributes to degradation of water quality. Over the past several years, even as…

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The Opener: Science is the Best Defense

by Amy Trotter, MUCC Policy Manager I had the opportunity to attend a Chapter Dinner of the Lansing Area Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) on Saturday evening. As are most banquets I attend (which is quite a few), this was a family affair with my husband, energetic toddler, mother and father-in law, and family…

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MUCC Congratulates New NRC Chair John Matonich

Lansing—Governor Rick Snyder has appointed John Matonich of Davison as chair of the Natural Resources Commission, replacing J.R. Richardson of Ontonagon. Richardson will stay on the commission, and the Governor’s office has described this as part of a regular rotation. Michigan United Conservation Clubs congratulates Commissioner Matonich on the appointment and thanks Commissioner Richardson for…

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