Camo at the Capitol: Lessons from Cecil the Lion

“A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct. Whatever his acts, they are dictated by his own conscience, rather than by a mob of onlookers. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of this fact.” – Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac…

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Technology to Report Invasives from the Field

As you take to the woods and waters this summer and fall, you should never be caught unprepared! Is your smart phone part of your gear? If not, please consider taking it as you prepare for your next adventure. We know for a fact that almost half of the people reading this blog are doing…

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The Opener: Dates for the 2015 Duck Season Up For Debate

The Citizen’s Waterfowl Advisory Committee (CWAC) is a group that works with the DNR to advise and suggest changes to waterfowl seasons and management. Their next meeting will be August 1st, and MUCC’s CWAC representative has asked MUCC to gather input from our members to gauge opinion and receive recommendations from sportsmen and women on…

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Second Wild Michigan Deer Tests Positive for CWD

LANSING—Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials announced today that a second free-ranging deer has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), less than a mile from where the first deer was found in the Spring. The fatal neurological deer disease is spread between deer through saliva and other fluids. “This announcement underscores the importance…

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Court Upholds Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act

  Lansing—The Michigan Court of Claims today dismissed a lawsuit by anti-hunting groups challenging the constitutionality of the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. In a strongly-worded opinion by the Honorable Mark T. Boonstra, the Court ruled in favor of the State of Michigan, Department of Natural Resources and Natural Resources Commission and summarily dismissed…

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The Opener: Fish Farming Coming to A Great Lake Near You?

Fish farming, or more properly, aquaculture is defined as “the rearing of aquatic animals or the cultivation of aquatic plants for food”. With the growing demand of high quality protein for the growing world populations and 20 percent of the world’s fresh water, the Great Lakes looks very enticing for aquaculture industries. On one hand,…

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MUCC Adopts New Conservation Policies at Annual Convention

At its Annual Convention at Treetops Resort in Gaylord June 20-21, Michigan United Conservation Clubs adopted a suite of new conservation policies proposed and voted in by its members, including support for increasing poaching penalties for multiple species and limiting the 150-yard hunting safety zone to firearm hunting, for which it was designed. Here is…

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Jon Bumstead : Legislative Conservationist of the Year Award

Michigan conservationists have had a powerful ally in the Michigan House of Representatives.  First elected in November of 2010, Jon Bumstead has been a force for conservation, hunting, fishing, and trapping throughout his time serving in the legislature.  As Chair of the House Appropriations Sub-Committee on Natural Resources, Jon has been instrumental in ensuring full…

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AQUACULTURE SCIENCE ADVISORY PANEL MEETING

The Science Advisory Panel on net-pen aquaculture will be meeting to hear the public’s comments tomorrow, June 25th. This panel is composed of scientists that were selected by agriculture, natural resources, and environment leaders. Parties interested in attending are encouraged to bring forth any information that they believe will be beneficial to the panel. Representatives…

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Wildlife Wednesday: Event for Elk Habitat Success

This past weekend held great things for MUCC’s On the Ground program as we hosted a big event in the Pigeon River Country State Forest, kicking off the Annual Convention at Treetops Resort of Gaylord. An incredible turnout of 45 volunteers dedicated their Friday to restore a wildlife opening for elk by cutting out encroaching timber, stacking…

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MUCC Members Restructure Organization to Increase Engagement and Future Sustainability

At the 2015 Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) Annual Convention, delegates approved a major restructuring of the Board of Directors, organizational structure, and the governing bylaws for the 78-year old organization. These changes will preserve the opportunity for continued involvement with MUCC members as well as protect the “grassroots” nature of conservation policy adoption and…

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Conservation Awards: DNR Wildlife Division, 2015 Conservation Organization of the Year

A conservation organization is a group of people who promote and take action for the wise use of ou natural resources. While often we think of private nonprofit organizations, there is another one which year in and year out does more on-the-ground work for the game we hunt than any other in Michigan: the Wildlife…

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Conservation Awards: Bill Parker, 2015 Ben East Communicator of the Year

For the next week, we will be posting profiles of the dedicated conservationists who were honored at our 2015 MUCC Conservation Awards Luncheon on Saturday during our Annual Convention.  Dressed in jeans, maybe a khaki shirt, and a Michigan Outdoor News ballcap, editor Bill Parker is a familiar sight at Natural Resources Commission meetings, Outdoorama…

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