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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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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In the Field: Searching for Deer Sign

by Anna Mitterling, Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator, MUCC My husband and I just moved into a new house this past weekend, on a modest 12 acre plot of land. The parcel is 6 acres long, 2 acres wide, and covers a few different habitat types. To the east is another 12 acre plot of grasses, to…

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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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Apply for Elk and Bear Licenses Now Through June 1

The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that applications for Michigan elk and bear hunting licenses are available now through June 1. There will be 100 elk licenses and 6,951 bear licenses available for the 2015 hunting seasons. Only Michigan residents are eligible to apply for an elk license. Bear licenses are available for both…

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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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