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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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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The Opener: Only Takes a Spark

Highlighted this week on The Opener is a blog from MUCC’s Policy Intern Lia Biondo about her most recent trip to Washington D.C. We are excited to see her off to her next adventure with the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation in D.C. this summer! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This past week, I had the opportunity to travel to Washington,…

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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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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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DNR | New Fishing License Required April 1

The Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that a new fishing license season begins Wednesday, April 1, which coincides with the new regulation cycle. All 2014 fishing licenses are good through March 31, 2015. Anglers have five options to choose from when making their purchases. All fishing licenses are good for all species. Resident Annual…

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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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The Opener: DNR Approves Graymont Land Transaction in U.P.

It’s no secret that we have seen in Michigan and around the country an increased desire among local units of government to grow their taxable base to raise revenue. In doing so, some have claimed that public lands are a barrier to economic development; but on the other hand, there are also local units of…

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DNR Director Approves Graymont’s U.P. Land Transaction

DNR Press Release: Following a recommendation from Department of Natural Resources officials, DNR Director Keith Creagh announced today his approval of a land transaction proposal from Graymont, Inc. Creagh announced his decision at today’s Natural Resources Commission meeting in Roscommon, Michigan. Graymont is planning a limestone mining operation in the Upper Peninsula’s Mackinac County, near the…

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The Opener: The Story of the Three Bears, What is Just Right?

You know the story… Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Goldilocks and 3 bears–and a quest for porridge, a chair, and a bed that was “Just right”. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources uses many factors in determining recommendations for the local Bear Management Unit (BMU) license quotas to meet the…

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