Wolves, Winters, Climate Possible Factors in Moose Decline

DNR Press Release: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced the results of its 2015 moose population survey in the western moose range of the Upper Peninsula, an important tool in managing the species. The 2015 population estimate in the western U.P. is 323, compared to an estimate of 451 in 2013. From 1997…

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Reach Outdoors: Which Youth Camp Option is Best for Your Camper?

by Shaun McKeon, MUCC Youth Camp Director Time to start thinking warm thoughts and one way to do that is to take a look at the programs we are offering at camp this summer. This week is the official start of registration season.  Now is the time to start getting your kids signed up to…

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WildLife Wednesday: Vols Build Homes for Rabbits, Then Eat Them

In learning about conservation, perhaps there was no better lesson for the Midland Dow High School Conservation Club than Saturday. Along with other volunteers, first they built homes for rabbits by cutting trees and stacking them into brush piles, and then they ate rabbit sliders. The only thing missing from the day was the rabbit…

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Graymont responds to DNR concerns with U.P. limestone mining proposal; department officials recommend approval to director

DNR Press Release: Officials with Graymont, Inc. have submitted a revised Land Transaction Application (LTA) to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for a limestone mining operation in northern Mackinac County near the town of Rexton. The March 6 proposal, which amends a January 2015 LTA, is unchanged in the total amount and location…

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7 Myths of Michigan’s Public Lands

by Paul Rose, from the Northern Michigan Conservation Network Many may recall the debate in 2012 surrounding what was then known as the “Land Cap” bill. Although some improvements to the original bill were secured, PA 240 of 2012 became law and thereby established a 4.6 million acre limit on the amount of land that the…

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January OTG Hinge-Cut Already Paying Dividends for Wildlife

On January 24, volunteers with our On the Ground (OTG) program hinge-cut trees in the Grayling State Forest near Lewiston to create horizontal cover primarily for snowshoe hares, but also for white-tailed deer and drumming logs for grouse. Researchers from Michigan State University, led by Dr. Gary Roloff, released a report in December that part…

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Angler input sought to develop statewide inland trout management plan

DNR Press Release: The Department of Natural Resources today announced it is seeking input from anglers who fish for inland trout in Michigan. The DNR plans to use the information to assist in the development of a statewide plan for inland trout fisheries. The Michigan Inland Trout Angler survey will gather information about these anglers,…

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New DNR Wolf Plan Criticizes Federal Judge’s Re-Listing

Excerpted from the Detroit Free Press: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources took not-so-veiled shots at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s relisting of Great Lakes wolves as endangered last month, in the state’s updated draft wolf management plan released Wednesday. “Protection of Michigan wolves under the Federal Endangered Species Act is no longer warranted,”…

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The Opener: The Conservation Coalition

by Lia Biondo, Policy Intern The Conservation Coalition is a group of statewide hunting, fishing, trapping and conservation organizations across Michigan that gather to work on “big picture” issues in the outdoors. The Coalition has regular quarterly meetings with top leaders in Lansing, including the Governor’s office and Department of Natural Resources leadership. The group…

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Camo at the Capitol: UAV Bills advance in the House

Advancements in technology have made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones much less costly and more available to the public. Drones have the potential to do amazing things in terms of photography and aerial shots. However, they also can be used for purposes that are harmful to hunters and anglers alike. Last year MUCC drafted…

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Support the New Wolf Management Plan!

MUCC is encouraging its members to support the new wolf management plan, using sound science as the basis for management options, including hunting.  DNR PRESS RELEASE: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has completed a draft update of the 2008 Michigan Wolf Management Plan and is seeking public comment during a 30-day period beginning today,…

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WildLife Wednesday: Fish and Wildlife Service Joins States, MUCC in Wolf Appeal

Wolves are recovered in western Great Lakes states like Michigan. Don’t believe me? Just ask pretty much everyone with a biology degree in an official position with the state conservation departments where wolves roam or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They’ve all joined MUCC and our partner conservation groups in a federal wolf appeal….

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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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