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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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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