MUCC Applauds USFWS Rejection of HSUS Wolf Petition

LANSING—Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) praised the decision by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to reject a petition seeking to list gray wolves in the United States as “threatened,” under the Endangered Species Act. The USFWS announced its findings yesterday. “This decision by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists confirms that wolves…

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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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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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Camo at the Capitol: Michigan’s Colorado Model Moving Along

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: Suburbanites with zero knowledge of wildlife biology vote to restrict biologically-supported hunting rights based on misleading ads from radical anti-hunting groups. Don’t get me wrong: you can’t really blame the voters themselves. Without any background in wildlife or the natural world, how could they know any better?…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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