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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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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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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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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WildLife Wednesday: HSUS Isn’t Going Away

Here in Michigan, we defeated the Humane Society of the United States by passing the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act in August. In case you forgot, that rendered the subsequent November referendum votes a moot point. At the federal level, HSUS scored a temporary victory by convincing a lone federal judge to re-list western…

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Senate Passes Bill to Ban Drones for Hunting, Hunter Harassment

From the Livingston Daily Michigan legislators have shot down efforts to use drones in hunting. The state Senate last week passed legislation that would not only ban hunters from using drones to track game but ban other groups from using drones to track hunters. The bills passed unanimously with state Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Township,…

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