DNR proposed order to close swimming on state-managed beaches too vague

A proposed director’s order related to swimming from state-managed beaches grew in scope last week per a presentation from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The order, first proposed for information at the July Natural Resources Commission (NRC) meeting, would prohibit “exit[ing] the state managed beach area for the purpose of entry into the water…

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DNR attempts to clarify proposed beach access order, presents deer survey at July NRC

A proposed director’s order that would limit swimming at state-managed beaches garnered the majority of public comment during last week’s monthly Natural Resources Commission (NRC) meeting. Other topics covered include: 2020 preliminary deer harvest survey results, the state’s land strategy, a fisheries order update and land transactions. Proposed restrictions on water entry from state-managed beaches…

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MUCC-led bill tightens restrictions on public information, fair chase

Locations of game species obtained using scientific studies and monitoring will no longer be subject to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests after bipartisan-sponsored House Bill 4050 was signed into law last week. Sponsored by Rep. John Cherry (D-Flint), this legislation was drafted after Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff noted that an individual was…

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NRC: Deer urine-based lures and attractants remain legal

The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) amended a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) proposal last Thursday that would have banned the use of deer urine-based lures and attractants. Commissioners voted to allow the continued use of deer urine-based lures and attractants, as long as the products have a seal from the Archery Trade Association (ATA)…

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Consent Decree status conference leads to extension

The 2020 Consent Decree governing treaty and recreational fishing in the northern Great Lakes of Michigan was again extended June 4 after a status conference was held in federal court in Kalamazoo. The parties gathered at the request of the court to provide an overview of their take on the negotiations thus far and their…

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NRC to act on proposed urine-based lure ban at June meeting

Commissioners are set to act on a proposed ban of urine-based lures as another round of deer regulations comes in front of the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) this month for action. It is unclear what the commission’s flavor might be on the proposed ban, but during last month’s public testimony, Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC)…

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NRC gathers input on deer regulations at May meeting

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) considered changes to the deer hunting rules Thursday and oversaw a number of orders signed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) director. The proposed deer hunting regulations included two administrative changes relating to muzzleloader hunting and a ban of urine-based lures and attractants. The falconry rules and regulations…

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NRC Approves Bear Hunting Rules, Considers Falconry Regulations

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) approved 2021 bear hunting regulations when it met Thursday.  These rules and regulations are very similar to those in place in the 2020 seasons, with a few key changes, including the elimination of rules allowing for the placement of bear bait barrels on public lands. Bear hunting regulations and…

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A rough year: Motorboats, shooting ranges, fishing guides and COVID

One year ago, Michigan boaters and anglers had their ability to enjoy Michigan’s natural resources taken away from them via an executive order (EO) and subsequent interpretation. EO 2020-42, issued by Gov. Whitmer and related to a ban on certain outdoor activities, did not specifically prohibit motor boating. However, on a “Frequently Asked Questions” web…

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MUCC commends the department on 100 years of restoring, managing, conserving Michigan’s natural resources

Throughout the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) 100-year history, Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) has proved to be one of the department’s most valuable partners and critics. On March 30, the DNR celebrated the 100-year birthday of the Michigan Department of Conservation –– the first iteration of the DNR. The department was born out…

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