Trio of bills aims to provide oversight of commercial guiding in Michigan

By MUCC Policy Assistant Justin Tomei, jtomei@mucc.org Michigan United Conservation Clubs has worked for more than six years through the Michigan Legislature to enact commercial guiding oversight in Michigan. This legislation has been amended several times since its original form, and it is a good starting point for making sure outdoor enthusiasts hiring guides are…

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December NRC: Steelhead bag limits lowered on select streams, year-round walleye fishing opened on the lower Saginaw River

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) approved two fisheries orders regarding walleye and steelhead at their December meeting. Commissioners met at the Michigan Library and Historical Center, and the meeting was gaveled in at 9 a.m. by NRC Chair Carol Rose. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Deputy Director Shannon Lott acted on behalf of DNR…

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December WMAC: DNR Law Enforcement Division expected to present

The Wolf Management Advisory Council (WMAC) will convene in St. Ignace Tuesday for its December meeting. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Law Enforcement Division (LED) is expected to present on the division’s accomplishments from the last wolf management plan, and council members suggested presentation items such as whether LED believes the current fines and penalties…

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Reduction in steelhead bag limits, increase in walleye fishing opportunities discussed at November NRC meeting

A proposed amendment reducing the bag limit of steelhead on certain streams received the most attention at Wednesday’s monthly Natural Resources Commission (NRC) meeting. About 50 members of the public and department attended the meeting. Public comment centered around the reduction in steelhead bag limits, an amended fisheries order opening up the Saginaw River to…

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Accomplishments report, updated recommendations part of November wolf council meeting

Michigan’s Wolf Management Advisory Council (WMAC) members received an accomplishments report regarding the 2015 Wolf Management Plan before diving into new business at their November meeting. Michigan’s wolf population has recovered to 695 wolves according to the DNR — greater than the original population goal of 200 established by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources…

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Pheasant stocking set to begin this week, licenses on sale

Michigan’s pheasant opener kicks off Wednesday in the Lower Peninsula, and hunters will have the opportunity to harvest stocked birds at select state game areas throughout Southern Michigan. In late 2018, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, working on behalf of the Michigan Pheasant Hunting Initiative (MPHI) and a MUCC member-passed resolution, was able to secure $260,000…

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$25k DNR donation memorializes selfless mother, wife, community advocate

“Rooster,” Jimmy Beachum yelled as his English pointer, Mickey, stood through the flush. Toddler Alex Beachum covered his ears as shots rang out. Riding in a backpack his mom, Kristine “Kris” Beachum, had fabricated for him so his dad could take him hunting, Alex was never far from dad’s hunting adventures. Moving from bustling Plymouth…

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A predator-prey study, increasing public awareness, maintaining sustainable wolf prey populations discussed October wolf meeting.

The Wolf Management Advisory Council (WMAC) is charged with making recommendations to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regarding wolf management. The council will undertake recommending updates to the 2015 Wolf Management Plan to include up-to-date biology and information. The WMAC is comprised of six members: Dan Kennedy representing the DNR, Amy Trotter representing…

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