September NRC Meeting: Commissioners pass a handful of fisheries, propose amendments to others for Oct. meeting

The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) met last Thursday and passed four fisheries orders while tabling several other orders and requesting amendment drafts from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The fisheries orders that were passed by the commission (with no amendments or changes made) include the following: FO 248.22 – Possession limits for fish…

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August NRC: Fisheries orders presented, director comments on wolf council

The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) met Thursday to hear information on proposed fisheries orders, and the DNR director postponed action on an amended land-use order restricting access under certain conditions from state-managed beaches until September. Few members of the public were present at the meeting; only three members of the public participated in public comment.…

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Wolf council holds first meeting; former large-carnivore specialist shakes things up

*Image provided courtesy of the U.P. Ruffed Grouse Association The new Wolf Management Advisory Council (WMAC) met for the first time Wednesday to determine agenda format, logistics and public comment guidelines for the council moving forward. In January, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), through the Department of the Interior, delisted the gray…

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Lethal cormorant control permits approved for Michigan, helps set management strategy

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) is moving forward with lethal cormorant control following a federal ruling. Double-crested cormorant populations were impacted heavily in the mid-1900s by pesticides like DDT. Federal protections followed and helped populations increase substantially. From 1985 to 2005, cormorant nest counts increased from near zero to about 60,000.  From 2004…

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New bill would require hunters and anglers to pay for public education on protecting species “adversely affected by human activity”

House Bill 5078 sponsored by Representative Abraham Aiyash (D-Hamtramck) would remove the nine-seat limit on the Michigan Wildlife Council and add requirements for an appointment to be made to two individuals who promote primarily non-consumptive wildlife use as well as a tribal representative and an individual with an advanced degree.  What is more concerning, however,…

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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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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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