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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July NRC: DNR to present preliminary deer harvest survey results, consider land transactions and swimming closures

The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) will hear information about 2020 deer harvests and land transactions at their upcoming July meeting. On July 15, the NRC will hold its first in-person meeting since early 2020 at the Okemos Conference Center. There will not be a hybrid meeting option that allows for remote public comment, but MUCC…

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DNR Proposing Land Transactions, Dispositions at July NRC Meeting in Accordance with the State’s Managed Public Land Strategy

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is proposing several land dispositions for Alpena, Berrien, Branch, Cass, Charlevoix, Chippewa, Dickinson, Gogebic, Leelanau, and St. Joseph counties. These transactions will likely be acted upon by DNR Director Eichinger at the July 15 Natural Resources Commission (NRC).  According to PA 240 of 2013, the DNR is required to…

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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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NRC Passes 2021 Deer Regulations

A smaller Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) passed new rules for the 2021 deer hunting season Thursday, including changes to antlerless deer tags and archery hunting rules. Given the ongoing issues related to COVID-19, the NRC met virtually using an online platform to consider a full agenda. These deer regulations as proposed by the Department…

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NRC to Vote on 2021 Deer Regulations

A slightly smaller Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) will meet Thursday to vote on new rules for the 2021 deer hunting season, including changes to the archery seasons and antlerless deer tags.  Recently, newly-appointed NRC Commissioners Thomas Baird and David Cozad were disapproved by the Michigan Senate, along with 11 other Whitmer appointees. This leaves…

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NRC Reviews Deer Management, New Commissioners Seated at Upcoming Meeting

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) will meet Thursday to make decisions on new rules for the 2021 deer hunting season, including new antlerless deer tags and changes to a slate of regulations impacting the Upper Peninsula (U.P.).  The proposed deer regulations would impact deer hunters statewide and could include the legalization of crossbows during…

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