You have likely seen the latest frenzy of good and bad news reports, blog postings, and viral media swirling on the impending deadline of April 1 for people who own certain breeds of wild hogs (wild boars, sporting swine, Russians, Eurasians, etc.) here in Michigan. We want to set the record straight on some of [...]Sporting Swine—Is that All Folks?
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Feral swine can reproduce quickly and as “nomadic rototillers” can tear up crops and native landscapes; impact wildlife directly by feeding upon ground nesting birds, fawns, and other small animals; and spread diseases like pseudorabies, brucellosis, and Bovine Tb. While we may “only” have 1,000-3,000 feral swine here in Michigan now, we have seen from [...]Why Does MUCC Care About Wild Pigs?
This is intended to give readers a timeline view of the policy debate in Michigan on the feral swine issue over the last 5 years, complete with links where available. It’s called sausage-making for a reason. And the rest is history. April 12, 2007—The Michigan Natural Resources Commission and the Michigan Commission of Agriculture adopted [...]TIMELINE OF THE SWINE SAGA
The legislature will not be in session between March 30th and April 16th for spring break. While some will take vacations, most legislators will maintain office hours and in-district meetings during this time. Keep a lookout in the paper and on your legislator’s website for dates and times of their upcoming events and take advantage [...]MUCC Thursday Legislative Round-Up
Many sportsmen and women are familiar with the term “Pittman-Robertson” or “PR Funds”. For those that are not, it is the landmark federal act that was passed in 1937 to provide a “user pay-user benefit” source of funding for wildlife conservation. The Pittman-Robertson Act turns 75 years old this year, just like MUCC. Since its [...]Federal PR and DJ Funds Explained
The Department of Natural Resources’ Fisheries Division is asking for public input on potential changes to brook trout daily possession limits for Upper Peninsula streams. This is hot topic, one that has come up during NRC meetings from both the Commissioners and the public. It is also an issue that delegates grappled with at MUCC’s [...]DNR seeks Public Input on Michigan’s brook trout regulations
Spring has sprung (maybe?), which means it’s appropriations season in the Michigan Legislature! This will be the first look in a series of blogs about the DNR budget. Usually a boring, frustrating, and confusing process all-in-one, Michigan sportsmen and women have often been left on the sidelines during appropriations season since nearly all of our [...]DNR Budget Overview –Focus on the General Fund
SB 59 A comprehensive and landmark CPL reform bill, sponsored by Senator Mike Green (R-Mayville), passed the Senate Natural Resources committee on March 22nd. The bill would do the following measures: Eliminate county concealed weapon licensing boards and transfer those duties and functions to county sheriffs; Set a consistent timeline of 45 days for processing [...]Senate Takes Aim at Firearms Regulations
Check out the March 21, 2012 MUCC Conservation Insider: Trails Bill Sees Action; DNR Asks for Input! Click here to read all about it!March 21, 2012 Conservation Insider
While the end of February was cold and blustery in Michigan, the issue of our Great Lakes was heating up in Washington, DC. MUCC had a strong contingent that made the trip to be a part of the Healing Our Waters (HOW) Coalition’s Great Lakes Days where we spent two days meeting with Michigan’s Congressional [...]MUCC descends on DC for Great Lakes Days
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