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Last Minute Action to Amend HB 4684 Before Vote

March 20th, 2012 by Amy Trotter.

You may recall from last year our efforts to fight HB 4684 right in the middle of the fall hunting seasons. MUCC, its members, and conservation partners successfully delayed a vote on the bill at that time due to the concerns with the language as introduced, which would have put roughly $25 million dollars in […]

Last Minute Action to Amend HB 4684 Before Vote

DNR Asks for Input for Strategic Plan

March 16th, 2012 by Amy Trotter.

That’s right folks, they are asking, so we need to make sure we respond! DNR Director Rodney Stokes announced back in January that the DNR would be undergoing a department-wide strategic planning process, which will include many forms of reaching out to stakeholders and the public for their input. DNR staff are also going to […]

DNR Asks for Input for Strategic Plan

2012-2013 Bear Quotas Up for Debate

March 15th, 2012 by Amy Trotter.

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) saw a lively discussion of bear quotas and data at their March meeting in Lansing last week. The DNR Bear and Furbearer Specialist Adam Bump presented a thorough look (bear presentation starts on page 39 of PDF) of the last decade’s data on estimated bear harvest, hunting success on […]

2012-2013 Bear Quotas Up for Debate

Crop Damage Permits Discussed in the Legislature

March 14th, 2012 by Amy Trotter.

For years, the tension between farmers and hunters heats up any time out-of-season crop damage deer permits are mentioned. While MUCC recognizes that these tools are needed to address very specific damage concerns, all landowners should, as a first step, seek to use licensed hunters during the regular deer season. With that being said, farmers […]

Crop Damage Permits Discussed in the Legislature

Good News/Bad News? 2011 Michigan TB Surveillance Report

March 9th, 2012 by Amy Trotter.

As hunters and livestock owners in Northeast Michigan know, we are the only state in the nation where Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) has taken a stronghold in the wild deer population. The TB prevalence rate has decreased over the last 15 years, but more recently has leveled off at about 2 percent in the core area, […]

Good News/Bad News? 2011 Michigan TB Surveillance Report

Uses of Recreation Passport To Expand

March 9th, 2012 by MUCC Staff.

By now, you’ve likely heard plenty about the state’s Recreation Passport, a $10 add-on to your license plate renewal that allows access into state parks. On Thursday at the Natural Resources Commission meeting, the DNR Director approved an order that now requires a Recreation Passport to use state forest rustic campgrounds and trails, parking lots […]

Uses of Recreation Passport To Expand

Talkin’ Turkey – SB 412 clears House committee

March 8th, 2012 by MUCC Staff.

This past week, the House Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Representative Frank Foster (R – Petoskey), passed Senate Bill 412, a bill dealing with the expenditure of turkey license fees. SB 412, sponsored by Senator Darwin Booher (R – Evart), would do the following: Clarify that the expenditure of turkey license fees by the Michigan […]

Talkin’ Turkey – SB 412 clears House committee

March 5, 2012 Conservation Insider

March 6th, 2012 by Amy Trotter.

Check out the March 5, 2012 MUCC Conservation Insider: Deer Teams Formed, Trust Fund Bill Update! Click here to read all about it!

March 5, 2012 Conservation Insider

Mentored Youth Hunting Licenses on Sale NOW!

March 1st, 2012 by Amy Trotter.

MUCC is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year. In doing so, not only are we looking back at our wonderful accomplishments over the years, but also looking forward to the future of conservation in Michigan. We see youth as the future stewards of Michigan’s great natural resources, but kids today spend more than 8 hours […]

Mentored Youth Hunting Licenses on Sale NOW!

99 Trust Fund Projects Clear First Legislative Hurdle

March 1st, 2012 by Amy Trotter.

Capital outlay projects for the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) totaling more than $39 million for fiscal year 2011-2012 were approved today by the full House Committee on Appropriations with a vote of 25-1.  The only committee member voting against House Bill 5364 (H-1) in committee was Representative Dave Agema (R-Grandville), who continues his […]

99 Trust Fund Projects Clear First Legislative Hurdle

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