Senate Bill 1350, sponsored by Senator Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) sailed past the Michigan Senate this afternoon on a 23-15 vote. The bill designates the wolf as a game animal in Michigan and authorizes the Natural Resources Commission to consider and study a potential regulated hunting and trapping season. One amendment made to the bill, sponsored [...]Wolf Bill Sails Through Senate
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Senate Bill 1350 could be up for a vote this week in the Michigan Senate! This bill would designate the wolf as a game animal in Michigan and also authorize the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to create the parameters for a hunting and/or trapping season. Anti-hunting organizations, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and [...]ACTION NEEDED: Contact Your Senator To Vote YES on Wolf Bill
HB 5249 – Sponsored by Rep. Matt Lori (R-Constantine), this bill would allow for the use of certain firearms and ammunition in the southern shotgun zone during firearm deer season. The firearms included are: A shotgun with a smooth or rifled barrel; A .35 caliber or larger pistol loaded with straight walled cartridges; A muzzle-loading [...]Legislation to Allow Some Rifles in the Shotgun Zone–Lame Duck or Dead Duck?
A number of natural resources based bills passed the Michigan Senate recently and will now head to the House of Representatives. Below is a summary of each: SB 1276 – The big impetus behind this bill was to get rid of the DNR’s much maligned “Biodiversity Stewardship Areas” (BSAs) or “Living Legacies Program.” When originally [...]Three Natural Resources Bills On Way To House
Michigan is known as a trails state-specifically for our expansive network of off-road vehicle (ORV) trails. The Department of Natural Resources maintains a well-established network of trails for ORV and ATV use, which is an increasingly popular recreational opportunity in Michigan. To ensure Michigan has excellent trails for ORVs, the DNR is working alongside Michigan [...]DNR asks for public input from ORV users
Read the November 13th Conservation Insider to get the update on emergency deer regulations implemented by the NRC and Senate Bill 1350. Click here for the inside scoop.November 13th Conservation Insider
A bill based on an MUCC resolution unanimously passed out of the Senate committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism on Thursday, November 8th. The bill, SB 1340, increases the restitution value for poaching trophy whitetail by using the Boone & Crockett scoring system to determine the value. Currently, the fine for a poached whitetail is $1,000 [...]Trophy Buck Poaching Bill Out Of Senate Committee
Do you have some questions about deer hunting in Michigan? You can join the DNR on Facebook, Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. for “DNR Live: Deer” — a one-hour online video forum designed to answer your questions about the state’s deer population, hunting seasons, and regulations.Submit your questions in advance on the DNR’s Facebook [...]DNR Hosts Facebook “Town Hall” on Deer This Tuesday!
Deer season is upon us with opening day this week. As hunters gear up, there has been a lot to talk about this season. Fear not, this update is on a positive note. The Department of Natural Resources released the 2012 season status and prospect report last week, providing hunters some insight as to what [...]Deer Season Prospects Report
MUCC has been reporting on the 2012 outbreak of EHD in Southern Michigan since it began in July.However, even prior to this MUCC’s Wildlife Committee drafted a resolution requesting that the DNR carefully monitor the impacts of EHD and take action if warranted to minimize the impact of this disease on the deer population in [...]Emergency Deer Regulations to Address EHD Impacts
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