Allegan SGA Aspen Regeneration Project

MUCC’s Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program, known as On the Ground (OTG), is beginning its 5th year of wildlife habitat improvement projects in collaboration with the MDNR.  Upcoming this Saturday, volunteers will be continuing wildlife habitat work in the Allegan State Game Areas Fennville Farm Unit. For the past 4 years through a total of 6 projects in the Allegan SGA, volunteers have been cutting aging aspen trees of several stands to allow regeneration of young aspen. This site has been showing great regeneration from opening areas up by felling selected trees to allow more sunlight to hit the undergrowth. Continue reading

MUCC's Wildlife Habitat Program Winter Projects

For the hunters out there carrying on tradition, passing it on to a new family member or friend, or starting a new tradition, I hope all have been having a safe and successful season both in harvest and experience. Firearm season has gone well for me; for the first time in a few years, I got to spend a week hunting with my Dad in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. After all, he taught me everything I know about hunting today! Continue reading

MUCC Supports Saturday Turkey Opener for Southern Michigan

Michigan United Conservation Clubs members passed a resolution this summer to increase opportunity and flexibility for turkey hunters to use their licenses. On Thursday, the Natural Resources Commission will consider updates to turkey regulations for action.  Continue reading

MUCC and the Jackson College Jets Build Brush Piles in the Sharonville SGA

This past Sunday, we teamed up with the Jackson College Jets Baseball Team to improve wildlife habitat in the Sharonville State Game Area. The Jets just finished up a great fall season with only two losses and followed up with this event as their annual community service project. This is the second year I’ve had the opportunity to work with this team in the Sharonville SGA and they’ve proven to be incredible volunteers, no matter what the task is. Last year, the team removed old, barbed-wire fencing and posts that had been secured in the ground with rail road ties without a complaint. This year, they built a natural, 3-sided hunting blind accessible for tracker-chairs and also built 5 large brush piles for rabbitat using black locust trees in the area. Continue reading

MUCC's Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program 2016-2017 Season Begins

This Sunday, we will be kicking off the 2016-2017 season of MUCC’S Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program with a project at the Sharonville State Game Area. The Jackson College Jets Baseball Team will be volunteering to build brush piles for rabbitat as well as construct a natural hunting blind that is tracker chair accessible. This project is in coordination with the Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors (MiOFO) collaborative partnership with Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources. The completion of this project will enhance opportunities for hunting from an accessible blind as well as small game hunting opportunity by providing several large brush piles in the area. Continue reading

State Game Area Panel Releases Recommendations

The Blue Ribbon Advisory Group on Southern Michigan State Game Areas released its management recommendations today. The panel, co-chaired by 2016 Michigan United Conservation Clubs' Conservationist of the Year Bill Demmer and MUCC Executive Director Dan Eichinger, was created in May 2015.  Continue reading


Download the full report here

Deer Cooperatives - Surveys on Satisfaction

by Anna Mitterling, Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator, MUCC Back in 2010-2011 I was working on my Master's Research at Michigan State University. My research on deer cooperatives uncovered some interesting information.  1) Deer hunters within cooperatives were more satisfied with their overall hunting experience that those hunters surveyed by the DNR. 2) Deer hunters within cooperatives influenced harvest behavior of those also within the cooperative. These findings, along with others, lead to the the creation of not only my position here in Michigan, but two positions in Missouri, and some prospect positions in other states. Wildlife Cooperatives have significant value not only in increasing hunter satisfaction, landscape level harvest management, but also landscape level habitat management as well - not to mention the potential to collect data within cooperatives about habitat, harvest, and population levels and impacts. Continue reading

Recap of 2016 MUCC Wildlife Habitat Program Season

Let’s take a look at what volunteers accomplished with MUCC’s Wildlife Habitat Program in 2016. A total of 300 volunteers, not including the DNR Wildlife Biologists or Technicians, dedicated 27,600 hours to improve about 350 acres of wildlife habitat on Michigan’s public land this year. The quota of coordinating and completing 20 wildlife habitat improvement projects was met.  Projects were completed at 13 different State Game Areas, covering all regions of the Lower Peninsula and one region of the Upper Peninsula as well. MUCC’s Wildlife Habitat Program has returned to many of the same SGA’s since the start of the program in 2013, but reached 6 new areas this season as well! Continue reading

Great Lakes Leadership Academy - An Incredible Experience

by Anna Mitterling, Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator, MUCC Several months ago I applied for to attend the Great Lakes Leadership Academy. Throughout my career with DNR, MSU, and now MUCC, I have heard nothing but recommendations to attend the academy someday. Last year, I was in my review meeting with MUCC, and they asked me what sort of career development they could help facilitate. I let them know I was interested in more leadership training, and having more tools in my toolbox to manage meetings more effectively and communicate better. We discussed the Great Lakes Leadership Academy, and decided I would apply. So I did! And several weeks later was invited for an interview, and later offered an invitation to participate in three, four day sessions. I excitedly accepted, and then wrote letters to my partners requesting funding to cover the expense. I am blessed to have the financial backing of MUCC, QDMA, and PF to participate in this academy, as well as as a generous scholarship from a donor to Great Lakes Leadership Academy. Continue reading