MDARD | CWD Identified in Two Mecosta County Farmed Deer

Hunters interested in learning more about the Mecosta County CWD positive deer and the agencies' response plans should attend the public meeting on February 1 in Big Rapids. See release for more information.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 20, 2017Media contacts: Jessy Sielski (MDARD), 517-284-5725 or Chad Stewart (DNR), 517-282-4810 Continue reading

Eagle Scout Project Success at the Gourdneck SGA

This past weekend, a total of 44 volunteers participated in Tyler Sands’ Eagle Scout Project with MUCC’s Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program at the Gourdneck State Game Area.  Over the past year, between school and life’s frequent roadblocks, Tyler has been coordinating with his Boy Scout Troop 253 of Vicksburg, MI and the council as well as with Mark Mills-the areas DNR Wildlife Biologist, and me to plan and get approval for his project. Tyler recruited an incredible turnout including his fellow Boy Scouts, a local Girl Scout Troop, several MUCC volunteers, and even State Senator Margaret O’Brien representing the 20th State Senate District (Kalamazoo County). The group built over 50 brush piles for rabbit habitat on a 12.5 acre field with forest edges. Continue reading

MUCC Promotes Sawyer Safety System to 30 Participants

This weekend, 30 people became safer sawyers by attending Chuck Oslund’s Chainsaw Safety Training hosted at MUCC. This was the third year in a row that this course has been offered to volunteers with MUCC’s Wildlife Habitat Program and the general public. This year, participants had the option to practice techniques learned within the safety system with a second training day held at the Rose Lake State Game Area. Half of the group, including two participants that took Chuck’s course here at MUCC last year, took advantage of the extra training offered in the field.  Thank you to Bill Dawson and Bill Rushford for volunteering their time this weekend to make the field training possible! Continue reading

The DNR Let Ann Arbor Sterilize Your Deer

In a year when deer issues threaten to divide the hunting community, the Department of Natural Resources just did something that ought to unite it, and not for a good reason. The Michigan DNR - the agency that you fund with your hunting, fishing and trapping license dollars - just gave the City of Ann Arbor the go-ahead to sterilize free-ranging whitetail deer which you have entrusted the DNR to manage. Every single deer hunter in Michigan - no matter what your views are on APR's, baiting or the one-buck rule - ought to be united in condemning DNR leadership for caving to the anti-hunting interests like HSUS who have pushed sterilization. Continue reading

Free Grassland Management Workshops in Southern Michigan

Throughout January and February, partners of the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative will be providing free grassland management workshops to assist landowners in their CRP mid-contract management, as well as providing basic information on how to implement native grassland management. The events are being hosted by Michigan United Conservation Clubs and some local Conservation Districts, in partnership with the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Department of Natural Resources. Continue reading

January Wildlife Habitat Events to Kick-Off 2017

Happy New Year to all of the hunters, trappers and anglers out there! Now that deer season has come to a close, it’s time to up our habitat improvement game. MUCC’s Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program plans to do just that. There are several key events happening this month that volunteers will be participating in to improve wildlife habitat on public lands. MUCC will be starting off 2017 by hosting a Chainsaw Safety Training with Chuck Oslund for the third year in a row. This year, a second training day will follow the initial classroom portion of the course to allow participants to practice basic sawyer techniques in the field with experienced instructors. Next up, over 40 volunteers will be building brush piles for rabbitat in the Gourdneck State Game Area. Closer to the end of the month, volunteers will be continuing snowshoe hare habitat restoration in the Grayling State Forest. Continue reading

Upcoming Wildlife Habitat Opportunity at the Gourdneck SGA

MUCC’s next wildlife habitat improvement project will be at the Gourdneck State Game Area on Saturday, January 14th 2017; the weekend after MUCC’s Chainsaw Safety Training with Chuck Oslund. Volunteers have completed several projects at the nearby Fulton State Game Area and Allegan State Game Area, but this will be the first at the Gourdneck SGA. This project has been planned and coordinated by Tyler Sands with Boy Scout Troop 253 of Vicksburg, MI for his Eagle Scout Project. The DNR Wildlife Biologist for Michigan’s southwest region, Mark Mills, has been a great advocate of collaborating with the local Boy Scout Troops to complete a few of these wildlife habitat improvement projects. Continue reading

Legislature Restores Natural Resources Commission Game Species and Fisheries Authority

LANSING – Conservation groups are applauding the legislative passage of Senate Bill 1187, which will restore Michigan’s vital natural resources management process for making fish and wildlife conservation decisions with sound science. After passing the state Senate 27-10 last week, last night the House of Representatives passed it by a vote of 69-39, with support from both Republicans and Democrats. Continue reading

MUCC's Wildlife Habitat Program Shows Success in Allegan

Last weekend, a group of 7 volunteers continued an aspen regeneration project in the Fennville Farm Unit of the Allegan State Game Area. This was the fifth project in the location since the start of the On the Ground program in 2013. I was able to look at the previous year’s work area and saw great results of abundant aspen seedlings spanning the open area. The small pocket in the stand was just over one acre and was previously a closed canopy area with over-mature aspen. There are now two different areas that are regenerating young aspen to provide browse and thick cover for wildlife where only old-growth aspen trees stood just a few years ago. Continue reading

Action Alert | Restore Scientific Wildlife Management!

Your state representative may be voting on this bill TODAY - call now ask him or her to vote YES on SB 1187! Continue reading