Spring 2017 Wildlife Habitat Improvement Projects

With the warmer temperatures and frequent rains that come along with the spring season, it’s the perfect time to start planting trees for wildlife! Volunteers with MUCC’s Wildlife Habitat Program aren’t hesitating to get started and will be planting mast-producing trees and shrubs this Saturday in the Barry-Middleville State Game Area.  Then, next week on Wednesday, volunteers in the Northeast region will be removing invasive Scotch pine from a Jack pine plantation to improve wildlife habitat and the native tree species growth. Also coming up on April 1st, volunteers in the Southeast region will be building brush piles for rabbitat in the Chesterfield Mini State Game Area in Macomb County; see more details and RSVP here. See what other three planting projects are scheduled for April 2017 and RSVP to volunteer for wildlife at an event near you at www.mucc.org/ontheground Continue reading

Call for Nominations of 2017-2018 MUCC Officers

The MUCC Nominations Committee is calling for nominations of candidates for the open seats on the 2017-2018 Executive Board and Conservation Policy Board. There are 6 open seats available on the Executive Board, which will have a 2-year term. All 40 Conservation Policy Board members serve only a 1 year term and thus must be nominated and re-elected/appointed each year. Continue reading

DNR Recommends Reauthorizing Straight-Walled Cartridges in Southern Michigan

In the past three years, the most consistent calls we receive at our offices are questions about the use of straight-walled rifle cartridges for deer hunting in the southern Michigan limited-firearm zone. Most of the time, the questions relate to the specifications of the cartridge, but lately there has been worry about the three-year sunset contained in the original 2014 Natural Resources Commission (NRC) order allowing straight-walled cartridges. Last week, the Department of Natural Resources sent a memo to the NRC recommending that they reauthorize the order.  Continue reading

Amid Proposed Budget Cuts, MUCC is Fighting for the Great Lakes

A couple weeks ago, a leaked early federal budget draft showed a 97% cut in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Today, the official Trump administration budget proposal was released showing a total elimination of funding for the program which has pumped $2 billion into the Great Lakes region since 2009 for wetland restoration, pollution cleanup and invasive species control, for example. Michigan United Conservation Clubs isn't taking it sitting down, though: our Executive Director Dan Eichinger spoke in front of the U.S. Capitol steps yesterday about why the GLRI is so important for hunting and fishing in the region.  Continue reading

Building New Brush Piles and Utilizing Last Year's Habitat Improvements in the Fulton SGA

Last weekend, a group of 13 volunteers built new brush piles in the Fulton State Game Area. In previous years, volunteers have built brush piles for rabbitat at four separate events with MUCC’s Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program, making this the fifth event in the Fulton SGA. This weekend’s event was hosted in the north end of the state game area, whereas the previous four were completed in the south and central areas. Thanks to these volunteers that dedicated a Saturday to wildlife, the Fulton SGA is among many areas that have improved cottontail rabbit habitat. In fact, volunteer building brush piles for rabbits and small game is written in the DNR’s Wildlife Management Plan for the area. Continue reading

NRC Bans Chocolate in Bear Bait

One of last year's MUCC conservation policy resolutions was implemented last week when the Natural Resources Commission approved a DNR wildlife conservation order banning chocolate in bear bait, and the MUCC Conservation Policy Board finalized the list of potential conservation policy resolutions that will be considered at this year's Annual Convention.  Continue reading

An Update on Michigan Cooperatives

by Anna Mitterling, MUCC Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator What a ride it has been! I am not sure if I am even fully back on track after being on maternity leave for two months. Michigan Wildlife Cooperatives is booming right now. In just over two weeks I have helped kick off three deer cooperatives, with two more new cooperatives launching this month. Since January, a new pheasant cooperative has launched as well. In addition, I worked with the Farm Bill Biologists to conduct a habitat workshop series around southern Michigan, and the Michigan Prescribed Fire Council to put on a Landowner Burn Workshop. I have attended some PF and QDMA banquets, several cooperative meetings, and am in the middle of helping to plan the Spring Pheasant Rendezvous! To say this program is needed in Michigan -- would be an understatement! Continue reading

Joint NWF/MUCC Statement on Trump Admin Delaying Action on Asian Carp

ANN ARBOR, MICH. (March 1, 2017)—The Trump administration announced that it is delaying the release of a plan to keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. The plan for bolstering defenses at Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Ill., was set to be released yesterday by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Continue reading

MUCC Supports Annual Youth Rabbit Hunt at Crane Pond SGA

Last weekend, the Crane Pond State Game Area hosted its Annual Youth Rabbit Hunt. The area’s DNR Wildlife Biologist, Ken Kesson, DNR Wildlife Assistant, Dean Boerman, and DNR Wildlife Technician, Nate DeVries organize the event each year with local mentors that volunteer to guide groups of youth hunters during the hunt. Areas of recent habitat improvements, such as the brush piles built for rabbitat by volunteers with MUCC’s Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program (On the Ground), are key locations for this hunt. MUCC provided lunch for the event from a local smokehouse as well as Tracks Magazines for each of the 31 youth participants. The event is also supported by the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), and Rural King- America’s farm and Home Store. Continue reading

Michigan Out-of-Doors Update | Commercial Fishing Update Concerns

This Michigan Out-of-Doors Update was sent to MUCC member on February 27. To receive information like this, as well as links to conservation news stories and upcoming events (and a subscription to Michigan Out-of-Doors magazine), become a member at www.mucc.org/join_mucc!   Continue reading