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Governor Snyder Signs SB 288, 289

May 8th, 2013

LANSING – Governor Rick Snyder signed Senate Bills 288 and 289 into law today. The bills allow the Natural Resources Commission to name game species, protect the rights to hunt and fish, and were supported by Michigan’s conservation community.

“We thank Governor Snyder for continuing Michigan’s tradition of separating conservation from politics today,” said Erin McDonough, executive director of Michigan United Conservation Clubs. “These bills protect the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers, and ensure that wildlife management decisions are based on the recommendations of biologists, not out-of-state anti-hunters.”

SB 288 extends the Natural Resources Commission (NRC)’s authority and sound science mandate to naming animals to the game species list, while retaining the Legislature’s authority to do the same and its exclusive authority to remove game species. SB 288 also grants the NRC the exclusive authority to issued fisheries orders, which currently rests with the director of the Department of Natural Resources, and also provides free licenses to active-duty members of the military. SB 289 establishes the rights to hunt and fish in state law, and makes protection of those rights a purpose of the Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act.

Conservation groups herald the bills as an extension of voter-approved Proposal G of 1996, which granted the Natural Resources Commission exclusive authority over game management and required it to use sound science in its wildlife management decisions.

“This is an enhancement of Proposal G,” said Merle Shepard, Michigan state director for Safari Club International. “It puts Michigan on track to manage its wildlife species using sound science.”

Opponents of the bill included the Washington, D.C.-based anti-hunting organization Humane Society of the United States. Natural Resources Commission orders are administrative decisions not subject to ballot referendum, which the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is trying to use to prevent the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from using public hunting as a tool to prevent wolf depredations in the Upper Peninsula, as outlined in Michigan’s Wolf Management Plan.

“Our members have lost dogs and pets to wolves,” said Joe Hudson, president of the Upper Peninsula Bear Houndsmen Association. “We’re happy to see that the DNR will finally have the management tools it needs to help limit wolf conflicts up here and that decisions about how it manages wildlife will be made based on sound science, not television commercials.”

Founded in 1937, Michigan United Conservation Club (MUCC) is the largest state-specific conservation organization in the country. Its mission is to conserve, defend and enhance Michigan’s natural resources and outdoor heritage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dennis.cronk.56 Dennis Cronk

    Congratulations to all the hard working Sportsman of the State of Michigan whom
    made this possible!

    • carlee87

      you sportsmen are wildlife hating inbreds.

    • Guest

      Leave my wildlife alone you wildlife hating terrorist inbred.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dennis.cronk.56 Dennis Cronk

      Carlee…Carlee…Carlee. Whoever told you I hate wildlife lied to you. I love wildlife…on toast…on the barbaque…in gumbo. I love them all.

    • Wolf Supporter

      Most reasonable and responsible hunters (yes, I hunt) oppose a wolf hunting season.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chuck.morey.1 Chuck Morey

    thanks to everyone and n thanks gov its the right thing to do

  • Jstone

    Now if they would remove there head from there butts, on the mishandling of deer baiting in the State andcquimt letting the insurance companies and Farm Bureau dictate the rules. There is no scientific evidence that stopping baiting has helped at all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/josh.vanderschaaf.1 Josh Vanderschaaf

    Ahhh yes the sweet taste of victory… I thought yousaid these bills would never make it into law Norm Mackey….. Miss Carlee87 you have lost go eat some crow.. The only wildlife haters are the wolf cultist’s.. Go hug your 43 wolves Miss carlee by the end of next year they will be rugs and wall decoration.. Maybe the MIDNR and NRC will get their heads outta their asses in a few years and give out a couple hundred tags instead of only 43

    • carlee87

      People like you are wildlife hating inbred terrorists. There are 700 plus wolves in MI and they get to harvest deer all year round and not a thing you can do about it you wildlife hating INBRED.

    • carlee87

      We have won. There are 700 plus wolves in MI and they are harvesting deer all year round and you can’t do a single thing about it you wildlife hating extremist wacko.

    • http://www.facebook.com/josh.vanderschaaf.1 Josh Vanderschaaf

      Yeah there are 700 plus wolves and you ar so happy about that arent you…. You get enjoyment outta the fact or the site of a Deer Elk or Moose fetus being ripped outta its mother and ate while the that animal lay there and bleed to death That just makes you so so happy doesnt it Carlee87… You like to see and hear about wolves torturing other animas to death…. You really are a sick person.. Please do the world a favor and dont have any offspring. We would really not like to see what type of hateful,misguided,and brainwashed spawn you could breed….
      When the rest of the UP becomes a barren wasteland like Baraga,Ontanogon,and Goebic counties are and the Wolves have ate all the Ungulates and peoples pets they can get their teeth into and thereis nothing lef to eat and start to starve to death maybe the DNR and NRC wiil see the fact that the UP cant support 700+wolves.. Which is the whole truth in this matter… You see its not about the wolves eating and kiling the deer. Thats what they do. Its about balance… Balance in nature I dont want to see any animal starve n cause there is no food left nor do I want to see animals suffering for any reason… But you dont give a dam about suffering Carlee87 all you care about are the wolves… Thats all you can think and care about is the wolf… You are just another brainwashed little puppet like the rest of your kind…. BTW I think you should start workin on some new lines puppet.. Hillbilly,Wildlife hate n terrorist,Inbred….your material is gettin old and used up you can only say it so many times and it can be heard by so many wolf humpers that you and the rest of your cult just sound like a bunch of puppets sayin the same thing over and over again… Come on Carllee lets try some creativity…. On yeah and another thing I love the compliments ya know Hillbilly thats what I am and I am proud of it( but just to clear some things up my family tree has many branches that go in both direction

      • http://www.facebook.com/josh.vanderschaaf.1 Josh Vanderschaaf

        I would also like to add the wolf population has declined in the last 2 years so it may be that the prey base is already beging to collapse and that some wolves are starving and die n or maybe the parvo virus is killing them off… One way or another the UP cant support 500 wolves for an exended period of time let alone 700+

        • Rork1

          UP deer populations increased both of the last two years Josh.
          We may be at peak wolf though.
          It’ll be interesting to see what winterkill of deer was this year, and if we can see a change in wolf population as a result.

          • http://www.facebook.com/josh.vanderschaaf.1 Josh Vanderschaaf

            The only reason for the increase in deer population in the UP for 2years in a row was mild winters …. Well this winter wasnt so mild up there was it… Im sure the winter die off was quite high this winter….. Rork its been about 6 goin on 7 years since I have been to the UP and about 12yrs since I hunted deer up there( we quit hunting deer cause of all the wolves and no deer) the last time I was there was a snowmobile trip and to hunt coyotes…. I doubt I will be up there any time soon since I now live in South Carolina but …. The UP benifted from the deer hunters and now most that I know that used to go hunt there dont for the same reason I quit going…. Hence alot of lost revenue from hunters. The last thing a struggle n MI. econemy needs.

          • carlee87

            The only deer hunter that is needed is the wolf. The deer feed the wolves. Wolves will continue harvesting a ton of deer year round and there is nothing you can do about it. :)

          • http://www.facebook.com/josh.vanderschaaf.1 Josh Vanderschaaf

            Just keep your pie hole shut Carlee.. You obviously cant hold a common decent coversation without being a bitch so go hug some wolves… (43 of that will die by January

          • http://www.facebook.com/josh.vanderschaaf.1 Josh Vanderschaaf

            I also know and you should also know that the UP can not support 700+ wolves for a sustained period of time.. That is just too much and BTW I know the reasons the DNR and NRC had stated for a wolf hunt.. I do not live in MI anymore but I follow what goes on there very closly…. My body may be in SC. but my heart and soul are still in MI. and will always be. I love my home state dearly everything it is and what it stands for

          • Rork1

            Maybe, but I don’t know that for sure. DNR hasn’t said that either. I am hoping that wolves will actually stay at current numbers or decline “on their own”, partly cause they kill each other over territory (even without deer numbers crashing). Maybe they’ll go up and down with the size of the deer herd now, if they are near peak wolf. It’s gonna be interesting.

        • Rork1

          I completely agree that winters are the most important thing for UP deer numbers. But it still sounds like you’re saying deer are down cause of wolves. I’m not saying there is no effect, but it might be small, and nobody’s pointing to famous studies showing an effect, much less that hunting wolves will change deer available to hunters, not even our DNR. I’ll even throw out that it could be that mild winters are bad for wolf populations, cause deer are yarded (and winter-killed) less – do I know that’s true? No.
          Reasons wolves might not knock down deer as much as most folks think is cause of compensation: as many as they kill (maybe 10% per year), maybe almost as many extra would have died by other predator, disease, car crash, or starvation. Sadly, this winter might be a good example of that. It made news recently when PA’s wildlife managers were trying to convince their hunters that knocking the coyotes down had little effect on deer numbers, even though many fawns are eaten.

          • Rork1

            Durn, that was in response to a Josh comment below.

      • Rork1

        DNRs recommendation for a hunt was based on 1) safety, 2) depredation of pets and stock. Increasing deer populations was not a stated goal. Why is that?
        I think it’s cause they couldn’t present evidence that deer available to hunters would increase. And neither did you. If there was good evidence to that effect, why isn’t it pointed to constantly?

        • http://www.facebook.com/josh.vanderschaaf.1 Josh Vanderschaaf

          just to let you know I like have n civilized conversation with people like you Rork as for Carlee she is just puppet capable of nothing but hate and insults… I would like to thank you Rork for the civilized debates….

          • Rork1

            Thanks. Though I’m mostly skeptical that sport hunting is more effective than killing by authorities (I worry about hunter reputation too), it is true it’d be nice to not have help from people who likely think all hunting is wrong and all hunters slime. Some folks hate hunters, and maybe some of us hate wolves or (more likely) anti-hunters. *sigh*

          • http://www.facebook.com/josh.vanderschaaf.1 Josh Vanderschaaf

            I dont really like any kind of anti person… do what you want to as long as you arent hurt other people in the process

      • carlee87

        No, I’m happy that the wolves are harvesting as many deer, elk, and moose as they want year round and not a thing you can do about it you wildlife hating inbred.

  • Tom Matych

    Is the science mandate truly a law they have to follow? Or just an opinion? There is no science in spending over $8 million out of $9. million stocking non-native salmon and trout. You cannot restore native species stocking non-native species.

    • http://www.facebook.com/josh.vanderschaaf.1 Josh Vanderschaaf

      I hate to inform you Tom but salmon and trout stocking in the great lakes has created millions of dollars worth of jobs and income for the state of MI. and was done so to control another non native species… Besides I and many others enjoy Catching Coho,king,and Atlanticsalmon and Steelhead any day over laketrout…. Oh yeah they also taste alot better too… hooking a Laker is like hauling in a waterlogged shoe and eating them is like stickin a spoonful of crisco in your mouth… The fisherman dont call them grease balls for nothin

  • Rork1

    “Democratic Rule of Law:
    Hunting and fishing laws are created through the public process where everyone has the opportunity and responsibility to develop systems of wildlife conservation and use.”
    From North American Wildlife Conservation Model, the version of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation web site. It’s got flaws but I’m not sure this is one of them.

  • Bruce Welnetz

    What a sad day for anyone who cares about wildlife and that includes hunters and fisherman. This is not about science, it is about taking away the rights of citizens to challenge their government. We live in a democracy yet, one by one our rights are being taken away. This was a campaign launched against the HSUS, claiming they are outside interests, even though signatures were obtained in every county. How come no one mentioned that the campaign to take away our rights was supported by the NRA, Safari Club International & RMEF – all outside interests with very deep pockets.

    • http://www.facebook.com/josh.vanderschaaf.1 Josh Vanderschaaf

      The HSUS Tha biggest most pwerful ani hunting fishing and trapping organization in the world … Also the with the deepest pockets… The NRA,Safari club and Rocky Mountian Elk Foundation all pro hunting,trapping andfishing organizations.. All with the clear agenda of preserving the rights of sportsman all over the world. All in favor of shutting down the HSUS and their corrupt organization with the hidden agenda of the extiction of all domesticated animals.. Bruce do you have any pets? A dog maybe a cats,bird,ferret ? Got any farm animals Chickens ,pigs goats,horses,cows? Well if you do have any of the above named animals and if you have donated any money to the HSUS,PETA,ASPCA you have succfully helped them get one step closer to their ultimate goal. A complete ban on any hunting,trapping,and fishing yeah thats right they all oppose fishing too. Fishing is a form of cruelty to animals. They also dont want you or anyone else to own any sort of pet.. You or I have n a dog as a pet is expliotation to that dog they dont want that nor do they want you me or anyone else to eat any sort of meat,drink milk, eat eggs or any other product that is made from animals or by an animal.. Did you know that Bruce???? Probably not cause there arent many people that know the real truth about these organizations… I know and if you doubt what I say start digging like i did. You will have to dig deep like I did to find the real truth because they dont want it well known or there goes the millions of $$$$ they sucker outta people every year with their TV ads askin you to donate to help the poor suffering animals. Less than 1% of the money donated to the HSUS last year actually went to helping dogs and cats, Horses, Ect and the only reason they donated any to that is because is that they had to. If they didnt they could be held accountable for fraud and misleading the public…. So think about who’s side you are on…… Now these 2 bills are about science… The sound scientific management of any and all species in MI. This is not about having your rights taken away you nor any other average citizen should have no say in what the MIDNR say’s what species I can hunt fish or trap… The uneducated public is not capable of making these decisions and never should have been able to.. (in reference to the dove hunt) Now it is in the right hands the hand of wildlife bioligist and the DNR and NRC… The proffesionals… We dont vote on if the highway is going to get repaved do we???? No MDOT and the local road comision decides that.. So whats the difference ?? there is no difference.. People are just pissed cause now wolf hunting is outta their hands and lets hope dove hunting will soon be restablished.. Doves arent song birds. Doves are the most plentiful game bird on the planet… and those are the cold hartd facts deal with them

  • Pam

    Maybe some of your hunters and non-hunters can clear something up for me? Do people eat wolves meat? How bout those mourning doves are they really edible? Or the Sand hill cranes they included in this bill? Are all these “edible items” or just “trophy’s” of some sort to push your chest out & say “ooo ooo I got one of those_____”. I mean if it’s edible I might consider it IF the population of those are high enough to support that type of hunting. 700 doesn’t seem like a lot of wolves for the amount of acreage here in MI, How many license’s are they issuing for these animals, to be hunted? Dear has that high population state wide and I understand the damage of crops, car accidents increasing…..But if the animal is NOT edible what sense does it make? A rug like I seen in a previous post? If it’s just the skin, seems like a lot of waste for the above aforementioned animals. We shouldn’t waste anything…even the Indians when they hunt use every part of the animal for something even if it is only a bead for a necklace….we should thank what ever higher power provided the animal & use every part today as we had done in the past if we do hunt. Maybe someone here can clarify these questions for me?? I sure would appreciate it

    • http://www.facebook.com/youngedyke Drew YoungeDyke

      Wolves are not edible, but the livestock they kill are in the management units where hunting will be allowed. They’re allowing 43 wolves across 3 specific zones in the UP to be taken. Yes, there is a lot of acreage in Michigan but the hunt is only in areas with high wolf densities and chronic depredation problems. Doves are edible and quite delicious I hear, according to people who hunt them out-of-state. Sandhill cranes were not specifically included in this bill, they just weren’t specifically exempted (also delicious according to people who’ve had them). Doves were exempted because there’s already been a vote on them. All the other amendments trying to specifically exempt certain animals were defeated not because there are any plans to hunt them, but because the whole point of the bill is that those decisions should be made based on the recommendations of biologists. The wolf bill was never about “trophies.” HSUS used that talking point because their polling told them people are less likely to support hunting if they think it’s about trophies, but that was never the goal.

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