Livin' Wild Wednesday: Back to the Yoopers

Drew YoungeDyke - MUCC Grass Roots Manager and On the Ground Director
It's a wild week here at MUCC, from On the Ground projects in the Upper Peninsula to big news for the Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management petition drive.
On Monday, the Secretary of State made a staff recommendation to certify the Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management petitions after it verified at least 297,000 valid signatures out of the 375,000 submitted, well more than the 258,000 required. And tomorrow, the Board of State Canvassers will meet to officially certify the petitions and send the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act to the Legislature! (Which means you should call your legislator today and encourage them to vote for it on August 13!)
Today, though, the MUCC On the Ground (OTG) crew is traveling to the Yoop for a project on Kingston Lake. Yesterday, we cleaned the boat and packed up all the OTG equipment needed to cut trees and build fish structures for largemouth bass and muskies. If you haven't noticed yet, we love working with Yoopers: this will be the fourth out of five OTG projects in the Upper Peninsula this year!
Tonight, I'll be camped out on beautiful Kingston Lake, and might even get lucky enough to catch a largemouth to cook over the fire while strumming an out-tune-guitar and reading Jim Harrison. Tomorrow, though, it's OTG time.
Chainsaws and camo Kromer? OTG is ready for the Yoop! Chainsaws and a camo Kromer? OTG is ready for the UP!
If you're up that way, we'll be working from 9am to 3pm Thursday and Friday, so meet us at the Kingston Lake State Forest Campground if you can. We'll be cutting down trees, bundling them together and sinking them in the lake. There's a barbeque, a t-shirt and better fishing in it for you if you can join us.
And if you can think of a better way to celebrate the success of the statewide petition drive to ensure scientific fish and wildlife management than physically improving fish habitat, then you're more imaginative than me.
Because here's the thing: we can't rely on one petition drive to beat radical anti-hunters like the Humane Society of the United States. We have to back that up with our time, effort, and money to prove that hunters, anglers and trappers are the true conservationists.
Our license fees help fund projects like this, but we can do more. We can put our sweat into it, too. And then cool off in the lake, cook some burgers and catch some fish. That's what Living the Wildlife is all about. Who's with me? Sign up here!
"Livin' Wild Wednesday" is a new weekly segment written by MUCC's grassroots and OTG program manager  Drew YoungeDyke

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