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RELEASE: Gov. Snyder Approves License Restructuring To Enhance Michigan’s Natural Resources

September 17th, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Amy Trotter, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, (517) 331-1909  or atrotter@mucc.org

MUCC and 21 Other Conservation Groups Join Governor at License Bill Signing

LANSING—Today Governor Rick Snyder signed into law House Bill 4668, a bill which would implement a fairly substantial overhaul of the state’s hunting, fishing and trapping license system. He was joined by representatives from Michigan United Conservation Clubs and twenty-one other hunting, fishing and trapping and conservation groups who are part of the Conservation Coalition, as well as hunter’s safety instructors, agricultural interests and a representative from the newly formed Natural Resources Commission’s Youth Conservation Council.

Michigan United Conservation Clubs’ Executive Director Erin McDonough said “The Snyder Administration listened to the concerns of Michigan sportsmen and women, resulting in a license package focused on our priorities and firmly entrenched in accountability and transparency.  Hunters, anglers and trappers are the backbone of natural resource management in Michigan and we are proud to pay for the outdoors we love.”“The Conservation Coalition is where conservation and hunting, fishing, and trapping interests can work together towards common goals and priority issues. The number of people in the room and the diversity of organizations is a testament to the fact that when we work together, progress is possible. We stand together, ready to take on any group that comes to Michigan and threatens our outdoor heritage,” said Amy Trotter, MUCC Resource Policy Manager.Joining in the ceremonial bill signing were representatives from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Natural Resources Commission, and the following organizations:

 

  • Ashley Sportsmen’s Club
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Great Lakes Council, Federation of Fly Fishers
  • Hamilton Rod and Gun Club
  • Michigan Association of Conservation Districts
  • Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation
  • Michigan Bear Hunters Association
  • Michigan Charter Boat Association
  • Michigan Farm Bureau
  • Michigan Hunter Education Instructor Association
  • Michigan Hunting Dog Federation
  • Michigan League of Conservation Voters
  • Michigan Quality Deer Management Association
  • Michigan Steelhead and Salmon Fishermen’s Association
  • Michigan Trappers and Predator Callers Association
  • Michigan Trout Unlimited
  • Michigan United Conservation Clubs
  • National Wildlife Turkey Federation, Michigan State Chapter
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Pheasants Forever
  • Ruffed Grouse Society
  • Safari Club International-Michigan Chapter
  • Saginaw Field and Stream
  • Upper Black River Council
  • Youth Conservation Council

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

 

Photos courtesy of David Kenyon, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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Gov. Snyder addresses the press conference.

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Rep. Jon Bumstead was sponsor and legislative champion of HB 4668

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MUCC Exec. Director Erin McDonough said “Everyone can enjoy Pure Michigan because of the investments Michigan sportsmen and women make in the resource.”

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Fee bill signing-MUCC

 

  • Rork1

    Congrats and thankyou.

    I am a bit pained to see how vocal the hunters (and some anglers) opposed to this are. $5 more per deer tag compared to the 1997 price has perhaps not even equaled the inflation. I compute I spend over 20 times more than that on gas for the car going deer hunting. It’s about what it costs me for 1 arrow.
    (How to price it for out-of-stater’s isn’t as clear to me just cause of ignorance – I’d need more study. Seems a tough decision.)

    To our fellow citizens not bearing these costs, but hopefully also benefiting (i.e. more trumpeters and osprey, fewer outlaws): You’re welcome.

    • Amy Trotter

      Thank you for your comments! The vocal ones against it are in the minority I believe. I think its a great value when you consider what we get for our money, I spend about $117 now and will be spending $142 next year. Not bad for a year’s worth of activity (and meat hopefully).

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