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Resolution on Portable Ground Blinds on Public Land Gains Momentum

December 11th, 2012

Today, the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Accessibility Advisory Council (AAC) voted to recommend a major change to the rules governing portable ground blinds on public lands. This recommendation goes to the DNR who, if they decide to move forward, would prepare an order to be discussed at the Natural Resources Commission meeting this winter or spring.

Currently, portable ground blinds must be removed at the end of each day’s hunt on public lands, while raised platforms and tree stands can be placed anytime after September 1 and left until March 1.

Daily removal of ground blinds can be cumbersome, especially for older hunters and hunters with disabilities. MUCC recently adopted a resolution from MUCC Region III Vice President Jack VanRhee and Hamilton Rod and Gun Club at the 2012 Annual Convention calling for a change in the rules for portable ground blinds, allowing them to stay on public land through the hunting season, similar to tree stands. This also further simplifies the complexity of regulations for different types of hunting (ground/elevated) and among the regions of Michigan, which is a stated goal of MUCC (per another resolution in 2011) as well as the Natural Resources Commission.

The AAC endorsed this concept unanimously as a benefit to hunters of all abilities.

We will keep you apprised when this comes to the NRC agenda and hope you will join us in supporting this common sense regulation reform.

  • Tom

    In Sept 2012, I set up my portable ground blind on private property in Newaygo couunty.
    I used it for the 1st week of the fall turkey hunt. I had it all brushed in, and could not wait to enjoy it during bow season.
    But because of my wife’s knee replacement & my hunting partners hip relacement, we did not get back till 3 days before gun season.
    And, you guessed it. When we got there and went out to check things over, the blind and he folding chair were gone.
    Stolen off private land.

    So, leaving blinds up on state land is an open invitation to all the scumbags that do that.
    Tom,
    Fmth MI.

    • Rick, Union Lake MI

      I agree that the risk of theft is increased, but taking or not taking that risk should be the choice of each individual hunter. The risk of theft would be extremely low if, as is the case with me and my hunting buddies, you don’t put up your blind till the afternoon of an evening hunt and return the next morning at O’dark :30 for a morning hunt. Theft between dark and dawn is low risk.

  • Jack

    I have had a ladder stand and a tree stand stolen in the past. With a ground blind the oportunity for theft is greater so you just have to eveluate the situation and locatiion and make your best judgement. But, that option should be available to those that are elderly, disabled, or just do not feel comfortable in a ladder/tree stand.

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