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March 19th, 2013

A new hunting, fishing, and trapping license fee package is on the table, presented by Governor Rick Snyder as part of his 2014 budget.

MUCC has provided background information and perspective on the approach it has taken in evaluating the current license proposal. We are very much in support of a simpler, smarter license structure and system and sustainable funding for conservation, so long as the funding is used appropriately and the expenditures are presented openly and clearly to the public.

We hope you are too.

Please join us and at least 24 other statewide and regional organizations in contacting your Michigan Senator and Representative, as well as the members of the Appropriations Subcommittees to let them know that sportsmen and women support this license restructuring and simplification. While the details of the package are still being worked out, it is important that they keep this in the appropriations budget as it moves forward.

Michigan House of Representatives: Contact Your Rep
Michigan Senate: Contact Your Senator

Senate Appropriations:

House of Representatives Appropriations:

Please call this week!

In addition, legislators return to their districts over their spring break (March 22-April 7). Find out when they might have coffee hours over the break and join them to discuss this proposal.

Michigan currently has 227 different hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses. The new proposal simplifies the buying experience by whittling that number down to below 50. The proposal also changes the fee structure that will likely bring in an additional $18 million dollars. The DNR has published the projected outcomes of what they would accomplish for sportsmen and women with the additional funds. With these published outcomes and more department transparency seen through their annual wildlife and fisheries reports and strategic planning efforts, MUCC and our partners feel we have a better opportunity to track and hold the department accountable for these outcomes.

But there is no question that long-term, sustainable funding for conservation is of critical importance.

Call today and support a better outdoors for tomorrow.

Click HERE to download a copy of MUCC’s final report on the license proposal.

  • David W. Recker

    I’m a non-resident who has been vacationing in Michigan for over 40 yrs and the recent proposal to raise non-resident fishing license fees is totally out of balance. I fish in Hillsdale, Branch, and St. Joseph counties, and I haven”t seen any visible improvement done by the state. All maintenance of access sites are done by the counties or local organizations. The locals pretty much run the lake. They establish organizations who pool their money and kill off weeds so they can romp around on their jet ski machines and party. I guess the MUCC has caved in to the socialites and want the lakes to be ruff and wavy, not fishable. Do you realize what an impact the non-resident vacationer would have on cabin rentals, bait shops, gas stations, and grocery stores ; if they felt that they would be singled out as the prime funder for Michigan’s big dreams. Stand Up for the people! Fishing & Hunting Licenses are all computerized, DNR doesn’t have to sweat anymore. (Doubt if they did before) I believe your Governor is a One-term Governor.Don’t help him screw-up your state anymore than he already has.

  • ChasedByABear

    I’m all for increasing and simplifying, but like David W. Recker, I too am a non resident, and a senior on a pension, who fishes in MI on an average of 6 to 8 weeks a year. Jumping from $42 to $75 seems rather drastic, especially when I return all my fish. It might make more sense to at least offer a “non resident / resident conservation license with reduced possession limits ” for $50 for those who prefer to minimize there take. But then after looking at this proposal and seeing that annual resident license fee’s actually go DOWN??? How fair is that!! …while hitting hard the non resident… who brings in a lot of money to the state, for the pleasure, with lodging, food, guides, gear, etc… that just doesn’t make sense. As a state it seems that you’re biting the tourism hand that feeds you. I grew up there. I still think of it as my home. Pure Michigan, maybe, but I’m on a pension and live in economically depressed, Southwestern, Ontario. Like I said, I’d gladly pay more for the privilege to fish in MI IF the money goes to maintaining the fisheries, wildlife and conservation. BUT it only seems fair that residence also do the same.

  • Craig

    You non residents are really complaining about a license raise of $33??? Really? That is small potatoes in the overall picture of what you spend throughout the year. A lot of us residents support the raise in fees. It is the cheapest part about hunting, yet has the greatest impact. I surely hope them goofball politicians get this right and go through with these raises.

  • Tom Matych

    The current budget well over half goes to salaries and benefits. $44 million for pensions. Lakes overrun with invasives, no plan to fix it. Forces non-salmon fisherman (majority) to pay to stock salmon? More money wont help.

  • Saul Goode

    Increases appear to be rather drastic and will hurt not help our right to hunt and fish.History has shown that more money breeds corruption not actually fixing the problem!!!

  • Phillip Branstetter

    OOPS! For all those Canadian non-residents fishing in MI, an Ontario fishing license for a non-resident has always been higher than a non-resident license for a MI fishing license. As of today the cost for an Ontario non-resident 1-year all species fishing license is $9.68 for the handy dandy Sportsmen card plus $79.88 for the fishing license, which totals to $89.56. Makes MI non-resident license look less expensive again. I have a 3-year non-resident Ontario fishing license and consider it to be the least expense of my enjoyable fishing experiences in Canada’s great water land.

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