Archive | October, 2012

American Eagle Compact – “Because Conservation Doesn’t Have A Party”

October 29, 2012

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October 26, 2012 Regular readers of this site may recall our National Sportsmen’s Organizations Not Exempt from Party Politics post from October 4, 2012. In it, we waxed nostalgic about a time when hunters, anglers and conservationists resisted party politics for the advancement of their collective causes. These issues joined sportsmen (gender-neutral as always) of […]

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U.P. Brook Trout – The October Surprise

October 24, 2012

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Regardless of which side of the debate you find yourself on, the one thing we can probably all agree on is that the deliberations concerning the daily harvest limit for Michigan upper peninsula  brook trout has been troubled from the onset.  We last posted on the issue back in August (U.P. Brook Trout – The […]

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Poaching: The Bigger the Buck, the Bigger the Fine?

October 21, 2012

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By Drew YoungeDyke, NMCN Contributing Editor It would be nice if hunting never got to this point: where the single-minded focus of killing a big buck sometimes overshadows the cultural and culinary experience of hunting an elusive animal and honoring it by sharing its meat with friends, family and the needy. Anyone who watches much […]

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Wolf Hearings Begin

October 18, 2012

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Following up on an earlier post appearing on this site back in July (Wolf in the Room – https://nmconservationnetwork.org/2012/07/24/the-wolf-in-the-room/ ), legislative hearings have begun in both the Michigan House and Senate on bills which would add wolves to the list of Michigan game species. As we have discussed in the past, this is a necessary […]

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One Elk Management Plan is Enough

October 14, 2012

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For those that did not happen to see it last Thursday, a video segment of interest was presented on two area television stations.  The subject of the story was an Onaway area farmer who has registered complaints about elk-related crop damage. We do not know who initiated the media event, but in addition to the television […]

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Senate Bill Misses the Forest for the Trees

October 8, 2012

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by Drew YoungeDyke – NMCN Contributing Editor A bill in the Michigan Senate would literally change the definition of conservation and remove biodiversity restoration from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR)’s responsibilities. SB 1276, introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R – Escanaba), prohibits the DNR from designating land for biological diversity. The bill is designed […]

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Reclaiming the Boardman River – Easy? “No” – Worth it? “Yes”

October 7, 2012

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No one ever said that a project which sets out to remove three dams and connect some 150 miles of riparian habitat along the Boardman River corridor in Grand Traverse County would be easy.  The recent partial and limited failure of a temporary dam installed at the Brown Bridge Dam pond should in no way […]

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National Sportsmen’s Organizations Not Exempt from Party Politics

October 4, 2012

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As we approach the culmination of another painful election cycle, it has become increasingly clear that many national conservation and sportsmen organizations have found it necessary to choose sides and align more closely with one political party over the other.  It’s not a coincidence our collective voice as sportsmen-conservationists has been weakened in recent years […]

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