Some of our readers may recall that back in July we discussed the need for Michigan’s own version of the conservation educational campaign which has become known as the Colorado Model. The recently approved Michigan hunting and angling license restructuring package includes funding for Michigan’s own outreach initiative, but requires formal legislative authorization.
This legislative authorization is now available in the form of Michigan House Bill 4993 (Rep. Jon Bumstead). Given the level of misinformation which has been circulated recently about hunters and anglers in an effort to mislead the non-hunting majority, such an effort can’t come any too soon.
Our July post described the video which was produced by The Nimrod Society which discusses the educational initiative launched in Colorado in response to the numerous ballot initiatives in that state which sought to limit these sporting traditions. This video, titled Colorado Model, explains the history of this educational program which is overseen by what is now known as the Colorado Wildlife Council. Just in case you missed the first link, this 10 minute video can also be viewed by clicking here.
The point is, Michigan’s citizens need to be better informed about the important role in fisheries and wildlife management which is played by hunters and anglers. Sportsmen were this nation’s first conservationists and remain the single largest source of funding which benefit all forms of wildlife.
We urge you to contact Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and respectfully ask him to bring HB 4993 up for a vote. Senator Richardville’s office can be reached by calling (517) 373-3543.