Outdoor Observations

Bill Parker

Michigan Editor

ANNIVERSARY TIME. It’s hard to believe, but Michigan Outdoor
News is entering its 10th year of publication.

We certainly would not have come this far without your
(subscribers) support. It is greatly appreciated. We also would not
have been so successful without the support of our advertisers and
hard-working ad reps, the dedication and attention to detail of our
staff in the home office, the incredibly talented production and
editorial staffs, and a stable of some of the best outdoor writers
in the state.

A huge “Thank You” goes out to everyone involved in making MON
the sportsman’s choice for news and information.

SPEAK UP. Deer hunters, listen up. Here is your chance to let
the DNR know exactly how your deer season went.

Many hunters harp about the need for mandatory deer check-in,
the lack of deer in their area, or excessive hunter pressure.
Here’s your chance to get it all off your chest. Participate in the
DNR’s online deer hunter survey. The DNR is encouraging all deer
hunters – regardless of if they killed a deer or not – to report
they hunting results.

Information obtained from the online survey will be added to the
DNR’s traditional mail survey and field observations to assist game
managers in estimating the 2008 harvest and to get an idea of what
hunters thought of the season.

“Our online survey provides all deer hunters with a unique
opportunity to directly affect the management of deer in Michigan,”
said DNR Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason in a prepared
statement.

This is an excellent opportunity to convey your message about
the 2008 deer season to the people who need to hear it. The survey
is available at www.michigan.gov/dnr. Look under
under “Hunting” and “Deer.” The deadline is April 1.

RAID BUSTER. It never fails to amaze me how politicians and
their cronies continually attempt to take money from restricted and
protected funds.

According to Michigan United Conservation Clubs, a
transportation funding task force, which was created by the
Legislature, recently suggested “redirecting” money (read raid)
from the constitutionally protected Natural Resources Trust Fund
for use on transportation projects.

The NRTF was created in 1976 and uses revenue from the sale and
lease of gas and mineral rights on state land to purchase
additional land for public recreation and protection.

Although these funds are protected by the state constitution,
some in the political circus eye the fund with disdain and envy,
and attempt to weasel away some of the funds every chance they
get.

Kudos to MUCC, which learned of the attempted raid and
immediately urged Gov. Jennifer Granholm to oppose the
proposal.

MUCC is continuing its opposition to this recommendation. If
you’d like to join the fight, contact Dave Nyberg at (517)
346-6462.

HERE’S WISHING_ALL_OF_YOU the best of luck in 2009 and a safe,
happy, and prosperous New Year!

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