Michigan – Tom Pink

Anglers question brook trout proposal

Many anglers and trout guides are not pleased with a recent decision by the Natural Resources Commission to override a Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division recommendation on Upper Peninsula brook trout creel limits. Earlier this year, the Department of Natural Resources sought to get anglers' opinions on the brook trout creel limit. Currently set at five fish per day…

Humane Society should remain mute on swan policy

Mute swans may not have much of a voice but the people who love them are doing a lot of squawking as the Department of Natural Resources attempts to reduce the population of this invasive species that has increased to about 15,000 birds statewide. Recent public hearings in southern parts of the state have generated all sorts of comments and…

Is 10 brook trout too many?

The Department of Natural Resources’ proposed change in the brook trout creel limit from five fish to 10 fish is more controversial than I thought it would be. It wasn’t that long ago that the daily limit was 10 fish, and it had been 10 for quite a few years. From what I understand, the change from 10 to five…

Conservation organizations, hunters should work hand-in-hand

Hunters sometimes look down their noses at some conservation organizations, particularly those that don’t seem to be perfectly aligned with their interests. National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, Quality Deer Management Association – to name just a few – are organizations that more or less make their missions plain in their titles. It’s not always as evident with groups such as…

Baby, it’s warm outside

Whether you believe humans are contributing to whatever it is that is causing our climate to change, it is indeed changing. Here it is early January and the chances of me cutting my grass one more time seem to be better than having to shovel my driveway anytime soon. Ice anglers started to get out on schedule in the Upper…

Cougars are here; will they stay?

The recent images of a cougar recorded on trail cameras in the Upper Peninsula have been interesting. The animal has been doing a lot of traveling in Michigan and is thought to have come all the way from South Dakota. The DNR says additional images of the cat, which is wearing a radio collar, were recorded in Wisconsin. South Dakota…

Sault Tribe can’t fit moose in its game bag

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians just announced this month that its Inland Conservation Committee voted to oppose Michigan’s proposed moose hunt. The tribe’s new chairman, Joe Eitrem, was quoted in the news this week saying, “The Sault Tribe is not in agreement with the state of Michigan concerning the appropriateness of a moose hunt.” The tribe’s action…

The NRC made me a criminal

I don’t want to belabor the Natural Resources Commission’s latest decision on the practice of baiting and feeding deer in Michigan, but I have to say that reading follow-up articles on the subject and listening to other hunters talk about it has been interesting, to say the least.One of the arguments used by both NRC members and hunters in their…

What’s happening with Michigan’s HAP

Michigan hunters – especially those who live in the southern part of the Lower Peninsula – should weigh in during the comment period for the Department of Natural Resources’ Hunting Access Program (HAP) before the June 8 deadline. The DNR is seeking to increase the program from its current 8,000 acres.The program was created to increase hunting opportunities, particularly in…

Louisiana Closes Two Oyster Harvest Areas, Allows Some Oyster Relocation

Precautionary closures protect human health; relocation of oysters helps prevent further damage to commercial industry Louisiana officials announced precautionary closures of two oyster harvesting areas on May 13 that are receiving large amounts of freshwater intrusion from the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway and from the Mississippi River. Officials also announced that oysters in some areas east of the…

Hooray for me; the heck with you

I’ve been disappointed reading many of the comments left by hunters in response to articles published in statewide news media about the meetings on the Lower Peninsula deer baiting ban. So many of those commenting seem to have no concern for anyone else but themselves.Hunting seems to be like everything else these days – infected with the prevalent “hooray for…

Why are we raising wild pigs?

While just about every other state that is home to feral hogs is looking for ways to get rid of them and spending millions in the effort, Michigan, it seems, is looking for ways to increase its pig population. The “sport swine industry” is working with the state legislature on regulations that will stop a Department of Natural Resources order…

Hunters gaining ground in SE Michigan

With hunters and snowmobilers fighting to maintain their right to use the Huron-Manistee National Forest, and hunting property being nibbled away here and there around the state, it is quite nice to see what’s happening in southeast Michigan’s Washington Township right now. In February, the township board, on the advice of a committee formed a year ago, voted unanimously to…

Poached wolf doesn’t sit well on my plate

I heard a news report on the radio the other day that said a poached wolf had been found in Chippewa County. It struck me as curious because I’d never tried poached wolf – I’ve always had mine roasted. I’m just kidding, of course, and while I merely rolled my eyes at the strange wording in the news report, I…

Share the forest with hunters, snowmobilers

Have you ever noticed that when certain interest groups whine about the use of public forests, it’s always the hunters who are shoved to the side?Think about it – when was the last time you were at a meeting about forest improvement or discussing trails in a group when you heard a hunter stand up and say, “I think this…

Hands off Natural Resources Trust Fund

With all the problems facing our state right now, you have to wonder about a guy who would waste our time with an idea like that being proposed by State Rep. David Agema. Agema (R-Grandville) is seeking to divert 80 percent of the cash generated by the Michigan Natural Resource Trust Fund. He has proposed three bills that would put…

Let’s go on a moose hunt

By the time you read this, Governor Jennifer Granholm may have already signed a law to allow the state Natural Resources Commission to establish Michigan’s first moose hunt. The governor has signaled her intent to sign a bill put before her as one of her last items of business as she leaves office, but you never know. For the good…