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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…

Coho crazy

Back in the late 1960s, Michigan stocked the first salmon in Lake Michigan as an experiment. The experiment was a bright success. Those initial coho salmon were followed by brown trout, king salmon, steelhead and Atlantics. Those programs proved successful, as well.But cohos started it all and for many Michiganders, cohos remain their favorite.Sure, the kings are bigger, the browns…

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…

Great Lakes ‘Eddies’

Those of you enamored of all things Great Lakes might want to check out the online magazine called Eddies, a quarterly publication of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Conservation: www. fws.gov/eddies. The current issue is dedicated to Great Lakes fisheries conservation. Articles include past and present information about lampreys in the lakes, how…

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…

Singing Silently about Belize

It must have been a warm day just before the first lake-effect snows turned the world white for the winter. It must have been during the time my wife lit the fireplace for atmosphere rather than extra heat.That’s when the invitation must have been given to me to come to Marquette and Munising for a week of “silent sports.”Perhaps it…

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…

Back in the game

I remember when I got my first Penn 9M reels decades ago.  They were “hand-me-downs” from an elderly friend who grew too old to captain his own boat and became one of my regular fishing partners. I was excited, because they were the first “real” reels on my boat. With them, I could hook onto any fish in Lake Michigan…

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…

Stand up for your right to hunt

Gun hunting and snowmobiling could be outlawed on over 66,000 acres of the Huron-Manistee National Forest if the regional forester in charge of managing those public resources decides that’s the best management strategy for the area.  The H-MNF is presently undergoing a court-mandated review of the Huron-Manistee Land and Resource Management Plan.The Forest Service approved the plan in 2006, but…

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…

Missing my treasures

I walked into the barn room and was taken back by the stark emptiness This is the room where I finish the furs I take from my trap line.  At the beginning of the season there are just a few pelts, but more are added each day.  Soon, the room seems crowded with the dried skins of coyotes, raccoons, muskrats…

Judge orders protections reinstated for gray wolf

Helena, Montana (AP) – A federal judge has reinstated protections for wolves in Montana and Idaho, saying the government made a political decision in removing the protections from just two of the states where Northern Rocky Mountain wolves roam. The decision halts wolf hunts in Montana and Idaho this fall. Montana wildlife regulators last month set the wolf-hunt quota at…

Gladwin man guilty of illegally killing wolf in U.P.

DNRE Report Gladwin, Mich. — A Gladwin man was sentenced recently before Judge W. Clayton Graham in 92nd District Court in St. Ignace on one count of illegally killing a gray wolf. Michael Greaves, 47, was found guilty and ordered to pay $500 in fines and costs, along with $1,500 in restitution. His hunting privileges were also suspended for one…

Michigan DNRE hosts open house July 27 in Pigeon River Country Forest Management Unit

DNRE Report Gaylord, Mich. — The Department of Natural Resources and Environment will host an open house on Tuesday, July 27, to provide information and receive public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2012 in the Pigeon River Country Management Unit. The open house will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Pigeon River Country Headquarters office,…

Michigan anglers reminded about bait restrictions

Lansing — Now that most fishing seasons have opened, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminds anglers that the use of salmon eggs or minnows for bait is restricted in some waters as part of a strategy to slow the spread of viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS). Anglers who purchase spawn or minnows for bait should make sure it is certified…

Meetings planned across Michigan to solicit input on proposed trout regulation changes

Lansing — A series of statewide public meetings will be held on proposed changes to trout fishing regulations to give anglers a chance to provide input on the draft plan. A copy of the draft plan is available online to review at www.michigan.gov/dnrfishing . A year ago, the DNRE’s Fisheries Division presented a proposal to the public for modifying regulations governing…

Legislation would force Mich. DNRE to sell public land

HERE WE GO AGAIN. Last year, Rep. Joel Sheltrown (D- West Branch) introduced a bill that would force the DNRE to sell 475 acres of prime forestland in Iosco County’s Oscoda Township to an individual for the purpose of developing a golf course. The bill passed the House, but lost steam in the Senate. Now an identical bill, SB 730, has been introduced in the…

Forest management meeting slated for Traverse City

Traverse City, Mich. — The Department of Natural Resources and Environment will host an open house for the Traverse City area on Wednesday, June 30, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the DNRE’s Traverse City Field Office, located at 970 Emerson Rd. in Traverse City. The purpose of the open house is to provide information and receive public comment on proposed…

DNRE adopts new deer management plan

Lansing — The Department of Natural Resources and Environment has adopted its first-ever comprehensive statewide deer management plan designed to guide management decisions into the future. The plan is the result of more than two years of effort by DNRE staff and deer management partners from around the state. The Deer Advisory Team, a group composed of 24 representatives of groups…