View From The Blind by Tom Pink

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…

Fires change land but don't destroy it

A lot of attention has been devoted to the Duck Lake forest fire near the Luce/Chippewa county line in the Upper Peninsula. Fires happen every year in Michigan, but this year's dry, windy conditions fueled a blaze that made for…

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,…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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Pink

Tom Pink is a native of Michigan who has been hunting and fishing in the state for most of his life. He has been a freelance outdoor writer for 25 years and has been a columnist for Michigan Outdoor News since 2008.

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