hunting http://michiganradio.org en State elections board approves petition to allow wolf hunting in Michigan's UP http://michiganradio.org/post/state-elections-board-approves-petition-allow-wolf-hunting-michigans <p>A petition that would allow future wolf hunts in the Upper Peninsula is headed to the state Legislature.</p><p>The initiative would allow the hunts regardless of how two anti-wolf hunting referendums turn out.</p><p>A state elections board approved almost 300,000 petition signatures for the proposal today.</p><p>State lawmakers have 40 days to pass the measure. Otherwise, it will go on the statewide ballot in November.</p><p>Bob LaBrant is with the group that gathered the signatures. He says it’s clear the Legislature supports wolf hunting and will approve the measure.</p><p>“We think the Legislature, who’s already dealt with this subject twice only to be frustrated by referendums, will prevail in the end.”</p><p>The petition could still be challenged in court. Opponents of wolf hunting say it deals with too many issues unrelated to wolf hunting.</p><p><em>*This post has been updated.</em></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:25:40 +0000 Jake Neher 18499 at http://michiganradio.org State elections board approves petition to allow wolf hunting in Michigan's UP Stateside for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-feb-27-2014 <p>You’ve heard it before, folks, time and time again. In today's economy, the more education one attains after high school, the better, right? But what if some students might be better served in other settings, academic or otherwise? Is it time for Michigan to develop some credible alternatives for high school grads? We’ll find out more on today’s show.</p><p>Then, we spoke to Daniel Howes about his reporting on Detroit's historic bankruptcy.&nbsp;</p><p>And, Fifth Third Ballpark wants to expand its concessions menu. We took a look at some of the food options fans can vote for, including deep-fried lasagna and a bacon-and-chocolate taco.</p><p>Also, how can we keep young entrepreneurs fresh out of college in Michigan? The Michigan Collegiate Innovation Prize awards them for launching their start-ups in state.</p><p>And, a new fee system for hunting and fishing goes into effect soon, and it’s the first significant raise in over 15 years. We spoke with Ed Golder of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources about what’s behind this increase.</p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit Mayor Michael Duggan delivered his first State of the City speech last night before a packed, invitation-only crowd. And his message was clear: We are going to change what it means to live in Detroit.</span></p><p>Even among those who have a "wait-and-see" attitude, the mayor's speech is being praised for what many believe is a refreshing attention to detail and the sense that a team is at work.</p><p>Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer joined us today.</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:55:51 +0000 Stateside Staff 16647 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 Hunting and fishing fees raised significantly for 1st time in over 15 years http://michiganradio.org/post/hunting-and-fishing-fees-raised-significantly-1st-time-over-15-years <p>If you like to hunt or fish in Michigan, heads up. There's a new fee system going into effect this coming Saturday, March 1.</p><p>It's the first significant hike in hunting and fishing fees in over 15 years.</p><p>Ed Golder of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources joined us today to tell us what's new and what the increase will go toward.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:54:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 16644 at http://michiganradio.org Hunting and fishing fees raised significantly for 1st time in over 15 years 2 Michigan hunters face charges for illegally killing cougar http://michiganradio.org/post/2-michigan-hunters-face-charges-illegally-killing-cougar <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State Natural Resources officials say two Bay County men face charges after a cougar was illegally killed in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.<br /><br />Officials say Friday in a release that conservation officers arrested the men after receiving a tip that the cat was killed at a hunting camp in northeast Schoolcraft County.<br /><br />The case will be turned over to the county prosecutor.<br /> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 17:49:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15796 at http://michiganradio.org 2 Michigan hunters face charges for illegally killing cougar How Michigan hunters help solve the state’s hunger problem http://michiganradio.org/post/how-michigan-hunters-help-solve-state-s-hunger-problem <p>With Michigan’s hunting season underway, one group of sportsmen is urging their fellow hunters to make a difference with each buck they bag.</p><p><a href="http://www.sportsmenagainsthunger.org/">Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger</a> connects hunters, processors and charities to help feed the hungry.</p><p>But how does a deer taken in Kalkaska wind up on the tables of hungry families?</p><p>Neal Easterbook, the vice president of MSAH, talks with us about the group.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 21:51:28 +0000 Stateside Staff 15347 at http://michiganradio.org How Michigan hunters help solve the state’s hunger problem Wolf hunters hoping for more wintry weather in the Upper Peninsula http://michiganradio.org/post/wolf-hunters-hoping-more-wintry-weather-upper-peninsula <p><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10370_12145_12205-32569--,00.html">Hunters have killed six wolves</a> during the first three days of Michigan’s controversial wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p>Unseasonably warm weather has played a part in the hunt so far.</p><p>Debbie Munson-Badini is a spokeswoman with the Department of Natural Resources.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; She says snow in the forecast is good news for most hunters in the Upper Peninsula.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:29:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15322 at http://michiganradio.org Wolf hunters hoping for more wintry weather in the Upper Peninsula Some Michigan deer hunters face new restrictions this weekend http://michiganradio.org/post/some-michigan-deer-hunters-face-new-restrictions-weekend <p>This weekend, tens of thousands of deer hunters are stalking Michigan’s woods.</p><p>In some parts of the state, hunters have to stop to count the points on a buck’s antlers before they pull the trigger.</p><p>State wildlife officials have expanded an<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/som/0,4669,7-192-29938-312770--,00.html"> ‘antler point restriction’ program</a> into 12 Lower Peninsula counties.</p> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 20:31:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15318 at http://michiganradio.org Some Michigan deer hunters face new restrictions this weekend Hunters snap up licenses for Michigan wolf hunt http://michiganradio.org/post/hunters-snap-licenses-michigan-wolf-hunt <p>MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - Michigan&#39;s first wolf hunt is turning out to be a hot ticket.<br /><br />Officials say more than 1,000 licenses were sold Saturday, leaving just 100 by evening. The hunt starts Nov. 15 and runs through the end of the year.<br /><br />The Natural Resources Commission is allowing 43 wolves to be killed in seven Upper Peninsula counties. Opponents hoping to stop future hunts are gathering petition signatures for a statewide vote.<br /><br />A wolf license costs $100 for a Michigan resident and $500 for a non-resident.<br /> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 17:47:44 +0000 The Associated Press 14635 at http://michiganradio.org Hunters snap up licenses for Michigan wolf hunt Wolf hunt licenses go on sale Saturday, while hunt opponents plan busy weekend too. http://michiganradio.org/post/wolf-hunt-licenses-go-sale-saturday-while-hunt-opponents-plan-busy-weekend-too <p>Beginning tomorrow, Michigan hunters will start laying down $100 for a license to hunt wolves in the Upper Peninsula this fall. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>State wildlife officials admit they don&rsquo;t know if the wolf hunt licenses will sell out. &nbsp;&nbsp;The licenses will be available for hunters as young as 10 years old and from out of state.&nbsp;</p><p>1,200 licenses are being sold for the wolf hunt which starts November 15.</p><p>It&rsquo;s the first wolf hunt since the gray wolf rebounded from near extinction in the Upper Peninsula.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>But along with people buying wolf hunting licenses, there will be people working this weekend to protect the wolves.</p><p>Jill Fritz is with Keep Michigan Wolves Protected.&nbsp; Her group is collecting signatures on a petition to put a challenge to the wolf hunt law on next year&rsquo;s ballot.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re encountering an enthusiastic public everywhere we go.&nbsp; Whether we&rsquo;re out in front of a library in Marquette or at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids,&rdquo; says Fritz.&nbsp;</p><p>The Department of Natural Resources has set a goal of killing 43 wolves in this fall&rsquo;s hunt.&nbsp; The hunt will take place in 3 separate zones in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Supporters say the U.P.&rsquo;s growing wolf population is threatening livestock and household pets. Detractors complain the hunt will indiscriminately kill wolves and may make wolf attacks on livestock more common.</span></p><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 04:48:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14611 at http://michiganradio.org Wolf hunt licenses go on sale Saturday, while hunt opponents plan busy weekend too. Michigan's governor signs new hunting fees into law http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-governor-signs-new-hunting-fees-law <p>Governor Rick Snyder has signed an overhaul to Michigan’s hunting and fishing fees. The new law raises many license fees starting next March, but greatly reduces the number of licenses available for sale.</p><p>Erin McDonough is with the Michigan United Conservation Clubs. She says updating fees and streamlining the number and types of licenses was long overdue.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 23:00:57 +0000 Rick Pluta 14467 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's governor signs new hunting fees into law In this morning's headlines: Snyder bankruptcy questions, adoption restrictions, hunting fees http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-snyder-bankruptcy-questions-adoption-restrictions-hunting-fees <p><strong>Gov. Snyder will answer questions on Detroit bankruptcy</strong></p><p>"Gov. Rick Snyder has agreed to answer questions in a deposition about his decision to let Detroit file for bankruptcy protection. Attorneys for Snyder and other state officials had been resisting testifying based on executive privilege. Unions opposed to the bankruptcy say Snyder's sworn testimony is important. They say Detroit is ineligible for Chapter 9, a process that could let the city shed billions in long-term debt," the Associated Press <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-will-answer-questions-detroit-bankruptcy">reports.</a><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Proposal to allow religious and moral objections in adoption placements</strong></p><p>A bill being considered in the state House would allow adoption agencies to refuse to place children in homes based on religious or moral beliefs. More details on the bill can be found <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130911/NEWS06/309110037/Bill-would-allow-religious-moral-objections-adoption-placements">here. </a></p><p><strong>Increased hunting and fishing fees move forward</strong></p><p>"Michigan lawmakers have given final approval to the first significant increase in hunting and fishing license fees since 1997. Legislation passed by the House will raise about $20 million more, a 40 percent boost," the Associated Press reports. More details on the fees can be found <a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/09/michigan_house_gives_final_app_1.html">here. </a></p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:49:11 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14369 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Snyder bankruptcy questions, adoption restrictions, hunting fees Licenses are expected to go on sale later this month for Michigan's planned wolf hunt http://michiganradio.org/post/licenses-are-expected-go-sale-later-month-michigans-planned-wolf-hunt <p>State wildlife officials continue to prepare for this fall’s controversial wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p></p><p>The hunt is set to begin in three zones in the U.P. in mid-November.</p><p></p><p>Hunters will try to kill 43 wolves during the hunt. There are fewer than 700 adult wolves in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p></p><p>Adam Bump is with the Department of Natural Resources. He says they are still working on the logistics for the hunt, including putting hunting licenses up for sale at the end of September.</p><p></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 04:28:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14233 at http://michiganradio.org Licenses are expected to go on sale later this month for Michigan's planned wolf hunt Wolf hunt opponents launch 2nd petition drive to ban the hunt http://michiganradio.org/post/wolf-hunt-opponents-launch-2nd-petition-drive-ban-hunt <p>A new petition drive is being launched to stop Michigan from holding a wolf hunt.</p><p></p><p>Last winter, more than a quarter million people signed petitions to put a ban on wolf hunting on the November, 2014 ballot.</p><p></p><p>But, state lawmakers passed a second law circumventing the petition, opening the door for a wolf hunt this fall. Thus the need for a second referendum petition drive.</p><p></p><p>Wayne Pacelle is the president of the Humane Society of the United States. He expects they will easily collect more than 200 thousand signatures.</p><p></p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:08:50 +0000 Steve Carmody 13935 at http://michiganradio.org Wolf hunt opponents launch 2nd petition drive to ban the hunt Wolf hunt opponents continue petition effort http://michiganradio.org/post/wolf-hunt-opponents-continue-petition-effort <p>Opponents of Michigan’s planned wolf hunt are training petition circulators this weekend for the effort to put a second referendum on the ballot.</p><p>A big part of the training will be to answer the question “Didn’t we already do this?”</p><p></p><p>The answer is yes….and no.</p><p></p><p>Last winter, wolf hunting opponents collected enough signatures to put the issue on the November 2014 ballot and sidetrack plans for a wolf hunt this fall. But state lawmakers passed a new law this Spring and put the hunt back on track.</p><p></p> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 17:46:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13919 at http://michiganradio.org Wolf hunt opponents continue petition effort Strong demand for wolf hunting licenses in Michigan delays sale date http://michiganradio.org/post/strong-demand-wolf-hunting-licenses-michigan-delays-sale-date <p><strong>Update 7/30/13 9:25a.m.</strong></p><p>The DNR announced this morning it will delay wolf hunting license sales until September 28th. The licenses were to go on sale this Saturday, August 3rd.&nbsp;&nbsp;Licenses will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:55:06 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13744 at http://michiganradio.org Strong demand for wolf hunting licenses in Michigan delays sale date Senate to vote on 'hunting rights' amendment, could derail wolf hunt referendum http://michiganradio.org/post/senate-vote-hunting-rights-amendment-could-derail-wolf-hunt-referendum <p>The state Senate is poised to vote on a measures that would circumvent a referendum on the law that allows wolf hunting. More than a hundred demonstrators showed up at the state Capitol today to protest the legislation.</p><p>It would let an appointed state board determine what species may be hunted.</p><p>Julie Baker led the ballot campaign to reverse the 1996 law that allowed hunting of mourning doves.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:08:15 +0000 Rick Pluta 12260 at http://michiganradio.org Senate to vote on 'hunting rights' amendment, could derail wolf hunt referendum State officials to recommend a wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula http://michiganradio.org/post/state-officials-recommend-wolf-hunt-upper-peninsula <p>State wildlife officials plan to recommend Thursday that Michigan hold a wolf hunt this Fall in the U.P.</p><p></p><p>Gray wolves in Michigan were until recently listed as an endangered species. There are about 700 wolves in Michigan. Farmers say the growing wolf population is a threat to livestock.</p><p></p><p>The Michigan Natural Resources Commission will receive a recommendation to kill 47 wolves, as part of a hunt, focused in three parts of the Upper Peninsula. The commission may vote next month to set the dates for a wolf hunt.</p><p></p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:44:46 +0000 Steve Carmody 12082 at http://michiganradio.org State officials to recommend a wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula You might be voting on a wolf hunt in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/you-might-be-voting-wolf-hunt-michigan <p>In 1973, there were around a half a dozen wolves in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.</p><p>Today, there are around 700, and some hunters and legislators want to establish a hunting season for the wolves.</p><p>Others want to stop that effort.</p><p>If the group "Keep Michigan Wolves Protected" succeeds in collecting enough signatures, you'll be asked to vote on a potential wolf hunt in November 2014.</p><p>The group has to collect 161,305 petition signatures by the end of March 27.</p><p>With three weeks left, Keep Michigan Wolves Protected says it has already collected more than 100,000 signatures. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 21:24:48 +0000 Mark Brush 11556 at http://michiganradio.org You might be voting on a wolf hunt in Michigan Commentary: Paying rational prices http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-paying-rational-prices <p>One day in the mid-1990s, a woman I knew went off to get her hair done.&nbsp;When the time came to pay, however, she offered the bewildered hairdresser less than a dollar. Suddenly, she wanted to pay everyone 1940’s prices. This didn’t go over very well. But it was soon clear that she was suffering from a fast-moving form of dementia. She wasn’t to blame for her idea that she ought to pay far less than things were worth.</p><p>However, those in charge of our state are to blame if they aren’t willing to charge what things are worth, or pay for things which are good long-term investments. We have two examples of that right now.</p><p>One is the governor’s call to raise hunting and fishing licenses. This set off howls of protests from sporting groups. But Michigan has been undercharging for these licenses for years, and the state -- and specifically the Department of Natural Resources -- have been losing out on millions badly needed for conservation.&nbsp;Much of that money from the pockets of out-of-state hunters.</p><p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:19:02 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 11215 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Paying rational prices Group gets green light to seek repeal of wolf hunt law from state board http://michiganradio.org/post/group-gets-green-light-seek-repeal-wolf-hunt-law-state-board <p>An animal welfare group has the green light to start collecting signatures in its attempt to stop a new law opening Michigan to a wolf hunt.</p><p>On Thursday, a state board approved petitions drafted by the group Keep Michigan Wolves Protected.</p><p>Michael Hodge is their attorney. He said there is no evidence that wolves are a problem in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p>“So it’s a hunting season for trophy hunters who want to kill an animal that just basically reappeared in the state of Michigan in recent years,” said Hodge.</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:29:27 +0000 Jake Neher 10834 at http://michiganradio.org Group gets green light to seek repeal of wolf hunt law from state board