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Sports
7:00 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Michigan's governor signs new hunting fees into law

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Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

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.

Erin McDonough is with the Michigan United Conservation Clubs. She says updating fees and streamlining the number and types of licenses was long overdue.

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Politics & Government
9:09 am
Thu November 15, 2012

In this morning's Michigan news headlines....

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I-96 shooter suspect to undergo competency exam

The man accused of randomly shooting at motorists along Interstate 96 made his his first appearances in court yesterday. Raulie Wayne Casteel was arrested last week for the shootings.

More from the Detroit Free Press:

Making his first physical appearances in court, the 43-year-old father from Wixom had pre-examination conferences Wednesday in district courts in Howell and Novi. He faces numerous felony charges, including assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a weapon with unlawful intent and intentionally firing a firearm from a vehicle.

Neither of Casteel's attorneys would comment after the hearings.

Chrysler to announce new jobs today

More signs of recovery for Chrysler. From the Detroit Free Press:

Chrysler will provide more evidence today that its recovery is in full swing as it details plans to invest $238 million in three Michigan plants and add about 1,250 jobs so it can ramp up production of its engines and pickups.

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and UAW Vice President General Holiefield are scheduled to be at Chrysler's Mack Avenue Engine I plant this morning for the announcement.

Firearm deer hunting season starts today

Hunters are taking to their favorite spots as firearm deer season begins today.

Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody reports, fewer licenses are being handed out this season:

The day before the start of firearms deer season is usually the busiest day at retailers who sell hunting licenses. The state has reduced the number of antlerless deer licenses because of a viral disease, known as Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease or EHD.   The disease has been present in Michigan for decades.   But this year, weather conditions led to an unusually early outbreak of the disease.

State officials say virus has killed more than 13,000 deer this fall in more than 30 Michigan counties.

Sports
6:57 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Michigan hunters lining up for fewer deer licenses

The line of hunters seeking deer licenses stayed steady across the state today
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Some Michigan hunters are just learning today that they won’t be able to bag as many deer this year as they have in the past.

Firearms deer season begins tomorrow.  The day before the start of firearms deer season is usually the busiest day at retailers who sell hunting licenses.

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Sports
11:09 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Deer baiting is once again legal in Michigan's Lower Peninsula

The crackle of gunfire can be heard today across Michigan as the state’s firearm deer season opens.   

For the first time in three years, hunters in the Lower Peninsula are legally using piles of food to lure deer. Deer baiting was temporarily banned after a Kent County deer tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in 2008. The ban was lifted earlier this year after no more deer tested positive for the disease.   

Dean Molnar is with the Department of Natural Resources law enforcement division.  He says baiting can be effective if done properly.   

“I think in some particular areas it will be beneficial for folks to be able to see deer and harvest them…especially in areas where (the deer) have minimal habitat," says Molnar.   

Something else new this year, hunters are getting younger. The state is permitting ten and eleven year olds to hunt deer, as long as they are accompanied by an adult. The previous age limit was twelve.

Sports
1:01 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Into the woods - Michigan's firearms deer season starts today

Hunter Gabe Van Wormer walks in the woods a few days before the start of firearms deer season.
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

Today across Michigan many businesses are closed, absenteeism is up and even state legislators are taking the day off. This is Michigan’s unofficial state holiday, the first day of firearm deer season.  

Hunter Gabe Van Wormer and I recently went walking through some woods just north of Lansing. The area is hemmed in with suburban neighborhoods. But there are deer in these woods.  

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Sports
1:54 pm
Mon March 14, 2011

Young Guns: State House committee may vote to eliminate minimum hunting age

(mountlebanonlouisiana.com)

The State House Natural Resources, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation committee tomorrow will consider legislation to allow young children to hunt in Michigan.  Michigan currently allows children as young as 10 to hunt with a bow and as young as 12 to use a firearm to hunt deer. 

Peter Pettalia is a state representative from Presque Island in northern lower Michigan.  His bill would eliminate the age limit, as along as the young hunter has an adult with them.  

“It gives parents the right to determine when their children are ready in their eyes to safely hunt.   So myself, if I have a grandchild I believe could carry a weapon to hunt, it gives me the opportunity to decide that.”

Pettalia says allowing children to take part may help reverse the decline in the number of hunters in Michigan.   

“We have thousands, hundreds of thousands of acres of huntable land, yet we have the worst hunter recruitment rate in the nation and dwindling hunter retention numbers.”  

Pettalia says he doubts allowing young children to hunt with their parents or adult mentors will increase hunting accidents.   

Hunting Season
5:54 pm
Mon November 29, 2010

Firearm deer season comes to a close Tuesday

Deer
Noel Zia Lee/Flickr

Tuesday is the final day for a Michigan fall tradition….firearm deer season.

Brent Rudolph is Deer and Elk Program leader for the Department of Natural Resources and Environment.  He says deer season got off to a slow start two weeks ago. But, he says:

We have heard talk that both that first weekend…and the long Thanksgiving weekend…having a decent number of hunters. 

Rudolph says it will be next Spring before a final estimate for the number of deer harvested during the past two weeks will be known.