Welcome to this week’s conservation update!

Hunting seasons kicked off last week with early teal and goose seasons! My lab and I ventured to some small potholes and mud flats, looking to try and start the season with a bang.

blue-winged teal feathers shot up close - conservation update

The feathers of a blue-winged teal displayed during a morning marsh hunt on September 5, 2022.

The Liberty Hunt for white-tailed deer is this weekend. This is an excellent opportunity to get that kid in your life outside and show them what conservation is all about. Take this opportunity to teach them the importance of harvesting a doe and how having a balanced herd is better for deer and deer hunters. I hope you and your family have plans to get outside in the coming weeks. Take the neighbor kid down the street or a niece or nephew. Make the hunt a family affair.

Learn more about the Liberty Hunt rules and regulations in the 2022 Michigan Hunting Digest.

Michigan United Conservation Clubs has been busy hosting stewardship events and ramping up for what the lame duck legislative period might hold. The fall magazine arrived in mailboxes last week, and digital subscribers will receive their link on Thursday.

Please send me any comments or criticisms regarding the fall magazine. Your voice matters, and it helps me grow as your editor. You can also view the past four issues on our homepage.

MUCC Policy Desk

A quiet fall has legislators back in their districts and readying for the November elections.

Here are a few policy issues you can learn more about or act on today:

MUCC On the Ground program unveils new logo hoping to reach new conservationists

On the Ground Stewardship logo - conservation update

Next year marks the 10th anniversary for MUCC’s award-winning stewardship program On the Ground (OTG). What better way to celebrate such a milestone than by giving the program a facelift to reflect its evolution and betterment of our natural resources?

OTG is funded through a memorandum of understanding with the DNR Wildlife Division. To learn more about our past ten years, the logo update and how to get involved, read our recent blog.

Stewardship through On the Ground

On Saturday, August 27, a small but mighty crew of volunteers joined MUCC’s OTG program in partnership with the DNR to repair accessible hunting blinds and clear shooting lanes in the Central Unit of Maple River State Game Area.

These deer blinds are available to any public land hunter to use on a first-come, first-served basis and are also accessible by wheelchair/track chair. They are located in Gratiot County on Smith Road, just north of the Maple Road intersection.

You, too, can help improve hunter access and wildlife habitat on public land in Michigan with MUCC’s OTG program! Visit mucc.org/on-the-ground/ to view details and register for upcoming volunteer projects.

I hope you have a successful and safe youth deer season if you and your family are able to get out.

Yours in Conservation,

Nick Green, Editor