October 23, 2019

Michigan Considering Raising License Fees. Attend Meeting And Speak Up

Most Michigan hunters by now have heard that the 19-member advisory commission has recommended to the Department of Natural Resources Commission that rates for fees charged to licensees be raised considerably. This is not setting well with many people.

Now is your opportunity to have something to say about it.

Northern Michigan residents can submit their opinions and concerns on proposed hunting and fishing license fee increases at a Wednesday, Dec. 20, hearing with state lawmakers in St. Ignace, hosted by Rep. Howard Walker, R-Traverse City.

The Michigan House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Natural Resources will meet 6:30-8 p.m. at the LaSalle High School, 443 W. Portage in St. Ignace. Walker, chair of the subcommittee, called a similar hearing on Dec. 6 in Lansing.

Don’t be one to sit back and complain. Whether you are for the increase or against it, this will probably be the only opportunity you will have to speak up. If you can’t attend the meeting, call Rep. Walker’s office and leave your comments with them. 1-800-REP-1046

Tom Remington

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Now's Your Chance To Be On Reality TV?

We’ve all heard of the World Hunting Association. They are the ones that decided that to better promote hunting they would pick a few good hunters and televise trophy hunts. It would be like a professional hunters organization. They wanted to mimic bass fishing sort of, kinda, well, almost but not really.

It now appears that the WHA is looking for some participants – five men and five women. I don’t know if the call going out is because they are having trouble finding anyone or this is just part of the process. Interested??? The Chattanoogan lists the requirements to apply and other details.

To enter, register at http://www.worldhunt.com/ , and then submit the following items:

1. The casting call video: Send us a video clip, (under five minutes) on why you should be on the TV show. Upload submissions to the website, in the preferred MPEG format or mail your entries to the WHA.

2. Submit a 1,000-word article on the future of the hunting industry.
3. Submit a 300-word article on your best hunting tips.
4. Submit up to 10 photos of yourself with your best game trophies.

All entries will be posted on http://www.worldhunt.com/ , where visitors can vote for their favorite submissions. The votes will determine the top 10 finalists (5 men and 5 women). The WHA Professionals will be selecting the final two contestants to participate in a cutting edge hunting Reality TV Show.

Tom Remington

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Free Beginner Class For GPS Being Offered By New Hampshire Fish And Game

This may be the best opportunity you will have to get a free course on how to use GPS – global positioning satellite – for hunting and basic woods and wilderness navigation.

CONCORD, N.H. – A beginning course for hunters on using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) will be offered on Saturday, January 6, 2007, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, N.H. There is no charge for the workshop. Please note that pre-registration is required. To register for the class, call (603) 536-1290. Participation is limited, and registration is handled on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

The course will be taught by Phil Haskell, a Fish and Game Hunter Education instructor and Owl Brook volunteer. It will introduce participants to what GPS is, how it works and how to use it as a navigation aid. A large part of the class focuses on helping participants learn how to use the unit, including navigating through the menus on the equipment. No experience is necessary. The Owl Brook Hunter Education Center will provide GPS units to use in the class, but participants may bring their own if they want practice.

The course includes an outdoor component, so it is important to bring warm clothing and be prepared for any kind of winter weather. After the classroom session, there will be an opportunity for participants to use the GPS to travel to and mark a position, as well as using the unit to establish and retrace a route.

CONTACT:
Patty Marcum or Sean Williamson, (603) 536-1290
Jane Vachon, (603) 271-3211

Tom Remington

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Help Out Veterans With Your Deer Hides

You can help out some American veterans by donating your deer hides. Find out how they will be used and how you can arrange a donation.

Tom Remington

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Maryland DNR Giving Away Public Lands For Private Use??

I received an email the other day from Sid Turner with an announcement about at meeting to discuss Maryland public land that has been closed to the public and made available to a private lodging establishment and their guests. Not wanting to believe what I was reading, I returned an email asking for more information to verify this as authentic and got pictures and contact information where I could verify.

In the notice about the public meeting, I read that Delegate George Edwards would be at this meeting. I have contacted his office and have as of this blog not heard anything back. Following further research, I now can sadly report that I have every reason to believe this is a true event.

If you live in Maryland, I would strongly encourage you to attend this meeting or at least contact your delegate and let them know how you feel about the state closing public lands to the public and turning it into a private hunting preserve for one abutting business owner. Everybody else will want to keep tabs on this story, as I will, as it can have sweeping effects on all of us.

Here is the first email as I received if from Sid Turner announcing the meeting.

CITIZENS AND HUNTERS MEETING
THIS MEETING WILL BE TO GATHER INPUT AND SUGGESTIONS PERTAINING TO THE STATE/DNR ALLOWING “SAVAGE RIVER LODGE” TO POST AND USE PUBLIC LAND FOR LODGE GUEST AND LODGE OWNERS. APPROXIMATELY 75 ACRES OF STATE HUNTING AND PUBLIC LAND HAS BEEN POSTED NO HUNTING NO WEAPONS BY THE STATE OF MARYLAND AND THE DNR FOR THE EXCLUSIVE USE BY LODGE GUEST AND ITS OWNERS. THE STATE HAS ALSO PROVIDED A RIGHT-OF-WAY ACROSS STATE LAND TO THE LODGE AND THIS RIGHT-OF-WAY IS POSTED AS WELL. SIGNS ARE POSTED AT THE RIGHT-OF-WAY ENTRANCE TO STAY OFF AND STAY OUT UNLESS YOU ARE A GUEST OF THE LODGE. THIS PREVENTS ACCESS TO THE 640 ACRES OF STATE LAND SURROUNDING SAVAGE RIVER LODGE. STATE EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN USED TO CUT TRAILS AND BUILD BRIDGES ON THIS 640 ACRES OF YOUR STATE LAND FOR THE USE OF LODGE GUEST AND OWNERS. LODGE OWNERS ARE ALSO ALLOWED THE UNRESTRICTED USE OF GATORS (ATV’S) TO TRAVEL THE TRAILS ON STATE LAND. BE AWARE THIS CAN AND WILL HAPPEN TO YOUR STATE HUNTING LANDS IF WE DON’T STOP THE ABUSE NOW. THE STATE LAND BELONGS TO YOU THE HUNTER, THE HIKER THE CITIZEN. PUBLIC LAND IS NOT FOR THE CHOSEN FEW TO POST AND CLAIM AS THEIR OWN. HELP US RECLAIM YOUR LAND. THE MEETING WILL BE TO COLLECT SUGGESTIONS AND INPUT SO THE POSTED SIGNS CAN BE REMOVED AND YOU THE PUBLIC CAN USE THE STATE GIVEN RIGHT-OF-WAY TO DRIVE INTO THIS PUBLIC LAND FOR USE BY ALL. THIS MUST BE DONE IN A LEGAL MANNER AND WITH THE PUBLICS SUPPORT. DELEGATE EDWARDS WILL BE ON HAND TO LISTEN AND SHARE HIS IDEAS AND WELL AS THE MEDIA. PLEASE BE ORDERLY AND CORDIAL.

WHERE: AVILTON COMMUNITY BUILDING IN AVILTON. 1.5 MILES OFF EXIT 24, SOUTH ON THE AVILTON LONACONING RD.

WHEN: SUNDAY NOV. 19TH AT 5PM.

Tom Remington

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Landowner Appreciation Awards

This years recipients on the Maine Landowner Appriciation Awards are listed below. Without people like these and others across Maine and the rest of this great nation, many of us outdoor enthusiasts wouldn’t have a place to play. Make sure to thank those landowners who open their lands to us.

Private Landowner ~ 100 acres or less
George McKenny nominated by: Palermo Snowmobile Club
Frank & Maryann Janusz nominated by: Acadia Area ATV’ers

Private Landowner ~ 100 acres or more
Peter Holman nominated by: Poodunk Snowmobile Club
Nate & Diana Merrill nominated by: Palmyra Snowmobile Club

Corporate Landowner
Plum Creek Timberlands nominated by: Kennebec Wilderness Mountain Club and Border Riders Sportsman Club

Linkletter Timberlands nominated by: A.T.V. Maine

Tom Remington

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Hunter's Breakfast

FALL HUNTERS AND COMMUNITY WELCOME

If you’re going to wake up in the middle of the night to get into the woods bright and early, you may as well eat well, and support a local fire department at the same time. The Hope Volunteer Fire Dept. Inc. will host a Hunters Breakfast on Saturday, November 11, 2006 at the Hope Elementary School on Route 235 in Hope, Maine.

The Breakfast Buffet will begin at 4 am and will continue until 8 am. Menu items will include Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Baked Beans, Home Fries, Pancakes, homemade Muffins, Coffee, Orange Juice and Hot Chocolate

Cost is $7.00 including free coffee filling station for your thermos
Proceeds to benefit the Hope Volunteer Fire Dept. Inc.

For further information contact:

Ginny Ryan, (207)236-8049, gryan@15elm.com

Tom Remington

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