8/22/11 Attended the Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) coalition meeting at Lansing. The coalition is working on natural resources priorities to bring to the DNR. More on this later
8/28/11 State Chapter meeting at Clare. Discussion and consensus was reached from housekeeping to future action on Wild Turkey issuses.
8/11 Our chapter donated $100 to the MSU Ketunen Center as a contribution to bring Wildlife Rescue to their Family Day. Another $100 donation was made to MUCC as a partial payment for state wide study on a constitutional right to hunt and fish.
9/17/11 Chapter meeting Baldwin. Discussion was held on important natural resources issues yet to be resolved, pending hunting expo’s where we have a booth and the Wild Turkey Hunters Rendezvous.
9/30/11 Jim Maturen was honored by the Lake-Osceola and Mecosta Counties Conservation Districts as Conservationist Of The Year. Very humbling and highly appreciated. More info here.
10/9/11 Bill Shinn reported observing a hen with about half a dozen poults in Lake Co. The poults appeared to be just hatched. A day later a hen was observed with 7 poults about the size of small Ruffed Grouse. (Originally there was 10 and at last report there were only 3). If Lake and Osceola Counties had a fall season that started on September 15 what chance would those little guys have for survival without their mother? That is why we were very much opposed to opening the fall season three weeks early.
11/16/11 Attended the MUCC District 13 meeting at Harrison. Discussion was held on Senate Bill 412 (reported in this issue) and other MUCC business.
11/12/11 Gave a Wild Turkey presentation to 16 people in attendance at the Grand Traverse Conservation District office in Traverse City.
11/30/11 Attended the DNR Cadillac district state forest compartment reviews. On one hand suggestions that we made in previous reviews are beginning to be implemented. On the other hand we have a long way to go before seeing any meaningful habitat initiatives. Years upon years of meetings and frustrations. More on this in a future issue.