I am writing this during the first week in February. The wind chill is -12 degrees and expected to remain there all day and for the next several days. It has been a brutal winter with record setting low temperatures and very deep snow. Unless a source of food is found many of our wildlife will not be here come spring. It is hard to believe that not one news media or any so called conservation organizations have expressed any concern.
One month ago our chapter made the first purchase of shelled corn. As of this time, in partnership with caring local people, over our 13 county area we have distributed 14,000 pounds of shelled corn to 2,581 Wild Turkeys, all free of charge, with more turkeys and corn to come. There will be fewer Wild Turkeys this coming spring than were present this past fall, but we have insured that several thousand will live through this brutal winter.
On 8/11/13 we attended the MWTHA state chapter meeting in Clare. Issues of concern to our organization are discussed and consensus reached. Any organization issues are discussed and taken care of. We meet twice a year and these meetings are the glue that holds us together.
We have established a connection to several organizations including the Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Michigan Conservation Foundation, Michigan Resource Stewards and the Bitely Better Conservation Club. We attended several meetings with these organizations.
As reported elsewhere in this issue we attended the DNR state forest compartment reviews in Cadillac on 12/13/13. Are we the only conservation organization that takes an interest in the management of our public forests?
We held our chapter meeting on 1/15/14. We discussed several issues that we are trying to deal with. Initial planning was taken on the pending Rendezvous and the three hunting expo’s that we will attending representing the MWTHA.
On January 24, 25 and 26 we staffed a MWTHA booth at the Hunting Time Expo at Grand Rapids, and plan to attend more expos and festivals throughout the state this year.