Western Upper Peninsula Citizen Advisory Council Meeting Dec. 16 in Houghton.
The Western Upper Peninsula Citizen Advisory Council (CAC) will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Country Inn and Suites, located at 919 Razorback Dr. in Houghton. The council will meet in the conference room.
Topics slated for discussion include:
-U.P. Non-industrial Landowner Resources
-Proposed Legislation for a Cross Country Ski Pass
-Brown Trout Planting in Green Bay
-2008 Firearm Deer Season
The CACs were formed to give U.P. citizens more input into Department of Natural Resources regional programs and policies. The councils, both an Eastern U.P. and Western U.P. one, have a wide array of outdoor recreation interests represented and help us identify where the DNR can be more effective.
CAC meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact Stacy Welling at 906-228-6561.
Adam’s report on the CAC meeting:
DNR Announces 2008 Firearm Deer Season Harvest Estimates
The Department of Natural Resources today announced the preliminary estimate of the white-tailed deer harvest during the 2008 firearm season.
Statewide, an estimated 272,000 deer were taken during the firearm season, and about 157,000 were antlered bucks and about 115,000 were antlerless deer. That compares with a 2007 estimated harvest of 273,000. However, there were significant shifts in where deer were taken.
In the Upper Peninsula, the early estimate is that hunters took about 32,000 deer, down 22 percent from last year’s harvest of 41,000.
“Most reports indicated that hunting pressure was down noticeably in the UP this year,” said Rodney Clute, DNR big- game specialist. “We anticipated a lower harvest in the UP due to the tougher winter there last year and that was a major factor, but lower hunter numbers and the change in rules for use of buck licenses probably contributed too.”
In the northern Lower Peninsula (NLP), preliminary estimates indicate that about 91,000 deer were taken, up from about 85,000 last year. About 59,000 antlered bucks and 32,000 antlerless deer were estimated taken in the NLP.
Southern Lower Michigan (SLP) continued to dominate the deer harvest. In the SLP an estimated 149,000 deer were taken, about 75,000 of which were antlered bucks along with 74,000 antlerless deer.
The preliminary harvest estimate is based upon early check station results, license sales, employee reports of hunter effort and processor observations. Final harvest figures, which are based on a mail survey of more than 50,000 deer hunters, along with surveys submitted by hunters who report on the DNR’s Web site, will not be available until July, 2009. Hunters wishing to report their harvest online can access it through the DNR Web here.
DNR Wildlife Chief Russ Mason reminded hunters that there are still many opportunities for deer hunting this year. “The late archery season, muzzleloader seasons, and late firearm season in selected locations are great opportunities for deer hunting when fewer hunters are in the woods,” he said.
The muzzleloading deer hunting season runs Dec. 5-14 in the UP, Dec. 12-21 in the NLP, and Dec. 5-21 in the SLP. The archery season runs from Dec. 1- Jan. 1 and the late firearm antlerless-only deer season runs from Dec. 22-Jan. 1 on private lands in 36 deer management units in the Lower Peninsula.
Adam reports on the Harvest Estimates:
DNR Reports State Snowmobile Trails Ready to Ride in Some Parts of the State
The Department of Natural Resources has agreements in place with 67 snowmobile trail grant sponsors to complete trail maintenance and grooming on more than 6,212 miles of Michigan’s designated snowmobile trail system.
“Snowy conditions and cold temperatures particularly in the northern part of the state since the middle of November translates into a great start to this snowmobile season,” said Steve DeBrabander, DNR’s state trails operations supervisor.
Over $6.3 million in grants have been issued by the DNR to cover grooming equipment and repair, trail brushing, signing and grooming and parking lot plowing of staging areas for this coming season, which started on Dec. 1 and ends on March 31, 2009. Funding to support the snowmobile trail improvement fund comes from the annual $25 Michigan Snowmobile Trail Permit, a portion of the snowmobile registration fee, and a portion of state gas tax revenue.
The 6,212-mile designated snowmobile trail system is a statewide network of signed and groomed trails that extends from the southern border of Michigan, up the west side of the Lower Peninsula, in the thumb region, and throughout the Northern Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula. This network of trails is on both public and private lands and the 67 local trail sponsors are instrumental in getting the trails ready for the season, and keeping them groomed.
According to snowmobile industry estimates, snowmobiling in Michigan is a $1 billion economic impact to the state.
For more information on Michigan’s snowmobile program, please go to www.michigan.gov/dnr, click on Recreation and Camping and then click on Snowmobiling.
BIG BOY PIGSKIN PICKS WITH ADAM AND STEVE
|DATE||GAME||SCORE||ADAM’S PICK||STEVE’S PICK|
|12/4||RAIDERS @ CHARGERS||7-34||CHARGERS||CHARGERS|
|12/7||BROWNS @ TITANS||9-28||TITANS||TITANS|
|12/7||JAGUARS @ BEARS||10-23||BEARS||BEARS|
|12/7||BENGALS @ COLTS||3-35||COLTS||COLTS|
|12/7||FALCONS @ SAINTS||25-29||SAINTS||SAINTS|
|12/7||EAGLES @ GIANTS||20-14||GIANTS||GIANTS|
|12/7||PATRIOTS @ SEAHAWKS||24-21||PATRIOTS||PATRIOTS|
|12/7||JETS @ 49ERS||14-24||JETS||JETS|
|12/7||CHIEFS @ BRONCOS||17-24||BRONCOS||BRONCOS|
|12/7||DOLPHINS @ BILLS||16-3||DOLPHINS||BILLS|
|12/7||COWBOYS @ STEELERS||13-20||COWBOYS||COWBOYS|
|12/7||CARDINALS @ RAMS||10-34||CARDINALS||CARDINALS|
|12/7||REDSKINS @ RAVENS||10-24||RAVENS||RAVENS|
|12/08||BUCCANEERS @ PANTHERS||23-38||PANTHERS||PANTHERS|
|12/7||TEXANS @ PACKERS||24-21||PACKERS||PACKERS|
|12/7||VIKINGS @ LIONS||20-16||VIKINGS||VIKINGS|
Currently Adam’s totals stand at 121-70 while Steve is 118-73. The Lions are 0-13 and the Packers are 5-8.
Listen to Adam and Steve:
Bluegrass Cut of the Day: Neil Young – Old King
Flyin’ Blind Song of the Day: Sam Gary – Look-in For Answers
Outlaw Country Cut of the Day: Willie Nelson – Whiskey River