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Wednesday, September 13, 2017
MI Natural Resources Commission to meet Thursday in Lansing
Proposed changes to muskellunge fishing regulations will be a topic of discussion at the Michigan Natural Resources Commission's regular monthly meeting Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, 4125 Beaumont Road in Lansing.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division has proposed a number of regulations changes that include allowing year-round catch-and-release for muskie, changing the season opening date in the Upper Peninsula, extending the season later at Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River, and eliminating the muskie harvest tag requirement.

The day begins with a 1 p.m. meeting of the Policy Committee on Wildlife and Fisheries, which will receive updates on a proposal to post several water trail access sites as designated campsites at Beaver Island State Wildlife Recreation Area, in support of the Beaver Island Water Trail. The committee also will hear proposed changes to update outdated statutory references in certain fisheries orders, as well as several muskie fishing regulations changes.

The Committee of the Whole meets at 2:30 p.m., with updates on parks and trails and the state forest roads inventory (relevant to Public Act 288), wildlife and fisheries committee reports, and a DNR legislative update. Also during this committee session, Safari Club International representatives will present bows and firearms to the winners selected from among those who completed DNR hunting surveys.

Immediately following Committee of the Whole, the NRC will receive public comments. Those wishing to make public comments before the NRC should contact Cheryl Nelson, executive assistant to the NRC, at 517-284-6237 or to register.

Following public comments, the NRC is scheduled to take action on ice fishing shanty identification regulations, several fishing regulations, additional colors for hunting apparel, and proposed new hunting boundaries for Tobico Marsh at Bay City State Recreation Area.

Several items are before DNR Director Keith Creagh for action, including designated campsites on Beaver Island State Wildlife Research Area, the renaming of Lakelands Trail State Park, the redesignation of Bay City State Recreation Area as Bay City State Park, the proposed October oil and gas lease auction and several land transactions.

For more information about the Natural Resources Commission, including full agendas and meeting minutes, visit

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to

Contact: Ed Golder, 517-284-5815

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