A good day for wildlife conservation and sportsmen/women across the state of Michigan.
Yesterday, Michigan Governor Snyder signed into law legislation that would improve our current hunting and fishing license structure. This is a huge win for wildlife here in Michigan. Not only will this new legislation increase revenue for wildlife conservation, but it will make obtaining a hunting and fishing license much simpler.
This is no small feat. Many states, like Wyoming, have been trying for a decade to get an increase through their legislature.
As you all know, hunters/anglers license fees are the main source of funding for wildlife conservation. Couple money generated from license fees with excise taxes on the purchases of hunting and fishing equipment (Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson legislation) this equals the bulk of wildlife conservation dollars that go to:
1) acquisition of new public lands for game and non-game species;
2) habitat restoration improvements on existing public lands;
3) conservation officers to ensure no illegal activity occurs;
4) conservation outreach; and
5) additional funds to support continued scientific wildlife management professionals in the field.
Its mine and your purchase of hunting/fishing license fees every year that helps make Michigan a world class sportsmen destination and what makes it Pure Michigan.
Even if you don’t hunt or fish, consider buying a license to do your part to help wildlife conservation.