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New fishing, hunting and ORV license structure begins March 1


From the Michigan DNR

 

Michigan’s fishing, hunting and ORV licenses will change beginning March 1, 2014. The new license structure authorized by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder, in 2013, makes buying a license easier and provides vital funding to improve outdoor recreation opportunities for anglers, hunters, trappers and ORV riders.

“By greatly reducing the number of license types and enhancing our sales system, we’re simplifying the license-buying process,” said Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh. “This new structure keeps Michigan’s license costs competitive with other Great Lakes states, and makes a critical investment in our natural resources and outdoor recreation—putting more boots on the ground, waders in the water and eyes in the field.”

Among the most significant changes to the license structure:

Anglers will no longer need to choose between restricted and all-species fishing licenses. All fishing licenses will be good for all species.
An ORV trail permit will be required, in addition to the ORV license, for riding on state-designated trails, routes and scramble areas.
A base license will be required for all hunters. In addition to providing critical funding for wildlife conservation and management, the base license allows hunters to hunt small game and purchase additional hunting licenses for other species.
Outdoor enthusiasts can purchase a hunt/fish combo license that includes a base license, a deer combo license (two tags), and an all-species fishing license.
A single deer license, valid throughout archery, firearm and muzzleloader seasons, replaces the separate archery and firearm licenses. The deer combo license remains available for hunters who wish to harvest two bucks.

The license-buying process will also be improved, with streamlined options for simplified purchasing at retail agents and a new mobile option that will allow users to buy licenses using their smartphone or tablet and store non-kill tag licenses as a PDF on their mobile device.

Additional funding from these changes will enable the Department of Natural Resources and its partners to provide:

Better hunting opportunities – expanded habitat management on public and private lands to enhance habitat for deer, pheasant, grouse, woodcock, turkey and other game species.
Greater access to world-class fishing opportunities – improved fisheries habitat in inland lakes and streams, and increased health and quantity of fish stocked.
A first-rate ORV trail network, providing enhanced riding opportunities and benefiting local economies.
Increased protection of natural resources and a safer outdoor recreation experience for residents and visitors by increasing the number of conservation officers in the field.
Expanded outreach and education for new and existing hunters and anglers.

The all-species fishing, base hunting and hunt/fish combo licenses will include a new $1 surcharge. In accordance with statute, revenue generated from these funds will be used to educate the public on the benefits of hunting, fishing and trapping in Michigan, and the impact of these activities on the conservation, preservation and management of the state’s natural resources.

For more information about the license restructuring—including license prices, frequently asked questions and details about how license dollars will be invested, visit www.michigan.gov/dnr and click on “hunting and fishing license structure” under “In the Know.”

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West Michigan site of new safety program


If you drive aggressively around trucks on US131,  you may be stopped and ticketed under a new education and enforcement program designed to reduce crashes.

If you drive aggressively around trucks on US131, you may be stopped and ticketed under a new education and enforcement program designed to reduce crashes.

From the Michigan State Police

Drivers urged to leave more space for trucks

A new enforcement and education initiative in West Michigan seeks to reduce crashes, fatalities and serious injuries involving cars and trucks by reminding motorists to leave more space for trucks.

The Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) program combines outreach, education and evaluation with enforcement activities for safe driving around trucks.  The Grand Rapids area was selected after a review of crash data by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute showed high crash rates associated with aggressive behavior.

“Crashes between cars and trucks can be catastrophic, both in terms of the loss of life and loss of goods and services, no matter which vehicle driver is at fault,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP). “The method used in the TACT program of focusing enforcement and education efforts on car and truck drivers has been successful in other states, and we look forward to similar results in West Michigan.”

In 2012, truck-involved fatalities in Michigan increased 10 percent, from 73 in 2011 to 80.  There were 9,388 truck-involved crashes in 2012, with 986 of those crashes occurring in Kent and Ottawa counties.

Officers from six West Michigan law enforcement agencies will conduct TACT program enforcement on U.S. 131 and I-196 in Kent and Ottawa counties, Oct. 7 through Oct. 18.  Officers will be on the lookout for violations by both passenger vehicle and truckdrivers such as improper lane use, careless and reckless driving, speeding, following too close and failure to yield the right of way.

The participating agencies are the Michigan State Police, Kent and Ottawa county sheriff offices and Grand Rapids, Walker and Wyoming police departments.  Additional TACT program enforcement will take place Nov. 4-15 and Dec. 2-13.

To help increase awareness and encourage compliance, TACT advertising will be seen on billboards and heard on West Michigan radio stations throughout October.  The messages encourage drivers to leave more space for trucks by allowing one car length forevery 10 miles of speed and not tailgating.

OHSP is supporting the TACT enforcement and public information effort with funds from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Michigan Truck Safety Commission dedicated for this purpose.  This is the first time this type of programhas been conducted in Michigan.  The FMCSA has supported similar TACT programs in several other states including Kentucky, North Carolina and Washington.

This project is part of Michigan’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in February.

 

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