With Opening Day of firearm deer season upon us, Michigan United Conservation Clubs and the Michigan Trappers and Predator Callers Association would like to remind hunters to save their deer hides this year. Donation drop boxes for deer hides have been set up across the state and proceeds from the sale of hides will be used to defend hunting rights in Michigan as part of the “Defend the Hunt” program.
Hunters who successfully kill a deer are asked to keep the hide when they process it, or to request it back from their commercial processor (which may require a small fee), so that it can be donated. A short video at www.defendthehunt.com shows how to preserve the hides. The website also shows a full listing of over thirty drop-off sites around the state.
“The Michigan Trappers and Predator Callers Association is proud to team up with MUCC in the Defend the Hunt program to defend hunting, trapping and fishing rights in Michigan,” said Dennis Cronk of the MTPCA. “As trappers, we understand the danger of the recent misleading advertising and emotionally charged claims about sound scientific wildlife management that anti-hunters have made in Michigan.”
Proceeds from the sale of the hides will go toward defending hunting rights in Michigan. Examples of recent anti-hunting initiatives in Michigan include two referendum drives by a group staffed and primarily financed by the Humane Society of the United States, the largest anti-hunting organization in the country, to repeal the wolf hunt and the Natural Resources Commission’s ability to designate games species and issue fisheries orders. Their referendum would also repeal free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for active military members.
“Defend the Hunt allows hunters to defend hunting rights while utilizing all the usable parts of the animals we hunt,” said Drew YoungeDyke, grassroots and public relations manager for Michigan United Conservation Clubs. “We’re very thankful to the businesses, conservation clubs and organizations that have volunteered to defend hunting rights by hosting a drop-off site.”
Founded in 1937, Michigan United Conservation Clubs is the largest state-specific conservation organization in the country. MUCC’s mission is to unite citizens to conserve, protect and enhance Michigan’s natural resources and outdoor heritage
Logo courtesy Michigan United Conservation Clubs