Adam Bump spoke at the Furbearer Workgroup Meeting and informed us that the Legislature had made changes to Michigan's Trapping Reciprocity Laws. Adam told us under the new law:
Effective March 1st, 2014 all nonresidents may purchase a Michigan Non-Resident Furharvester License. The 2014-2015 license will be available for purchase on April 1, 2014 (just like resident licenses). However, the season start dates remain unchanged. (Check your Hunting and Trapping Guide if you want to see the dates.) Non-residents may NOT trap species with a bag limit (bobcat, otter, marten, fisher, and badger).
Adam does not know what changes the states that currently do no allow Michiganders to trap will make to their regulations. This includes Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and the province of Ontario, He did have some unofficial conversations with some of his counterparts and things seemed positive.
Seems like the Legislature went with the (IMO) best compromise that was out there. It allows non-residents to trap but protects our limited species from potential overharvest.
Thought you'd want to know.
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