LANSING — The Michigan United Conservation Clubs recently honored Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Township, as its “2011 Youth Conservationist of the Year.”
“Receiving this award from MUCC is a real honor,” Hune said. “It’s always a pleasure to be recognized for job well done. I care deeply about conserving Michigan’s beauty for all to enjoy.”
Hune was selected for his work on a two-bill package known as the “Hunter Heritage Bills,” which includes Senate Bill 207 (Public Act 109 of 2011) and House Bill 4371 (Public Act 120 of 2011) introduced by Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle.
The Hunter Heritage Bills allow minors under the age of 10 to hunt and mandate the Natural Resources Commission to establish a new mentored youth hunting program.
Before these measures were signed into law, Michigan had some of the most stringent regulations on youth hunting in the nation. These rules discouraged young people from enjoying one of Michigan’s great outdoor traditions.
Under the new state laws, minor hunters under the age of 10 can obtain a mentored youth hunting license (which includes a small-game hunting license, a combination deer hunting license, an all-species fishing license, a spring and fall turkey hunting license and a resident fur harvester’s license) for $7.50.
MUCC is the largest statewide conservation organization in the country and home to Michigan Out of Doors Magazine. Founded in 1937, the organization’s goal is to provide Michigan’s outdoors community with a place to gather and take a unified stance on conservation issues.