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USPA memberships are now available


Dear Woods-N-Water News:

I attended my first meeting of the Upper Peninsula Sportsman's Alliance (UPSA) at the Sagola Township Sportsman's Club in July. The organization hosts over 30 clubs and has more than 17,000 members. Clubs such as the Bay De Noc Gobblers, UP Whitetails, United Sportsmen Of America, UP Bear Houndsmen, Delta County Conservation District and many others discuss many issues that effect the Upper Peninsula by attending forums, conferences, contacting legislators, government personnel, newspapers and magazines to put forth concerns that affect the use of the outdoors that the general public may not be aware of.

Organizations such as UPSA are very much needed only to be a vigilant, vocal, active group of dedicated sportspersons that will challenge or support the use of public land, gun control issues, invasive species regulation, hunting, fishing and trapping laws and quotas and much more. I plan on attending more meetings, and write about issues that are on the agenda at these meetings. Jim Grant of MUCC helped clarify the issue with the state lottery commission.

Some of the other member clubs reporting at a recent UPSA meeting had the following reports: UP Whitetails Inc. donated $1000 to the UPSA legal fund and will cosponsor a shoot with Plum Creek Forest Co. with proceeds going to Big Brothers and Big Sisters program and participation in the archery in school program, the Blue Ribbon Coalition is continuing legal action to protect sportsman access to public property, UPW Menominee River donated to the Keweenaw Island Coalition deer feeding program and UPSA legal defense fund, Menominee County Pheasant Club held a successful fund raising banquet, Stephenson Mid-County Sportsman's Club held gun safety programs and construction of a bow range, U.P. Trappers District #5 reported that legislation by the Humane Society to ban leghold trapping is dead, UPW Dickenson Co. recently held a successful banquet and funded archery in school program, Wolf Study Committee has reported that the wolf has been delisted. The DNR now has control over wolves that threaten livestock.

There were many other reports at the UPSA meeting and this report is a sampling of the types of issues that are reported. If your club is not a member of UPSA and would like to become a member, send a check for $50 to Upper Peninsula Sportsman's Alliance, Al Heidenreich Secretary, W6932 Sportsman's Club Road,

Iron Mountain, MI 49801.

Respectfully submitted

Paul Polanski

Paul Polanski
September 25, 2007

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