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ATTENTION MEMBERS:
The next UPSA meeting will be held at the Great Lakes Sport and Recreation Club in Escanaba, MI on February 19, 2022 at 10:00 AM EST (9:00 CST).

Upper Peninsula Sportsmen's Alliance Quarterly Meetings


UPSA Position Paper on No MSL for Pike in Inland Waters of the UP

A recent article appeared in the Michigan Woods and Waters on Northern Pike Minimum size Limits. It details the efforts of UPSA,the WUPCAC and others in regards with efforts and reasoning to get the northern pike regulations changed.

Pleae take the time to read the following UP Whitetails position paper on this issue:

Position Paper


UPSA honors Boren as 'Outstanding Conservationist'

Stu BorenWe would like to congratulate Stu Boren of Spread Eagle, Wisconsin for being honored as the The Upper Peninsula Sportsmen's Alliance 2019 "Outstanding Conservationist."

This award was presented May 4th at a quarterly UPSA meeting at the William Anderson Sportsman's Club in Hermansville in Menominee County.

Read the full article on Stu's honor from the Michigan DNR bulletin.


A look at the UPSA from TV6 Discovering on October 25, 2015

UPSA Meeting Notes

The UPSA quarterly meeting was held on April 22, 2017 at the United Sportsman Club. Guests included:

  • NRC Chairman Matonich
  • DNR Director Creagh
  • DNR Fisheries Chief Dexter
  • DNR Forester Dan McNamee
  • DNR Staff Stacy Haughy, Terry Menzie, and Dan Kramer
  • State Representatives J Kevela and Beau Lafave

Items Discussed:

  • CWD
  • UPSA sponsored breakfast in Lansing
  • wolves
  • Game purchased lands
  • Senate Bills 302 and 303
  • Discussions on Walleyes, Muskies, planting, improvement on Hatcheries

Would like to see more attendance at these meetings, we only meet on a quarterly basis.

Game Species Management

UPSA is moving forward in making recommendations to the Department of Natural Resources on the subject of Game Species Management on state owned land that has been purchased with game funds. We strongly believe that game purchased land should be used to enhance wildlife and game species. We need to amend the Forest Management Plan to include management, Aspen rotation, and permanent protective lands. Well known game biologists that we have conferred with agree with the suggestions that UPSA is making. Updates on this subject will be printed.

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Upper Peninsula Sportsmen's Alliance Quarterly Meeting

The Upper Peninsula Sportsmen's Alliance held its quarterly meeting in Escanaba on the 11th of October. Tony Demboski, president, announced to the membership that UPSA has entered into a partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to develop and recommend policy in the management of state properties in the Upper Peninsula that have been purchased with game funds. UPSA believes that properties purchased with game funds should be managed for game species. UPSA is forming a committee of members with years of experience in Forestry and Wildlife so that each property can be evaluated and recommendations can be made.

Tony Demboski
President, UPSA

HUNTING RIGHTS

Our rights to hunt, fish and trap are under attack like never before in Michigan. The Washington based Humane Society of the United States, the largest anti-hunting organization in the country has set its sights on Michigan with not one, but two ballot initiative referendums seeking to repeal pro-hunting legislation.

One thing that can defeat the anti-hunters is a concerned effort by Michigan's 1.2 million anglers and 775,000 hunters and trappers is to get the word out to Michigan's non-hunting and non-fishing populace about why wildlife management by a popularity contest is dangerous for conservation and wildlife.

This fight is about more than wolves. This goes to the core of how we manage wildlife in Michigan, the North American Model of Conservation, and our rights to hunt, fish and trap. If Michigan's hunters, anglers and trappers get active and engaged, we can show we are a sleeping giant and win. If we stay on the sidelines and say "its not my fight" then we don't deserve the rights that we will all lose. It is up to us.

Here are some of the things we can do:

  • Talk to your friends, family, clubs and organizations about what is going on.
  • Submit letters to the editor of your local newspaper.
  • Share information on social media.
  • Comment on news stories.
  • Print flyers and fact sheets and post them in legal public places and bulletin boards.
  • Ask local businesses if they will display flyers.
  • Distribute the flyers at public functions.
  • If you see HSUS's paid signature gathers, politely ask their audience to decline to sign and explain why.
  • If you hear their signature collectors lying, politely refute them and tell the truth.

UPSA Mission Statement

The Upper Peninsula Sportsmen's Alliance was started in 1982 for the purpose of uniting sportsmen's groups for a common cause. Today the mission of UPSA is:

To be the voice of the U.P. sportsman and outdoor users to promote, foster and advance outdoor recreational experiences and encourage conservation of the natural resources and the environment to perpetuate the direction of management and use for the benefit of future generations by education of it's members, the youth and the general public. The organization shall endeavor to cooperate, when appropriate, with the local, state and federal resource management agencies and shall encourage communication with the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources and Environment on policy and management issues and shall respect landowner rights".