LANSING — Michigan’s fishing, hunting and off-road vehicle licenses will change beginning March 1.
The new license structure — signed into law by in 2013 — makes buying a license easier and provides funding to improve outdoor recreation opportunities for anglers, hunters, trappers and ORV riders.
Among the most significant changes to the license structure:
n Anglers will no longer need to choose between restricted and all-species fishing licenses. All fishing licenses will be good for all species.
n An ORV trail permit will be required, in addition to the ORV license, for riding on state-designated trails, routes and scramble areas.
n A base license will be required for all hunters. In addition to providing critical funding for wildlife conservation and management, the base license allows hunters to hunt small game and purchase additional hunting licenses for other species.
n Outdoor enthusiasts can purchase a hunt/fish combo license that includes a base license, a deer combo license (two tags), and an all-species fishing license.
n A single deer license, valid throughout archery, firearm and muzzleloader seasons, replaces the separate archery and firearm licenses. The deer combo license remains available for hunters who wish to harvest two bucks.
BIG TEN: Tuesday night’s scheduled matchup between No. 15 Iowa and Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., has been postponed after a piece of metal fell from the ceiling and damaged seats at Assembly Hall hours before the game was scheduled to begin. According to a release by the school, the beam that fell was eight feet long and just over a foot wide.
SPURS: San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker will be out “for the foreseeable future” with “a variety of maladies,” coach Gregg Popovich said Tuesday. Parker had been sidelined with stiffness in his lower back but played in Sunday’s All-Star Game, finishing with four points, two rebounds and one assist.
MARINERS/YANKEES: New Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Tuesday that Kevin Long should keep his opinions to himself, two days after the New York Yankees hitting coach criticized second baseman Robinson Cano for his unwillingness to run out routine ground balls while in the Bronx.
MARLINS: Miami is hoping a new policy on beards doesn’t become too hairy. Manager Mike Redmond says the team will let players grow beards this year, but wants them to be neat and trim.
RULES: Troy Calhoun is willing to take measures to slow down college offenses, but only if he sees hard evidence that defending an up-tempo offense creates genuine health risks. Six days after asserting a rule change would be made “to enhance student-athlete safety by guaranteeing a small window for both teams to substitute,” the Air Force coach and NCAA Football Rules Committee chairman backtracked in a conference call with reporters, saying he has seen no such data.
VANDERBILT: New Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason has indefinitely suspended an assistant coach charged with drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Mason suspended Vavae Tata on Tuesday after learning of the defensive line coach’s arrest Sunday morning. Tata, 37, was arrested Sunday morning when police located him a few blocks away from an accident where he had crashed into two parked vehicles. Tata told police he was trying to walk back to his hotel. He recorded a 0.18 percent blood alcohol content on a Breathalyzer test, above the state limit of 0.08.
GEORGIA: Senior golfer Joey Garber has been named to the 30-player watch list for the 2014 Ben Hogan Award, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced. The Hogan Award is presented annually to the nation’s top player taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the past 12-month period.
BLOOD DRIVE: Traverse City Roller Derby is hosting a blood drive Feb. 26 from 2-7:30 p.m. in the parking lot in front of Jimmy John’s on Front Street in partnership with Michigan Blood. Anyone who attempts to donate will be entered in a drawing for a TCRD swag gift bag. The LEAP Junior Derby program will also receive $10 per person from Michigan Blood for each person who donates.
You may be eligible to give blood every 56 days if you are a healthy person age 17 or older (or 16 with parent’s/guardian’s consent/ID required), weighing 110 pounds or more. To schedule an appointment call 935-3030, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit facebook.com/tcrollerderby for more details.