Traverse City Record-Eagle

Sports

February 19, 2014

Sports in Brief: 02/19/2014

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.

NCAA BASKETBALL

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.

NBA

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.

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