Michigan Wolf Hunting Referendum, Proposal 1 (2014)

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Wolf Hunting Referendum
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Type:State statute
State code:Public Act 520
Referred by:Citizens
Topic:Hunting on the ballot
Status:On the ballot
The Michigan Wolf Hunting Referendum is a veto referendum in Michigan that will be decided in the general election on November 4, 2014. The measure is a referendum on Public Act 520, a law that allows the state to establish wolf hunting seasons in the Upper Peninsula.[1]


Editor's note: In Michigan a 'Yes' vote upholds the law and a 'No' vote rejects it. This means that supporters of the referendum would vote 'No' on the ballot question itself.

The group Keep Michigan Wolves Protected opposes wolf hunting seasons in Michigan and is leading the referendum campaign.[1]


  • Humane Society of the United States[2]
  • Kalamazoo Humane Society
  • Detroit Audubon Society
  • Michigan Animal Shelter Rescue Network
  • Voiceless-MI[3]

For a complete list of endorsements from organizations and individuals, please see here.


Editor's note: In Michigan a 'Yes' vote upholds the law and a 'No' vote rejects it. This means that opponents of the referendum would vote 'Yes' on the ballot question itself.

The Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) has declared its opposition to the referendum.[2]


  • Erin McDonough, executive director of MUCC, said, "The fact that HSUS was able to collect the required number of signatures tells us nothing about the issue other than if you are willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and target areas of the state without a wolf population and refuse to educate the public about the issue, you can collect a lot of signatures. MUCC believes that HSUS has vastly underestimated the intelligence level of Michigan's residents and has grossly overestimated this state's tolerance for out-of-state extremists attempting to buy election results."[2]

Tactics and strategies

  • Sen. Tom Casperson (R-38) sponsored Senate Bill 288, a piece of legislation that essentially renders the referendum meaningless. The bill gives the Natural Resource Commission the authority to declare game animals and establish seasons without the need for action by the legislature. Before the bill's passage, game animals must be declared in law, which subjects them to referendum.[4] The legislation was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on May 8, 2013.[5]

Path to the ballot

See also: Michigan signature requirements

In order to qualify the proposed referendum to the statewide ballot, supporters were required to collect 161,304 signatures (5% of the number of people who voted in the 2010 election for Governor) and turn them in 90 days after the final adjournment of the Legislature.

Supporters reported that they submitted 253,705 signatures on March 27, 2013. If the number required for ballot placement are verified, the law will be suspended until the statewide vote. The Board of State Canvassers then had 60 days from the date of submission to review the signed petitions.[2]

On May 22 the Board of State Canvassers determined that sufficient signatures had been filed and certified the measure for the 2014 ballot.[6]

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