About Us

About Us

The Michigan Wildlife Council is entrusted with educating the public about the importance of wildlife conservation and its role in preserving Michigan’s great outdoor heritage for future generations.

Ensuring our forests, waters and wildlife are clean, healthy and support diverse wildlife is important to our families and outdoor traditions, our economy and our overall enjoyment of the outdoors.

All people of Michigan enjoy the state’s beautiful forests, waters and wildlife, which is why we take great care to protect and enhance these valuable assets. The Michigan Wildlife Council is dedicated to increasing public knowledge about how wildlife and Michigan’s outdoors are managed and funded so that we can continue to enjoy them as we do today.

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The council is a governor-appointed, nine-member public body established by Michigan Public Act No. 246 of 2013. The legislation updated the hunting and fishing license fee structure and requires the state Department of Natural Resources to use $1 from the sale of every license to fund the Michigan Wildlife Council public education campaign. The $1 share of each license sale generates approximately $1.6 million annually in revenue.


The nine members of the Michigan Wildlife Council are located in all parts of the state and represent a wide range of residents, but they share a common vision when it involves Michigan’s cherished outdoor traditions – ensuring they’re here for generations. Council members — appointed by the governor and subject to the advice and consent of the Michigan Senate — are entrusted with educating the public about the importance of conserving and managing our forests, waters and wildlife.

Jeff Poet
Kristin Phillips
Beth Gruden
Jim Hammill
Edgar Roy
Nick Buggia

Matt Pedigo

TERM ENDS 3.31.2021

Matt Pedigo of Howell is a mechanical engineer for General Motors. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Kettering University in Flint. For the Michigan Wildlife Council, he serves as a voice for individuals who have purchased hunting or fishing licenses in the state at least once during each of the past three years.

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