But a new law makes the referendum a toothless gesture regardless of the outcome.
A state board has voted to allow a 6-week hunting season this year in which up to 43 wolves can be killed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The measure lets the state Natural Resources Commission decide which types of animals can be hunted.
Michigan is one step closer to an Upper Peninsula wolf hunt.
Legislation passed Thursday would empower the Natural Resources Commission to decide which types of wildlife could be hunted.
Eight men from three states, including Michigan, have been convicted and sentenced for participating in illegal game hunts that took place over four years.
Two men charged with killing a deer in Warren have been fined and banned from hunting for the next year.
State wildlife regulators will propose letting hunters kill several dozen gray wolves this fall in three sections of the Upper Peninsula where other methods have failed to prevent attacks on livestock and pets.
A Downriver man and his step-brother have pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges after hunting deer in Warren.
Disabled military veterans can receive free hunting and fishing licenses on or after March 1 under a new state law.