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MI – HUNTING – Michigan targets a productive deer season

GAYLORD, Mich. — More than a half-million hunters took part in Michigan’s white-tailed deer seasons last year, and although the interest and participation in archery continue to grow, the firearm portion of the season remains the one with the highest concentration of hunters in the woods and fields and the season that draws the most interest. The regular firearm season opens on Sunday and runs through Nov. 30. With a wild deer herd estimated at around 1.7 million animals, Michigan’s white-tailed deer experts are optimistic that a productive two weeks of firearm hunting should be experienced. “In general, what we are hearing from our field staff is that it seems like it is shaping up to be a potentially good deer season,” said Ashley Autenrieth, deer program biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in its field office located here. “We’ve had really good numbers reported, a good fawn crop, really good reports of good body condition in the deer herd, with good antler development and lots of sightings this year. It is shaping up to be pretty good.”  [full article]

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