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One shot, one deer. The single shot deer hunting season kicked off Friday, Dec 5th.
Brent Rudolph is a deer specialist from the Michigan DNR. He said it’s important to remember the differences between hunting zones.
“Ya know we have different zones in the state that we use for a variety of different species actually. So zone 1 is upper peninsula, that’s pretty easy to identify. Zone 2 is from Muskegon over to Bay County. And we use those different areas because there’s a little different climate, there’s different habitat. And so any variety of our species there’s a need to manage a little bit differently according to those boundaries.”
There are three zones in Michigan. Zones one and two are both open until Dec 14th, while zone three affords hunters an extra week to bring home the venison.
Rudolph said zone three is open longer because there tends to be larger deer concentrations in that area.
For more information on hunting zones, or anything else season related, visit the DNR here.
Conservation officials said the men have been sentenced with $4,000 each in restitution fines, $625 each in court fines and five days of jail time.
The two admitted to shooting 20 redhead ducks while hunting last month in Arenac county.
The bag limit for redhead ducks is two per hunter.
Christmas came a little more than a month early for hunting stores. The open of firearm deer season is boosting activity for several types of businesses and game in Michigan.
The state says its bi-annual energy appraisal shows that residents will have a bit more money in their pockets this Winter.
Judy Palnau is a media specialist with the Michigan Public Service Commission. She says although unit price has risen for natural gas users, overall they should be paying less.
“Bills will be going down despite the fact that natural gas prices per unit are expected to be up. Last year was actually the reverse. We were paying an 11-year low per unit of natural gas, but because we were using so much more of it to keep warm, many people saw their bills actually go up, despite the lower price.”
Palnau says the estimate is based on the assumption that Michigan will have a return to normal winter weather this year.
We spoke to the National Weather Service office in Gaylord. Their meteorologists say Michigan will likely see a slightly colder than normal winter, however it will be nowhere near as cold as last year’s Polar Vortex.
The MPSC says even if Michigan has another remarkably cold Winter, there is enough energy stored to avoid a crisis.
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