2011 Deer Camp, Menominee County, Michigan.
The Department of Natural Resources is releasing its forecast for the upcoming firearm deer season.
With just over a month until the orange army converges on central and northern Michigan, the forecast for the deer harvest this year is showing a mixed bag.
State wildlife officials confirm a third deer from a mid-Michigan forest has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
These are the first instances of chronic wasting disease found in the wild in Michigan. It’s already been found in 20 states and two Canadian provinces.
Antlerless deer cannot be hunted during the archery season in the Upper Peninsula this year, under an order from the state Natural Resources Commission.
Declining numbers of deer are to blame for the restriction. Two harsh winters in two years are to blame.
State wildlife officials have confirmed the first case of a fatal neurological disease in free-ranging deer.
It’s called chronic wasting disease. It only affects deer, elk and moose.
Michigan, for the first time in its history, recorded zero hunting fatalities in Michigan, last year.
If you own cattle in northern Michigan, you may be getting some mail from the state about two confirmed cases of bovine tuberculosis.
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A recent study is linking changes in forest ecosystems in northern Michigan and Wisconsin to the eating habits of White-Tailed Deer.
The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It links at least 40 percent of plant species changes in the forests of northern Michigan and Wisconsin to White-Tailed Deer.
Whitetail decoy. Custom Robotic Wildlife courtesy photo.
Hunters often use decoy animals to lure in prey. In Michigan, DNR officers have turned the tables; they use decoy animals to catch poachers.
Conservation officers use robo-deer and other fake animals to catch poachers in the act.
Officers say they frequently get complaints of people hunting from their vehicles or trespassing in rural areas.
That’s when, they said, they break out the remote controlled robo-deer. The decoys have moveable heads, tails and sometimes legs.
The past two harsh winters and a coming third have many people worried about Michigan’s deer population.
Russ Mason, Chief of the Michigan DNR’s Wildlife division, said supplemental feeding in certain areas could help.
“We would move on public land. The public can get a permit from us and under certain conditions, so far from a road and so forth, they can feed if they choose to do so.”
The public will only be allowed to feed on private land.
Mason made it a point to explain how dangerous feeding can be if done improperly. He says people could end up harming more deer than they help.
Snow may be a great joy for snowmobilers and skiers, but for deer hunters in the Upper peninsula, the snow was a problem this year.
DNR officials said smaller deer populations, more snow, and a late corn harvest contributed to a low firearm deer harvest this year.
Michigan DNR officials said the firearm deer harvest across the state is down this year.
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
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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.
Bow hunting season is underway, and DNR officials are reminding hunters to be cautious and check deer for diseases.
Officials say six counties in northeast Lower Michigan have deer with Bovine Tuberculosis.
Wildlife and aviation experts say deer have become nuisances for airports and threats to pilots, especially during this time of year.
Officials say deer are attracted to airport runways for warmth. Runways maintain heat longer than the bare ground.
A new report from the National Wildlife Federation says climate change is having an impact on Michigan big game.
It’s that time of year: firearm deer season opened Friday.