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Deer harvest forecast looks good with bigger bucks across NE Michigan

Submitted by on September 14, 2020 – 12:56 amNo Comment

Deer hunting prospects across all of the northern Lower Peninsula look good this year.

Officials from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) say last winter had little to no impact on the deer herd, with numbers high across much of the region.

They said antler development and body size look “exceptionally good this year,” likely due to mild winter conditions and good natural food sources available in the spring and summer.

“Hunters can anticipate an even better hunting season this year, weather permitting,” the department says.

Officials are asking hunters to review the 2020 Hunting Digest, which contains quite a few regulation changes.

Michigan, like many other states across the country, continues to experience a tremendous decline in hunter numbers. In 1998, the state had a record harvest with approximately 598,000 deer taken by approximately 837,000 hunters. Just 20 years later in 2018, there were approximately 554,000 hunters in Michigan, down nearly 300,000.