Deer

Helpful reminders for firearm deer season, starting this Sunday

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buck and doe in fieldThis Sunday, Nov. 15, tens of thousands of Michigan residents and nonresidents will take to the fields and forests to enjoy deer hunting. The Department of Natural Resources would like to share a few helpful reminders with those who will be heading out to hunt.

  • The firearm deer season runs Nov. 15-30.
  • Don’t forget to wear hunter orange. See page 18 of the Hunting and Trapping Digest for hunter orange clothing requirements.
  • A deer or deer combo license can be purchased at a license agent or online at E-License.
  • There are public- and private-land antlerless deer licenses still available.
  • Be aware of any antler point restrictions that may be in effect where you are hunting.
  • Deer hunting hours are found in the 2015 Hunting and Trapping Digest, which is available at mi.gov/dnrdigests.
  • Be aware of the baiting and feeding rules and restrictions for deer in Michigan.
  • Don’t forget to bring your deer to a DNR check station and pick up one of the DNR’s deer cooperator patches. Find the check station nearest you on the 2015 Deer Check Station Map.
  • Bovine tuberculosis is still a major concern in the northeastern Lower Peninsula deer herd, so please be sure to bring your deer to a check station if you hunt in DMU 487.
  • CWD video still frameDue to finding chronic wasting disease in free-ranging deer in Ingham County, there is mandatory deer registration for the following townships in Clinton, Ingham and Shiawassee counties: Alaiedon, Bath, Delhi, DeWitt, Lansing, Meridian, Wheatfield, Williamstown and Woodhull.
  • Learn more about chronic wasting disease and how you can help by visiting mi.gov/cwd.
  • Watch the instructional video on how to quarter a deer. This may be helpful if you wish to store your deer after you have submitted the head to a DNR deer check station in the core CWD area for testing.
  • Those still looking for places to hunt on public land can check out Mi-HUNT – a cutting-edge, Web-based, interactive mapping application that can help hunters plan their next trip.
  • Hunters who have filled their freezers but want to keep hunting are encouraged to consider donating a deer through Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger. Find a participating processor at www.sportsmenagainsthunger.org.

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