Michigan MNR announces new deer hunting regulations
Michigan hunters in the Lower Peninsula will be able to pursue antlerless deer with their deer or deer combo licenses this season.
The Michigan Natural Resources Commission approved the new regulations and several others at its July 16 meeting. The new regulations give hunters more opportunities to cut costs, said Chad Stewart, MNR’s deer, elk and moose program manager.
“These recommendations are intended to make it easier for hunters of all ages and levels of experience to enjoy Michigan’s outdoor tradition, while addressing the present and future challenges of managing the abundant deer population of the region. ‘State,’ said Stewart.
In addition to archery season, hunters in the Lower Peninsula can take antlerless deer with the deer or combination deer license during gun and muzzleloading seasons. The early and late timberless seasons will be open in all private mainland lands of the Lower Peninsula.
Previous regulations did not allow this. The new regulations save hunters between $ 20 and $ 25, Stewart said.
The muzzleloading season in the Lower Peninsula will be shortened from 17 days to 10 days. Although the season is generally dedicated to the exclusive use of primitive firearms, all firearms can now be used for hunting during this time in Zone 3 (southern Michigan) and in all counties of Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Isabella, Midland and Bay.
The remaining seven days of what was the muzzleloading season will be replaced by the late antlerless deer season. Licensed hunters with access to private property can chase deer on that property during those days, Stewart said.
Restrictions on the movement of carcasses in the Lower Peninsula will be reduced to areas most affected by chronic wasting disease. This aligns with restrictions placed on areas with the highest risk of exposure to COVID-19.
The archery season extended in the Lower Peninsula through Jan. 31 will continue for a year in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. It previously expired on January 31, 2020.
Perhaps the most significant change statewide is in supervised youth, those 9 years of age or younger, junior licensees aged 10 to 16, and apprentice license holders. have more restrictions on antlers in all seasons, in all deer management units and under all licenses.
“They can pull any dollar they want,” said Stewart.
The statewide limit for purchasing non-anterless licenses on private land is 10 per hunter. This gives hunters “maximum opportunity” when managing the abundant deer on their property.
Hunters with disabilities can still use single or multiple bite baits during Freedom and Independence Hunts. People participating in the Freedom and Independence hunts can start baiting five days before the two hunts.
Upper Peninsula archers in some deer management units can obtain antlerless deer with their deer or combination deer licenses. The following deer management units continue to be closed to antlerless harvesting during archery seasons: 027, 031, 036, 042, 066, 127 and 131.
Restrictions on antlers have been removed on the deer permit in parts of deer management unit 122, including areas outside of the main chronic wasting disease surveillance area, according to a statement from the Deer Management Unit 122. MRN of July 17.
Learn more about deer management and hunting here.
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