NRC approves 2015 U.P. antlerless deer hunting restrictions June 11, 2015 Michigan

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NRC approves 2015 U.P. antlerless deer hunting restrictions June 11, 2015 Michigan, DNR News
     The Michigan Natural Resources Commission today decided to eliminate the harvest of antlerless deer during the archery season for hunters using deer or deer combo licenses in the Upper Peninsula.  The restriction, which does not affect the firearm deer season, will be in effect for the 2015-2016 season. The NRC made the decision at its monthly meeting in Monroe, Michigan, in an effort to aid the Upper Peninsula’s struggling deer population, which has declined to a level comparable to the early 1980s following three successive winters with severe conditions. 
     There have been roughly 5,000 to 6,300 antlerless deer harvested in the U.P. by archers over each of the past four years.   Although deer regulations currently are on a three-year cycle, elements such as weather and disease can cause regulations to be reviewed mid-cycle and adjusted when appropriate... 
     The winter of 2014-2015 brought significant snowfall before the start of the firearm season, which persisted to depths of 20-30 inches across much of the region.  Additionally, temperatures of -10 to -20 degrees arrived in February, further stressing animals that had limited mobility because of the deep snow.  These latest wintry conditions followed the winters of 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, which were extremely hard on the U.P. deer population...

NRC approves 2015 U.P. antlerless deer hunting restrictions June 11, 2015 Michigan, Upper Michigans Source 
... eliminate the harvest of antlerless deer during the archery season for hunters using deer or deer combo licenses in the Upper Peninsula... an effort to aid the Upper Peninsula’s struggling deer population, which has declined to a level comparable to the early 1980s following three successive winters with severe conditions...
      Fall deer hunt in U.P. restricted to help boost numbers June 11, 2015 Michigan, The Detroit News 
... Commissioner J.R. Richardson said Thursday the state normally tries to maintain a hands-off approach and respect nature’s impact on wildlife populations.  “We haven’t seen two winters like that since the 1970s,” he said. “It was nasty ... 

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