2012 Antler Point Restrictions Survey [PDF] December 17, 2012 Michigan

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2012 Antler Point Restrictions Survey [PDF] December 17, 2012 Michigan, MDNR A survey was completed to determine whether hunters supported proposed mandatory Antler Point Restrictions (APR) in twelve counties in the Northwest Lower Peninsula.  A key feature of the proposed mandatory regulations was changing the definition of a buck to a deer with three or more points on one antler. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) supports the voluntary implementation of APR practices on private land in Michigan.  Mandatory APR are implemented by regulation only when a clear majority (>66%) of hunters support implementation. Questionnaires were sent to a random sample of hunters; 80% of hunters returned their questionnaire. About 69% of the people hunting deer in the Northwest Lower Peninsula supported implementingmandatory APR regulations. Support from hunters was sufficient to recommend implementation of antler point restrictions in the Northwest Lower Peninsula.



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