MICHIGAN DEER HARVEST SURVEY REPORT, 2011 Seasons [PDF] June, 2012

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Seasons [PDF] June, 2012  Brian J. Frawley
ABSTRACT
A survey of deer hunters was conducted following the 2011 hunting seasons to estimate hunter participation, harvest, and hunting effort. In 2011, an estimated 648,100 hunters spent 9.6 million days afield. Statewide, the number of people hunting deer decreased 1%, but 
their hunting effort was nearly unchanged between 2010 and 2011. Hunters harvested nearly 422,000 deer, an increase of about 1% from the number taken in 2010. Statewide, 45% of hunters harvested a deer in 2011, while hunter success was 44% in 2010. About 24% of the hunters took an antlerless deer and 30% took an antlered buck in 2011. About 15% of deer 
hunters harvested two or more deer. Statewide, less than 45% of hunters were satisfied with numbers of deer seen, bucks seen, deer taken, and their overall hunting experience in 2011. 
     Statewide levels of satisfaction were little changed for all measures between 2010 and 2011; however, satisfaction generally increased among hunters in the Upper Peninsula (UP) and Northern Lower Peninsula (LP) and decreased among Southern LP hunters. About 118,600 hunters used a crossbow during the 2011 archery season, and they harvested about 54,900 deer with the crossbow. About 51% of deer hunters statewide supported antler point restrictions on buck harvest in the UP, and 56% of the hunters that preferred to hunt in the 
UP supported these restrictions in 2011. About 42% of deer hunters statewide supported antler point restrictions on buck harvest in Deer Management Unit (DMU) 487, and 45% of the hunters that preferred to hunt in the northeast LP supported these restrictions in 2011.



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