DNRE: Deer count down 9 percent (Michigan)Sault Ste. Marie Evening News MARIE
The official deer harvest numbers from 2009 were down 9 percent from 2008, according to a recently completed report issued by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment.
In 2009, an estimated 686,000 hunters spent 10.2 million days afield harvesting nearly 444,000 deer. The statewide tally shows 43 percent of deer hunters harvested at least one animal in 2009, down from the 47 percent who enjoyed success in the 2008 season....
The survey also asked for hunter opinions on antler-point restrictions and keeping the traditional Nov. 15 opening day date. Respondents were sharply divided on the restrictions with 49 percent supporting the measure statewide and 53 percent supporting it in the Upper Peninsula. Most hunters, however, were in agreement when it comes to maintaining the Nov. 15 date with 84 percent in favor compared to 10 percent who wished to see it changed.
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