DNR Plan Seeks More Mature Bucks Up North

CHEBOYGAN (AP) – Michigan wildlife regulators are considering a plan intended to produce a more mature population of male deer in the northern Lower Peninsula.

The Department of Natural Resources says a survey of hunters across 12 counties found overwhelming support. The Natural Resources Commission will consider the proposed regulation in June.

The Cheboygan Daily Tribune reports Tuesday that if the commission approves, the plan will be tried for five years.

Current rules let hunters kill two bucks per season. The first must have at least one antler at least three inches long. The second buck must have at least four points on one side.

Under the new plan, the first buck would have to have at least three points on one side, and the second four or more on a side.

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