The cost of hunting deer in Michigan may keep some people out of the woods.
Last year, 12 motorists were killed and another 1,200 were hurt in car-deer accidents in Michigan.
The DNR’s Hunting Access Program offers financial incentives to private landowners for giving hunters access to their property.
Deer hunters venturing into woods and fields for next month’s start of firearms season should encounter conditions similar to those of a year ago, when harsh winter weather took a toll.
This year’s deer harvest appears to be down significantly from 2012 because of weather, disease and rule changes.
When you finish packing and finally get on the road to deer camp, don’t run into miles of traffic backups.
“Reported pictures on trail cameras are giving many hunters high hopes for the coming season both for larger bucks and successful antlerless harvests.”
Starting this year deer hunters in 12 northern counties won’t be allowed to shoot bucks with less than three points on one antler.
Hunters expecting to go about business as usual this fall should take a few minutes to familiarize themselves with the new rules.
The DNR reminds hunters that the application period for antlerless deer licenses is now open through Aug. 15.