Hunters Hit The Woods As Firearms Deer Season Opens In Michigan

WWJ News
November 15, 2019 - 7:29 am

(WWJ) - It's that time of year again, as hunters hit the woods for firearms deer season.

Michigan’s firearm deer season officially begins Friday, Nov. 15 and runs through Nov. 30.

Last year, more than 550,000 people trekked through Michigan woods to hunt for deer. 

The Department of Natural Resources forecast for this season says overall deer numbers are low in the Upper Peninsula and buck sightings have been limited. Buck numbers look to be on the upswing in the northern Lower Peninsula, and they're abundant in many parts of southern Michigan, where bachelor herds have been spotted.  

Remember -- baiting and feeding deer is still illegal in the Lower Peninsula and parts of the Upper Peninsula, a policy meant to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease.

Successful hunters are also reminded to get their deer tested for disease. Deer heads can be brought to any DNR deer check station or drop box to be tested for CWD and bovine tuberculosis.

During hunting season, drivers should especially be on the lookout for deer, which can dart out in front of cars. As hunters head into the woods, deer become more active -- especially at dawn and dusk, 

Last year, nearly 53,500 crashes involving deer were reported in Michigan, resulting in 1,200 injuries and 14 deaths. In 2017, 1,112 people were hurt, and 16 people were killed in just under 51,000 accidents. The five counties with the most reported vehicle crashes involving deer in 2018 were: Oakland County (1,851), Kent County (1,837), Jackson County (1,537), Lapeer County (1,275) and Ottawa County (1,267).