Firearm deer season in Michigan starts Wednesday


UNDATED -- The 2017 Michigan firearm deer season begins on Wednesday, and many experts say this could be a good deer harvest for hunters.

Chad Stewart, Deer Management Specialist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the 2016 Winter was relatively mild with low snowfall levels and above average temperatures, which makes for good deer survival conditions.

Across the Southern Lower Peninsula, abundant food and cover in the form of agricultural crops and scattered swamps and woodlots provide good habitat for deer. This, coupled with the mild winter conditions, typically result in a more abundant and productive deer population.

Stewart says the 2017 deer harvest in the Southern Lower Peninsula should be like last year, with perhaps a slight increase given the current conditions.

If you are fortunate enough to get a deer, Stewart reminds you to bring it to the nearest DNR check station. This allows the State to monitor the deer herd and make future management decisions.

If you would like more information on this year's deer season or any outdoor hunting activities, you can visit the DNR's website michigan dot gov backslash dnr.

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