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Youth and disabled hunters head into Michigan woods this weekend

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

Michigan wildlife officials say the size of the state’s deer herd is similar to last year, as the first huntersof the season head to the woods this weekend.

A “far milder than normal” winter in the Upper Peninsula may mean hunters there may have more deer in their sights. Last year, the UP recorded a 6% drop in the deer harvest compared to 2019.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the herd in the Lower Peninsula should be on par with last year’s numbers.

Wildlife officials continue to look for deer with signs of chronic wasting diseasein the southern part of the Lower Peninsula and Bovine tuberculosis in the northern Lower Peninsula.

The DNR encourages hunters to visit check stations and submit their deer for testing.

Deer season is getting underway this weekend with a specially designated hunt for youth and for hunters with disabilities.

The number of deer hunters in Michigan’s woodlands will continue to grow this fall culminating with the start of firearm deer season in November.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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