DNR offers improved deer hunting outlook throughout region

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

Photo courtesy of Michigan DNR

After a mild winter, deer hunters in Antrim and Kalkaska counties should have a good firearms season this year, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

REGION – After a mild winter and fairly warm spring, hunters across northern Michigan should have a good chance at bagging a buck this season, Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife experts said last week.

"After the 2016 deer hunting season, which ended with a slight increase in harvest from 2015, and a relatively mild winter, deer survival was good across the state," said DNR Deer Management Specialist Chad Stewart from his office in Gaylord.

"In northern lower Michigan, slightly more than five out of every 10 hunters were successful in taking home at least one deer last season, leaving thousands to reproduce that not only survived the winter, which saw low snowfall levels and above-average temperatures, but made for great hunting potential for this year," Stewart said.

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