New deer season rules

New deer season rules

MARQUETTE — While many aren’t looking forward to summer winding down, hunters are getting their gear in shape for deer hunting season, which kicks off in about a month.

There are a few new deer hunting rules and regulations this year. Single license or combination licenses are no longer valid for anterless deer during archery or rifle season.

DNR Wildlife Biologist Brian Roell says “The only way you can take a doe is if you have a stand alone private land anterless permit. They are available in unit 155 and 122. If you are participating in the youth hunt or the liberty hunt, regulations for those have not changed, they are the same as last year.”

With three consecutive harsh winters, the deer harvest may look a bit different than what hunters would prefer. “I suspect that you will probably see more deer this year but probably there will be fewer bucks out there to harvest because we have not been recruiting deer back into the population because of the harsh winter weather,” continued Roell.

The deer hunting season schedule is as follows:

  • September 20th – Youth hunting season
  • October 1st – Archery season
  • November 15th – Rifle season

More information can be found at www.michigan.gov/deer