The Mackinac Bridge Authority keeps a deer tally as motorists travel southbound from the U.P. to the Lower Peninsula.
Since “opening day” of the 2013 Firearm Deer Season, nearly 1,600 deer have been counted leaving Upper Michigan.
At this point in the season last year, that total was almost 3,000, a decrease of 47%.
So far, it has been a safe season.
One topic of concern for hunters is safety, and how to dress appropriately.
While there are items to keep you warm and comfortable, others are designed to keep you noticeable and out of danger.
“Every hunter is required to wear a hat, cap, vest, jacket or rain gear of hunters’ orange,” Michigan Conservation Officer Ryan Aho said. “I like to see individuals who have more than just one piece on, you can never be too safe.”
“We’ve increased our youth selection and our women’s selection in comparison to last year when we opened. We are seeing more and more women and kids and families coming in to get outfitted for the woods,” MC Sports manager Kevin Hayes said. “It’s nice to see, there is excitement on the faces.”
“If you are walking to and from a hunting location in low–light conditions, it’s a good idea to have a light on, so if you have a little flashlight and you have that on, it helps other hunters identify you,” Aho said.
Wednesday on ABC 10, we will take a look at more safety tips for hunters.