A report came out from the Michigan DNR today stating that the firearm harvest this year looks to be 10-20% lower than last years. Estimates are even worse for certain regions in my home state.
DNR biologists estimate the harvest was down by 20 to 30 percent in the
Upper Peninsula, 15 to 25 percent in the northern Lower Peninsula, and 5
to 10 percent in the southern Lower Peninsula.
I can definitely attest to the numbers given for the Northern Lower, as I didn’t see a single deer during my weekend hunt and the number of gun shots heard across the entire season was very low.
Lets hope the MI population can get turned around soon and that some logical and effective management practices can be put into place. MI has slogged through mediocrity in its deer population management for too long.
For the full report, check out this thread on Michigan-Sportsman.com