Hook & Hunting: NRC Approves Antlerless Deer License Quota
The Department of Natural Resources will offer a total of 708,650 antlerless deer licenses for the upcoming season.
The NRC approved a total of 70,750 public-land antlerless deer licenses and a total of 637,900 private-land antlerless deer licenses.
The department recommended increased quotas to provide additional recreational opportunity, not to reduce deer numbers in the areas where licenses were added.
In the northern Lower Peninsula, the number of private-land licenses available has been decreased by 23,500, while public-land licenses have been decreased by 1,300. Recent trends in deer populations have been variable across the region, but the decreases are primarily intended to match quotas more closely with past demand for antlerless licenses.
In the southern Lower deer populations remain above goal throughout much of the region, though numbers do appear to be approaching desired levels in some areas.
Additional information regarding deer hunting regulations, results of the 2011 deer harvest survey and Michigan's deer management plan are available at www.michigan.gov/deer.