DNRE Presents First Ever Deer Management Plan

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is working on the first ever state deer management plan. Wednesday night, biologists heard from local hunters in Cadillac about the plan. It's an overview of the goals for deer management, and the details will come later. The plan sets priorities for the DNRE, including promoting deer hunting, reducing disease and maintaining the deer population. Hunters and biologists are noticing fewer deer in Northern Michigan, compared to downstate. They want to make sure it's addressed in the plan. The DNRE will present the plan to the Natural Resources Commission in May for final approval. 9&10's Jodi Hathaway and photojournalist Joel Deaner have more on the plan and what people had to say about it.