Late antlerless firearm deer hunt planned in some northern Michigan counties
LANSING, MI – The deer hunting season is not over yet.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced on Tuesday that a late woodless gun hunt on private land in Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, Oscoda and Presque Isle counties will be held Jan. 7-10 and Jan. 14. to January 17.
“This season will provide an additional opportunity for deer management in the bovine tuberculosis (TBB) region,” said Emily Sewell, wildlife health specialist from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
“Increasing the antlerless harvest in these counties is important in reducing the number of deer interacting with farms and helping to limit the number of wildlife and cattle herds infected with TB in the future. “
Hunters who do not own property in the area can still participate through the Access Hunting Program which provides access to quality private land across the state to provide more hunting opportunities.
There are many locations available in the Five County Hunting Zone and can be seen at Michigan.gov/HAP.
Hunters can take antlerless deer with an unused 2020 Deer or Deer Combination License or a Private Land Antlerless License for Deer Management Unit 487. Additional tags can be purchased from any agent. MRN license until January 12. The disease control permits issued for 2021 will also be valid for use during this hunt.
Successful hunters can bring their deer to Alpena, Atlanta, or Mio DNR deer checkpoints between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on any day of the hunt. Several 24-hour self-service drop boxes are also available throughout the region for subjecting deer heads to bTB testing.
The use of a smartphone is required to use the drop boxes. The locations of control stations and drop boxes can be found at Michigan.gov/DeerCheck.
On average, 40% of deer infected with bTB show symptoms such as nodules in the lungs and rib cage, while 60% of deer infected show no signs of the disease.
The MRN reminds hunters that the only way to ensure that the deer is not infected is to submit the head to a test at a checkpoint or drop box.