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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan's 16-day firearm deer season is getting under way, although with limits for hunters across much of the southern part of the Lower Peninsula.
Hunters in that part of the state won't be allowed to kill as many deer as usual because of an insect-spread deer disease.
Firearm deer hunting season is starting Thursday and runs through November 30.
The new limits on antlerless deer hunting are a response to epizootic hemorrhagic disease. The state Department of Natural Resources has collected reports indicating thousands of deer have died from the disease in Michigan this year.
Wildlife officials decided that stricter limits on antlerless deer licenses would help populations bounce back faster in hard-hit areas.
The disease isn't a threat to humans.
So far, one human death has been reported, a hunter apparently asphyxiated by fumes from a propane heater he was using to heat his van in Mason County.