New deer regulations being considered for upcoming hunting seasons


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is recommending statewide changes for upcoming deer hunting seasons.

The recommendations include a baiting and feeding ban in the Core Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance Area in the Upper Peninsula as well as an increase in U.P. antlerless deer licenses.

Other recommendations include redefining bait to exclude natural or synthetic food-scented materials not consumed by deer and moving the Liberty Hunt to the second weekend in September to avoid conflicts between hound bear hunters and youth deer hunters.

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission will be discussing these recommendations over the next three months, but several opportunities for public comment will be available before the commission makes decisions expected in July.

“Most any time changes are proposed to deer hunting regulations in Michigan, you can count on a great deal of interest from hunters across the state,” said DNR Wildlife Division chief Russ Mason. “It is very important hunters have opportunities for their voices to be heard on what we are recommending before any decisions are made.”

Lansing Community College will host the first public comment to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission on May 9th. The next meeting will be at the Michigan Technological University in the Upper Peninsula on May 22nd.

Munising Township Hall will be the site for a June 10th meeting while the Detroit Zoological Society will host an event on June 13th. MSU Veterniary Diagnostic Laboratory will have a public comment opportunity on July 11th.

Additionally comments can be sent via email to or by mail to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission, P.O. 30028, Lansing, MI 48909-7528.

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