DNR evaluating deer season success

CADILLAC — DNR wildlife expert Katie Keen has been reviewing the recently competed deer season and gives it, generally speaking, a favorable report.

“All we’re getting at this point is stuff from folks who are successful and come into the deer check station,” Keen said. “This year we feel we were seeing the bump which could be due to increased head take for folks wanting to come in and have their deer head tested. There’s more awareness on that. But whether or not that’s why we’re seeing the bump…We did see an increase at our check station.”

Keen said hunters remarked the weather was good.

“We had folks say it was a slow archery season so maybe less deer were taken earlier and more were taken later.”

It’s now muzzleloading season, which started earlier this month and goes through Monday in zones 1 and 2 and extends to Dec. 17 for zone 3.

“We’ve definitely been getting a lot of people asking about it.” Keen said.

Bow season ends on Jan. 1.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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