Posted by: Kath Usitalo | November 15, 2012

Deer Season Is Here

A deer hunter’s dream (DNR photo)

Firearm deer season begins today, Thursday, November 15, and for two weeks hunters will be stalking white-tailed deer across most of Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas.

Did you know…

  • Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources reports that about 700,000 deer licenses were issued this season, and those hunters are expected to bag more than 400,000 deer
  • Deer hunting is allowed by bow, firearm and muzzleloader during specific dates between October 1 and January 1
  • During various periods throughout deer season hunters may use handguns, rifles, bows and arrows, crossbows, shotguns and muzzleloading firearms (no mention of slingshots)
  • An adult wolf may devour between 30 and 50 deer each year
  • There are more than 60,000 deer-vehicle crashes reported in the state each year
  • Deer have great senses of smell, hearing and vision but are color blind
  • Most does deliver twins; fawning season is in the spring

Deer Patches

  • Deer have four stomachs
  • Since 1972 the DNR has given out “cooperation patches” to hunters who bring their deer to a check station, which helps in collecting biological data on the animals. The DNR gives out about 50,000 patches and claims, “Some hunters enjoy getting a patch as much as getting their deer.” Right.
  • You can tell the age of a deer by its molars: At about 1-1/2 years the permanent premolars are in place (and lookin’ good) and by old age (about 13 years and up) the molars are hollowed out and/or flat.
  • “Deer” spelled backwards is “reed”

For everything you wanted to know about hunting deer in the Great Lakes State, from Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) to How to Field-dress a White-tailed Deer, go to the DNR – White-tailed Deer site and the joint DNR/Michigan State University White-tailed Deer site.

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