MARQUETTE, Mich. (WJMN) – As deer hunting season continues in the U.P.. Caleb Eckloff a Wildlife Technician with the Michigan DNR spoke with Local 3’s Rebecca Bartelme to provide some updates.
With 10 days into this year’s firearm deer hunting season, wildlife biologists with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources report an average 12% increase in the number of deer checked at stations across the region.
The preliminary results – reported as of the end of the day Nov. 23 – also show a 2% increase over the 10-year average.
“Approximately 90% of the deer checked have been bucks,” said David Jentoft, DNR wildlife biologist at Sault Ste. Marie. “Check stations were busy early last week, and activity generally slowed later in the week. Check station activity may pick up again now after the weekend.”
Check stations will be open through Wednesday, and then closed during the Thanksgiving holiday.
DNR staffers report deer coming in to check stations have generally been in good condition. Most bucks checked (85%) have been 2.5 years old or older. Antler development has varied. Some older bucks have had fair antler development (spikes, forks, and smaller racks). However, some have had good antler development. In general, antler development seems to be below average in older bucks.
Hunters have generally reported good deer numbers, including bucks, and seem happy with the season.
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