Deer herd projections for firearm deer season

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Firearm deer season starts November 15, and the Michigan DNR says this season's herd will be one of the best in years. The past two mild winters as well as restrictions placed on antlerless deer have allowed the herd to grow. Close to 80,000 hunters will be out in the woods of the U.P. on opening day. Statistics show that most of the deer harvested are taken during the first three days.

“The deer that we're seeing in the early season are very healthy,” said Brian Roell, a wildlife biologist for the Michigan DNR. “We're seeing multi pointed year and a half old bucks. Many fours, fives, sixes, and a couple of eight point yearling bucks, which is not normal for the northern parts of Marquette County.”

The Marquette DNR office will be checking deer Monday through Friday during firearm season from 8am to 5pm. They will also be open during the first Saturday of the season, November 18, from 8am to 4pm.