Deer Hunting Forecast Announced

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials today announced the 2003 Statewide Deer Hunting Prospects report.

The report, compiled and released annually, provides hunters a Wildlife Management Unit analysis of what they can expect from the state deer herd. The assessments in the report are compiled by local DNR biologists based on a variety of biological evaluations including estimated previous winter losses, weather conditions and field observations throughout the year.

Biologists estimate that, weather permitting; the deer harvest will be similar to last year’s estimated harvest of 480,000 deer for the hunting seasons combined. The full text of the 2003 Statewide Deer Hunting Forecast is available here.

Hunters throughout Michigan who plan to travel for hunting opportunities this year are reminded of the state’s continued fight against Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive species that destroys ash trees. Hunters who reside in the quarantine counties of Southeast Michigan should observe the state’s continued firewood transport ban to help prevent the spread of this pest and ensure the future health and safety of their favorite hunting areas. For more information about the firewood ban and emerald ash borer, visit the state’s EAB web site.