Michigan Anterless Deer Permits on Sale Sept. 8

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The Department of Natural Resources reminds deer hunters that private land antlerless licenses for southern Michigan and a six-county area of the northeastern Lower Peninsula go on sale over the counter at 10 a.m. Sept. 8. In the past, private land antlerless deer licenses went on sale Aug. 16.

Leftover licenses for both private and public land for the remainder of the state will go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 17.

"In recent years, private land licenses have all been sold over-the-counter and have been available beginning Aug. 16," explained DNR deer specialist Rod Clute. "However, some areas of northern Michigan sold out of licenses quickly. A drawing was established this year (last day to apply is Aug. 15) to provide everyone with an equal opportunity to obtain one of these licenses." Additional information may be found in the 2008 Hunting and Trapping Guide on the DNR Web site, www.michigan.gov/dnr.

Hunters may purchase one antlerless license each day for either private or public land but may buy no more than five private land licenses total.

Hunters may purchase no more than two private land antlerless licenses for the UP and Northern LP combined, except there is no limit on the number of licenses a hunter may buy for the five-county bovine tuberculosis zone in the Northeastern Lower Peninsula.

Antlerless licenses cost $10 and will remain on sale until quotas are met for each Deer Management Unit.