Firearm deer season forecast: Dry, warm start

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A white-tailed deer. (Courtesy Thurston De Vos, file)

(WOOD) — Hunters across West Michigan who have been counting down to the Nov. 15 start of firearm deer season can expect mild and dry weather.

Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources expects a good deer season in the mitten, based on deer sightings and the weather conditions.


Hunters hoping to take down a big buck Tuesday should plan on a cool and dry morning with temperatures in the 30s and sunrise around 7:35 a.m.

There may be areas of patchy for with a calm to very light wind out of the south or southwest. There will be more cloud cover Tuesday than the previous several days, but most of the day should be dry. The best chance of a stray sprinkle will be north of Interstate 96. The wind will shift to a more westerly direction through the day, but should remain fairly light, between 5-10 mph.

Those heading to the Upper Peninsula to hunt should plan on a chance of rain through the day, with the highest chances being farthest to the north. Sunset will be around 5:18 p.m. with a waning gibbous moon.


Tuesday will top out above average, with highs in the upper 50s. The first several days of firearm season will be mild, with highs topping 60 degrees both Thursday and Friday. A sharp cool-down is on the way toward the end of the week.


Expect a chance of rain and snow to mix in with wind Saturday and Sunday. Skies will be cloudy but are trending drier Monday, with highs only topping out in the upper 30s!

Those waiting for sticking snow to hunt should plan on heading out the last week of November. The long-term forecast calls for several chances of light accumulation as we near the end of the month.