LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — When it comes to hunting deer this season, Michigan’s lower peninsula is the place to be, according to state officials.
Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources expects a good deer season in the mitten, based on deer sightings and the weather conditions.
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However, hunting conditions in the Upper Peninsula are a different story. The DNR says that region is struggling with a low deer population because of a harsh winter.
Firearm deer season opens Tuesday. As of Sunday, the DNR said it sold 506,318 deer hunting licenses for the season, down 4.7 percent from the same time last year.
State officials tell 24 Hour News 8 that hunters tend to purchase fewer licenses when the season starts on a Monday or Tuesday, compared to a Thursday or Friday.
The DNR urges hunters to test any deer meat they plan to eat to ensure the animal is not infected with Chronic Wasting Disease, which is fatal to deer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says while there is no strong evidence CWD affects humans, people should not eat a deer with CWD.