First deer taken during firearm season arrive at Cabela’s

Cabela's deer check-in
A Department of Natural Resources officer outside Cabela's checks a deer taken during firearm season. (Nov. 15, 2016)

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — Some of the first deer taken during firearm deer season are showing up outside Cabela’s in Grandville.

The store’s parking lot is hosting one of many check-in locations set up by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

State officials say check-ins are important for the DNR to track the herd. The information they glean helps them monitor age, antler count and health of the area deer population.

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The DNR says the experiences hunters share from out in the woods is also important.

“It gives us a chance to interact with deer hunters to see how the season is going – what their trips have been like, if they’re seeing a lot of deer. (It’s) almost like your annual physical with your doctor: how we doing this year?” said Mark Sargent, southwest regional supervisor for the DNR.

The DNR estimates more than 90 percent of hunters statewide will pursue deer this year, spending an average of seven days on the hunt this firearm season.