LANSING, Mich. (AP) - About 675,000 hunters are expected to scour woods and rural areas across the state over the 16-day firearm deer season.
The state Department of Natural Resources expects Tuesday's opening day to feature the same number of deer in the bottom half of Michigan's Lower Peninsula as last year.
The Detroit Free Press reports upward of 300,000 of Michigan's 1.6 million deer will be taken this season, but fewer hunters could take part the first day because it begins on a Tuesday and not the weekend.
Firearm deer season started on a Monday in 2010.
The DNR reported in its annual forecast last month that the deer population appeared excessive on some private lands in the northern Lower Peninsula, while numbers were rising slowly in some publicly owned areas.
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