Deer hunting season met with concern - WNEM TV 5

Deer hunting season met with concern

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LINWOOD, MI (WNEM) -

The day many hunters circle on their calendars is less than a week away.

"It definitely, it's a tradition," said hunter, Richard Maida.

People are gearing up for firearm deer season at Frank's Great Outdoors in Linwood.

Andy Gorske said some people are coming into his store excited.

"A lot of guys are seeing some deer and things are looking good for some people," Gorske said.

But that's not the case for everyone. Maida said he's seeing fewer deer than ever.

"I think if it's going to survive over the long run, I think we're going to have to maintain numbers, I think it's very important," Maida said.

The Department of Natural Resources said the last two winters have put a hurt on the state's deer herd.

In May, the DNR even considered closing the deer season in the Upper Peninsula because of low numbers.

"I think some changes definitely need to happen," Gorske said. "Antler restrictions, maybe go to only one buck tag, that way you make a choice of what you're going to shoot."

The state agency does believe there are more quality, mature deer for the taking.

When you talk to people who are just about to head up to deer camp, or go deep into the woods, they say that getting a deer in the season is a benefit, it's not necessary though, but they do know it's important to Michigan's economy to have deer in the woods, so people continue to come.

"Fewer deer, and there's less hunters up here as there used to be, it hurts the economy up here, it's a tradition, and the tradition seems to be slipping," said hunter Chris Olah.

And hunters said something needs to be done to protect this very important tradition.

"It is concerning to me," Olah said.

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