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As hundreds of thousands of hunters head into the field with Michigan’s firearm deer season, the DNR encourages them to help hungry families in their community by donating a deer to Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger.

“Hunters who donate a deer will help local communities in need by providing them with highly desirable venison meals,” said Joe Presgrove, public outreach analyst in the DNR Marketing and Outreach Division who coordinates the department’s partnership with Michigan Sportsman Against Hunger.

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Deer hunter with harvest

Michigan’s annual deer hunting seasons – to many, as much a fall tradition as football, apple cider and pumpkin patches – are once again underway.

Starting with the fall 2022 deer seasons, all hunters who successfully take a deer are required to report it through the DNR’s online harvest reporting system.

This new reporting system is something many hunters have been requesting for several years. During this first fall with mandatory online reporting, conservation officers will focus on educating hunters on the new process, rather than issuing tickets, then begin enforcement next year.

Since the 1950s, the DNR has gathered deer harvest information by mailing surveys to a sample of hunters.

“The new system represents a major change for all Michigan hunters,” DNR deer, elk and moose management specialist Chad Stewart said. “The system will provide us a near real-time estimate of deer harvest as it occurs, something Michigan has never experienced before.”

One of the most important reasons for the move to online harvest reporting, according to Stewart, is more data.

By Louie Stout

Michigan Buck

If you have a lot of hunting friends on social media, you know that the bow season produced a lot of nice bucks.

Will we see the same during the gun season that opened Saturday in Indiana and begins Tuesday in Michigan?

We always do, and that should include a few giant bucks getting knocked down by fortunate hunters.

Based upon mandatory harvest reports compiled by Michigan for the first time this season, there have been nearly 86,800 deer taken in that state through Friday. Buck harvest in border counties included 544 in Berrien, 565 in Cass, 527 in St. Joseph, 668 in Branch and 1,058 in Hillsdale.

In Indiana, 28260 deer have been harvested as of Friday with 11,407 of them being antlered bucks, slightly behind last year’s buck harvest for the same period of time. Northern Indiana border county buck harvests are Lake (157), Porter (157), LaPorte (232), St. Joseph (165), Elkhart (266), LaGrange (336) and Stueben ((350).

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Michigan Game Wardens

Hunters can expect excellent conditions for the 2022 firearm deer season, which begins Nov. 15. To ensure a safe season, too, Michigan DNR conservation officers are sharing best practices and tips to avoid the most common violations and mistakes they see every year.

“Most of the violations conservation officers encounter during firearm deer season are simple mistakes people make when they get caught up in the excitement of the hunt or forget to put safety first,” said F/Lt. Jason Wicklund, DNR Law Enforcement Division. “Our top priority is keeping people safe, so they have a good story to tell friends and family about their successful hunt.”

Here are 10 best practices for hunters to remember:

1 – Properly tag your deer

Before field-dressing or moving a deer, kill tags should be filled out (including the month and date the deer was taken and the deer’s gender and number of antler points) and properly placed on the deer. Conservation officers often see the wrong kill tag on game – such as fish or turkey licenses on deer. Often, this is a simple mistake made in the dark and can be corrected by re-tagging the deer as soon as you notice the error.

Remember, too, that reporting your deer within 72 hours of harvest is just as important as tagging it. Everything hunters need to know is available on the DNR’s harvest reporting webpage.

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With the deer reduction zone season underway and the statewide archery deer season starting Oct. 1, Indiana Conservation Officers remind hunters to stay safe.
The various deer hunting seasons run through Jan. 31, 2023. It is estimated that more than 300,000 people will participate in some form of deer hunting in Indiana during that span.

The most common injuries during deer seasons are accidents involving tree stands and elevated platforms. Hunters should follow the safety tips listed below when hunting from an elevated position.

Before the hunt:

  • Read and understand the tree stand manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Check tree stands and equipment for wear, fatigue, and cracks or loose nuts/bolts, paying particularly close attention to parts made of material other than metal.
  • Practice at ground level.
  • Learn how to properly wear your full-body safety harness.

During the hunt:

  • Wear your full-body safety harness.
  • Use a tree stand safety rope.
  • Make certain to attach your harness to the tree before leaving the ground, and that it remains attached to the tree until you return to the ground.
  • Maintain three points of contact during ascent and descent.
  • Use boots with non-slip soles.
  • Use a haul line to raise and lower firearms, bows and other hunting gear.
  • Make sure firearms are unloaded, action is open, and safety is on before attaching them to the haul line.

Additional safety tips:

  • Carry emergency equipment, such as a cellphone and flashlight.
  • Make a plan before you hunt.
  • Tell someone your plan, including where you will be hunting and when you plan to return.
  • Stick to your plan.
  • Identify game before pointing a firearm.
  • Know your target and what is beyond it.

For more information, see hunting.IN.gov.