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MDNR Report

As of Oct. 1, Michigan hunters can now report their 2021 deer harvest online.

All data collected helps the DNR to manage the deer population in Michigan. Reporting your deer is optional, but highly encouraged.

When you report your harvest, you’ll be asked to give your hunting license number, date of birth, deer season (archery, firearm, etc.), date of harvest, the county and deer management unit where you harvested your deer, whether you harvested an antlered or antlerless deer, the number of antler points, and the location where the deer was harvested.

The location information is kept private and used for statistical purposes only.

This video will walk you through the simple steps you’ll use to report your deer harvest online. You can report your harvest at Michigan.gov/DNRHarvestReport.

SJC Parks Report

St. Joseph County Parks will implement a second deer management program at Bendix Woods County Park in New Carlisle this December.

Bendix Woods County Park consists of 195 acres with 27 acres dedicated as a state dedicated nature preserves, a classification given to high quality ecosystems. Review and approval for the deer management program was required by the Division of Nature Preserves of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The district biologist for the Division of Fish and Wildlife assisted in the assessment.

The deer management hunt (muzzleloader) will take place on December 4 and December 5, 2021. Bendix Woods County Park will be closed to the public on these dates. To emphasize deer population reduction, the management program will be an antlerless hunt.

By Louie Stout

Whitetail Deer

The 2021 archery season that open today in both Indiana and Michigan is lining up to be pretty darn good.

Wildlife biologists from both states say there are a lot of healthy deer out there and that conditions are setting up to make it a fun fall hunt.

Indiana deer biologist Joe Caudell said he expects a season similar to last year, which by the way, saw the harvest up over the previous year.

“The harvest numbers also were up during the youth season this year which could be an indication that this year’s harvest could be a little better than last year,” he said.

In Michigan, southwest Michigan biologist Ken Kesson said the deer population is good and mast production has been excellent.

MDNR Report

Whitetail Deer

The Michigan DNR has released its annual deer hunting preview just ahead of the deer hunting seasons, which begin Sept. 11. Overall, conditions are looking excellent for the upcoming seasons, and deer hunters can expect hunting to be as good as or better than last year.

Hunters who have viewed the 2021 Hunting Digest may have noticed a few regulation changes in place this year, including a universal antlerless license that can be used across deer management units in most of the state. Some northern Upper Peninsula DMUs are closed to antlerless deer hunting, and two U.P. DMUs, 351 and 352, require an access permit along with the universal antlerless license. See pages 60 and 61 in the 2021 Hunting Digest for more details.

"These regulation changes reflect the evolution of deer hunting in Michigan," said Chad Stewart, DNR Deer and Elk Program specialist. "The last 20 years have resulted in dramatic and sustained declines in hunter numbers. When combined with an abundant and resilient deer herd that continues to grow, and the added challenge of managing deer diseases, a change that represented this shifting dynamic was necessary."

Regional outlooks follow. The full 2021 deer hunting preview is available at Michigan.gov/Deer.

IDNR Report

Indiana DNR’s Division of State Parks is seeking volunteer hunters to participate in deer management hunts at 17 locations this fall.

Properties where hunting will be allowed with firearms only (i.e., any firearm legal to take deer on public land in Indiana) are Chain O’Lakes, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, Versailles, and Whitewater Memorial state parks, and Cave River Valley Natural Area.