Michigan deer hunting regulations for 2020 were finalized in July, and it is already time to start thinking about those for 2021.
Hunters and others interested in deer hunting regulations are invited to attend and give input during two virtual open house events next week.
The sessions will be held virtually from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 and†from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 21.
The content will be the same at both meetings.
Participants will hear from DNR experts about deer population dynamics, disease and harvest and hunter trends. Attendees will be given a look at, and an opportunity to weigh in on, the DNR-proposed 2021 deer hunting regulations.
The potential changes are meant to simplify deer hunting regulations and remove barriers to participation in deer hunting. Once public input has been gathered, it will be sent to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission for review before the commission votes on the proposed regulations in December.
To participate in the Aug. 20 meeting, click here.
For the Aug. 21 meeting, click here.
A video recording of the virtual open houses and a survey link will be available at Michigan.gov/Deer once the sessions have concluded. Hunters can provide feedback on the proposed regulations via the survey through Aug. 28.
The Michigan Natural Resources Commission approved a new package of deer regulations last week.
Michigan DNR deer program experts say the regulations, which will be in effect for the 2020 deer hunting season, will provide additional opportunities and cost savings for hunters and offer flexibility in how hunters pursue deer. The DNR uses existing and projected data to gauge the impact of proposed regulations. The data shows that the projected changes will not have a significant negative effect on the deer herd or the quality of deer hunting.
“These recommendations are aimed at making it easier for hunters of all ages and experience levels to enjoy a Michigan outdoor tradition, while at the same time facing the present and future challenges of managing the state’s abundant deer population,” said Chad Stewart, the DNR’s deer, elk and moose program leader.
Hunters can apply online for state park deer management draw hunts at on.IN.gov/reservedhunt. The online method is the only way to apply.
Northern Indiana properties included this year include Chain O’Lakes, Pokagon, Potato Creek and Trine State Recreation Area (archery only). Other state areas are Brown County, Charlestown, Fort Harrison (archery only), Harmonie, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Prophetstown, Shades, Spring Mill, Turkey Run, Versailles, and Whitewater Memorial state parks.
Early hunts are Nov. 16-17, and late hunts are Nov. 30-Dec. 1.