(MDNR report)

For those who plan to hunt outside of Michigan this fall, it is important to note that regulations related to the importation of harvested cervids (such as deer, elk or moose) have changed substantially.

Hunters who harvest a cervid in any other state or province can bring back only the following cervid parts into Michigan:


(MDNR Report)

The Michigan DNR reminds hunters that antlerless deer application results are available beginning today.

Application results and leftover license availability can be found at mi.gov/deer.

Any leftover antlerless deer licenses not issued in this drawing will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. EDT until license quotas are met.

The 2017 antlerless deer license quotas for each DMU also can be found at mi.gov/deer. Please note, DMU 333 has unlimited antlerless licenses that may be purchased without application beginning Sept. 5 at 10 a.m.


(Excerpted from "Calling Whitetails: Methods, Myths and Magic," by Gary
Sefton)

The Mechanics of Deer Calling

The trick to calling anything is in knowing what to say, when to say it and what it should sound like. You will need more than precise written descriptions of the actual and the artificial sounds.

Go to Google, type in 'deer vocalizations' and listen to the live deer recordings. Once you know what a vocalization should sound like, you will need an accurate device to reproduce the sounds. Different ears will hear the same sounds differently. My best advice is to listen to different grunt and bleat calls and go with the ones that sound best to your ear when compared to what you've heard on 'live' shows and tapes.

Social Curiosity Situations / Early Season Calling

Late September and early October are my favorite times to bowhunt whitetails. I look forward to my pre-season scouting trips in search of preferred food sources, and I enjoy the satisfaction and the beginning tingles of excitement I get when I find what I am looking for.

I use binoculars to scout for acorns (because they can be invisible to the naked eye), marking the heavy nut-bearing trees on a map before the season.