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Deer hunters are reminded they can apply for a Michigan antlerless deer license July 15 to Aug. 15.

Some areas of the state have a limited number of antlerless deer license applications available, making applying for that deer management unit important for some. Private-land applications do require a landowner phone number, so have it ready.

Young hunters, 16 and under, can buy antlerless deer licenses over the counter July 15- Aug. 15.

Any leftover licenses that remain will go on sale Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. 

For more details about antlerless deer hunting and to buy an application online, visit michigan.gov/deer

MDNR Report

Michigan Wolf Survey Shows Healthy Wolf Population in UP

Two wolves on a winter trail from a previous DNR wolf survey in the Upper Peninsula.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division officials said today the states wolf population has remained relatively stable over the past four wolf surveys, the most recent of which occurred this past winter.

DNR wildlife biologists estimate there was a minimum of 662 wolves found among 139 packs across the Upper Peninsula this past winter. The 2016 minimum population estimate was 618 wolves.

Based on our latest minimum population estimate, it is clear wolf numbers in Michigan remain viable and robust, said Russ Mason, chief of the DNRs wildlife division. A similar trend is apparent in Wisconsin and Minnesota. The western Great Lakes states wolf population is thriving and has recovered.

Fifteen more wolf packs were found during this past winters survey than in 2016, but pack size has decreased slightly and now averages less than five wolves.

The Dowagiac Conservation Club will host a Hunter Safety Class July 5-7 with registration set for Wednesday at the clubhouse.

The course will be held at the club from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 5-6 and 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 7.

There is no charge for the class but students must pre-register with a birth certificate and attend all three classes to get their Hunter Safety Certification.

For more information, call Furmer, 269-646-9839.