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Opening Up the Deer Hunting Season

Opening Up the Deer Hunting Season

Michigan conservation officials hope to expand the number of female deer killed in this year's hunt, but many hunters would much rather shoot bucks. Antlers are the big prize. (Photo by Scott Bauer - USDA)

Host: Rebecca Williams
Show date: 11/11/2010

Summary:
Last year in Michigan, there were more than 60,000 car accidents caused by deer. Farmers say they can lose a lot of money when deer eat their crops. And there are deer munching on backyard gardens and even running down sidewalks.

Wildlife managers say there are just too many deer in the state. And they want hunters to help. This fall the Natural Resources Commission is increasing the number of does hunters can kill in certain parts of the state. Especially in southern lower Michigan where there are lots of deer. They hope that by reducing the number of does in the fall, there’ll be fewer fawns born in the spring... and eventually the deer population will swing back into balance.



Tips on avoiding a deer-car crash

More info about the new regulations (.pdf file)

A related Environment Report story on deer birth control


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