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Fair start to Michigan's deer season: ``Sitting outdoors''

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Not sure all hunters in Michigan for firearm deer season, which opened Sunday, would want to hear this description of the first few days from the Michigan DNR, but here it is: ``Good weather -- a lack of snow and little rain, warm temperatures and generally light winds - created excellent conditions for sitting outdoors.'' Bagging deer in those conditions have been fairly typical.

Some 3,000 people from Illinois, mainly from the Chicago area, hunt deer in Michigan.

Here's the early report from the Michigan DNR:

Early Reports of 2009 Firearm Deer Season Typical to Recent Years

The 2009 firearms deer season is underway and the first few days have
been typical of recent years, the Department of Natural Resources said.

Good weather -- a lack of snow and little rain, warm temperatures and
generally light winds - created excellent conditions for sitting
outdoors. Hunter numbers are about the same as last year, though Upper
Peninsula personnel report a slight decrease in hunter numbers,
especially in the west end. Hunter attitude seems good statewide.

Hunter success is similar to last year statewide, though a reduction in
the number of DNR deer check stations makes it difficult to gauge. Deer
are in good to very good body condition, though antler development is
sub-par in the northern two-thirds of the state.

Here's a look at the first few days on a regional basis:

Upper Peninsula - Hunters have brought in a large number of two and
one-half year-old bucks, though a number of them have been spikes or
small fork-antlered deer. The number of deer checked is down. Some
hunters have complained of low deer numbers. License agents report high
sales of firearms licenses compared to combination licenses.

Northern Lower Peninsula - Most deer checked do not appear to have a
lot of body fat, which was not unexpected after last winter. More older
bucks are coming to check stations, though antler development is below
par. Overall harvest appears to be down somewhat. Some hunters expressed
concern about low deer numbers.

Southern Michigan - Hunter success appears to be a little bit better
than last year with more older bucks being harvested. Hunting pressure
appears to be up significantly on public land over last year. Both body
condition and antler development of deer are good. The slow corn harvest
is a major subject of discussion among hunters, though many report
seeing good numbers of deer. Conservation officers are busy with
increased complaints of illegal baiting.

Firearms deer season continues through Nov. 30 with archery season
resuming Dec. 1. For more information about hunting opportunities in
Michigan, go online to www.michigan.gov/dnrhunting.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management,
accessible use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for
current and future generations.

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DEER POPULATIONS ARE DOWN AROUND KALKASKA COUNTY. WE HAD A HARD WINTER AN LOTS OF WINTER KILL. MOST HUNTERS AROUND HEAR HAVE ONLY SEEN A DEER OR TWO IN THREE OR FOUR DAYS. THE DEER TAKEN HAVE LOW BODY FAT. I HOPE FOR AN EASY WINTER OR NORTHERN MI DEER HERD WILL SUFFER!

The deer population in Isabella County has been decimated. Between the standing corn (mid-November) and kill crazy farmers, the Omish shooting everything they see, and the multiple firearm seasons before bow season, what deer are left in the area are totally nocturnal. We've been practicing QDM on 200 acres for the past 8 years, and this season has set us back to the beginning. I just hope the DNR doesn't destroy hunting in Michigan before my 2 year old son has a chance to enjoy what WAS once a passion of mine. Sitting in the woods for 20+ hours without seeing a deer is tough for anyone. Young hunters will never have the patience, and will lose interest. Did anyone learn a lesson from the pheasant we USED to have in the area. Apparently not.

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