Fill Out Your 2012 Michigan Deer Harvest Survey

The little blue surveys have gone out and a lucky 50,000 or so hunters have been asked to provide detailed information about their 2012 deer hunting season in Michigan. Three even luckier hunters that fill out this survey and return it to the DNR by Feb. 15 will be eligible to win a shotgun, muzzleloader, or bow donated by the Safari Club International Michigan Involvement Committee.

It’s important to be on the lookout for these mailed deer surveys because they are a key component to estimating the Michigan deer harvest each year, which feeds into season regulations the following year. With the survey information reported each year, combined with check station data and biological monitoring in the field, the DNR has a fairly precise set of data (within +/- 5% accuracy)  in which to manage the deer population.

So how do you get one? Each year, the DNR randomly selects individuals who had purchased a Michigan deer hunting license (firearm, archery, antlerless, or combination deer hunting licenses) and had not already voluntarily reported harvest information via the Internet. Hunters receiving the questionnaire were asked the same 6 questions as asked via the internet.

Hunters that do not receive a survey in the mail but wish to provide their hunting and harvest information may visit www.michigan.gov/deer and select the Deer Harvest Reporting Form link. It is important to fill this survey out even if you didn’t hunt or weren’t successful, all of this is data  goes into making predictions of future deer populations and harvest success rates more accurate.

MUCC urges our members and the public to take this survey each year to provide the best possible data to the DNR. We’ll let you know the results around May or June once it is all compiled.

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  • Ron Lester

    The deer herd in Western Hillsdale County has been eradicated by the blood disease. Farmers report no animals in the post deer season and sightings by hunters during the season resembled hunting in 1970.
    Between the disease and coyotes, I suspect deer hunting will never return to the levels seen in the 1990s and the early part of the 21st century. I suspect the insurance companies see the bright side but for long time hunters, it appears to be a disaster. I only hope the turkeys can continue to thrive.
    Ron Lester.
    ps8998@aol.com

  • JAY

    I bow hunt and muzzleload in Mecosta and Monroe county. Probably logged close to 30 days afield and hardly seen a dozen deer.

  • glenway

    Deer numbers seemed unaffected by any disease. My brassica food plots are still getting hammered by deer this winter. Still disappointed in the buck to doe ratio, however, in Shiawassee County.

  • Muddyboots

    Cass County was hammered beyond belief with EHD the last TWO years and the numbers reflect it.