Weigh in on Deer Proposal for Northwest MI

Public Educational Meetings for Proposed Expansion of Antler Restrictions to 12 Northwest Michigan Counties

Public informational meetings will be presented beginning tonight and throughout the spring/summer by the Northwest Michigan Quality Deer Management Association (NW MI QDMA), regarding the proposed expansion of the DMU 045 Leelanau County Antler Point Restriction(3pt restriction per one side, 4pt restriction per one side, under the current combo tag) to the larger region. The 12 proposed counties are Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Osceola, and Wexford.

While MUCC has no official policy on mandatory antler point restrictions (APR), we want to make our members and the public aware of this opportunity to get more information.

As you might recall, the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) decided to lift the 5-year moratorium on local antler point restriction proposals  last year. Under guidelines adopted by the NRC, mandatory regulations proposed by sponsoring organizations (NW MI QDMA) will only be implemented where a clear majority of 66 percent support among hunters in the proposed area is documented. Support will be determined by a survey mailed to a sample of hunters who indicated on the 2011 DNR deer harvest survey that they hunted deer in one of the 12 counties. Surveys will be mailed starting in August.

If the survey achieve s the minimum 66% hunter support, the APR will go into effect for the 2013 season. After a five-year trial period, a follow-up survey will be completed to determine if the restriction stays in effect. Antlerless deer regulations within the proposed area would continue to be determined by the Natural Resources Commission based on recommendations by DNR Wildlife Division staff.

If you have questions regarding the proposal, get your questions answered at one of the public meeting (see below) or check out the website for more information.  You can also contact NW MI QDMA at 231-590-7287.

Public Meetings (last updated 4/26/2012, visit this website to confirm locations/time):

  • April 26th, 7:00 p.m.
    Benzie Central High School, Auditorium, 9300 Homestead Rd., Benzonia, MI.
  • May 17th, 7:00 p.m.
    Kalkaska Kaliseum, Multi Purpose Room, 1900 Fairground Rd. N.W., Kalkaska, MI.
  • May 24th, 7:00 p.m.
    Cadillac Junior High, Cafeteria, 500 Chestnut St., Cadillac, MI.
  • May 31st, 7:00 p.m.
    Manistee High School, Commons, 525 12th St., Manistee, MI.
  • June 21st, 7:00 p.m.
    Mason County Eastern Middle/High School, 18 S. Main St., Custer, MI.
  • East Jordan Meeting – pending
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