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Old 01-18-2014, 04:36 PM
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Some of the information from the 1st meeting, pasted from the Soo Evening News
···· By Scott Brand
Posted Jan. 15, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

Sault Ste. Marie
Changes will be made in Upper Peninsula deer hunting regulations in 2014 and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is encouraging hunters to voice their suggestions and concerns to the Upper Peninsula Deer Advisory Team (UPDAT).
Deer Program Biologist Ashley Autentrieth welcomed dozens of hunters to Tuesday’s open house in Sault Ste. Marie, the first of eight scheduled for the Upper Peninsula in the coming weeks.
In what she called a “perfect storm,” license restructuring will require at least some change for the upcoming deer season as one of the popular options appears to be no longer on the table.
Since 2008, hunters had the choice of purchasing one license which allowed them to harvest any buck with an antler of at least three inches or they could opt for a combination tag which would allow for two bucks with a minimum of 3-points on a side for one license and 4-points on a side for the second.
“With license restructuring,” Autenrieth explained, “that is no longer an option.”
The list of potential regulations for 2014 includes (A)one buck per year with no restriction beyond a single antler of 3-inches or more; (B)a no spike rule which would allow for the harvest of two deer with the second license good for animals with 4-points or more on a side; (C)a 3-point minimum for the first buck and a 4-point minimum on a second buck; and (D)the final option calls for reverting back to the pre-2008 regulations allowing for one buck with a minimum of one 3-inch antler and a second with at least 4-points on a side.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources personnel also indicated that whatever path was chosen for 2014 would remain in place for three years. With that said, however, the DNR provided assurances that antlerless quotas could change in the event of a severe winter.

My red letter edit to separate options.

What's your pleasure? And why? All feel free to respond but maybe indicate if you actually will be hunting in the UP next fall
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Old 01-18-2014, 05:19 PM
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These changes have been tossed around for a couple of years. Once the lower goes to 3/4 later this year the UP will follow making rules similar statewide.
http://www.upwhitetails.com/2013_regs.html
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Changes will be made in Upper Peninsula deer hunting regulations in 2014 and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is encouraging hunters to voice their suggestions and concerns to the Upper Peninsula Deer Advisory Team (UPDAT).


So the UPDAT will be the ones making this decision? Did the provide the contact info for them? Kinda surprising this is just now being mentioned by the DNR ,as it was clear as soon as the restructuring was passed that the HC was no longer an option
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Uh, oh. Any info on the crisis hotline phone number that will surely be needed?
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What is a beautiful thing?


Again, to keep the peanut gallery at bay, I am seriously asking you the question and not trying to be sarcastic
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Again, to keep the peanut gallery at bay, I am seriously asking you the question and not trying to be sarcastic
To see michigan push forward on rule changes.
My best guess, 3/4 statewide 2014
Its pretty clear the direction this state is headed. Like it or not.
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To see michigan push forward on rule changes.
My best guess, 3/4 statewide 2014
Its pretty clear the direction this state is headed. Like it or not.
It will be interesting to see what the new UP rules end up being. The NRC commissioners who are Yoopers will be the primary influences on that.

As far as a 3/4 rule statewide, I don't see there being any possibility of that happening in the SLP. Perhaps I'm missing something.
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To see michigan push forward on rule changes.
My best guess, 3/4 statewide 2014
Its pretty clear the direction this state is headed. Like it or not.

Looks like the options are go back to original regs all the way to a three point MARs, so........


Another question on this is when did they change the rules for the consideration of implementing QDM via MARs?(not that that is what will be implemented but it is being considered) Was this change after the LPDMI proposal submitted? Why hasn't any one heard about this change. Is the DNRs change on its stance of QDM and MARs published any where?
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It will be interesting to see what the new UP rules end up being. The NRC commissioners who are Yoopers will be the primary influences on that.

As far as a 3/4 rule statewide, I don't see there being any possibility of that happening in the SLP. Perhaps I'm missing something.
Like I said its just my guess. One way to keep things simple.
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Followingn the OP's directions:

I would go for (A). Many people on this forum, both for and against APR's seem to believe the middle ground would be an OBR. Those against APR's can still shoot the buck they would choose, and some of those for APR's state that some people would not 'spend' their one license on a spike or forky.

Here is your chance.

BTW, at this time, I do not plan to hunt the U.P. next year.
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BTW, at this time, I do not plan to hunt the U.P. next year.
Because of a potential rule change or other reasons?
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Old 01-19-2014, 06:58 AM
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I personally like the 3/4 rule. The best part will be that everyone will need to follow the same rules. At least I think that is what I read in the article. I always thought it was BS that I had to pass on Spikes & Forks (combo tag) & someone else in camp could drop those same deer (single tag). Yes, I will hunt the UP next year. Been hunting the UP every year for over 30 years.
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Would be option A, OBR. I agree with motdean that OBR is in the middle ground of the MAPR debate. I am a UP resident and will be hunting the UP, and only the UP, this year.
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I don't like any of these to be honest.
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