28% increase in Hunters in 2020

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  1. Josh R

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    Are multiple doe tags considered a license sale?
    Just asking because I'm not sure

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  2. DirtySteve

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    Yes they are a license sale. But if you read the tearly harvest report they breakdown the number of hunters vs license sales.

    The thought this year was that doe tags sales would decrease because you can shoot a doe on any deer license in most of the state this year. The decrease didnt happen. Deer license sales were up 30% well before doe tags went on sale anyway.
     
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  3. Josh R

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    OK that's what I thought the case was, thanks for that info. That's all I was trying to get at, I was hoping that they weren't just going off of license sales. I've heard, like you mentioned as well, that the number of deer licenses has gone up a well as fishing licenses which is a good thing. It is easier, IMO, to track the actual number of hunters and fishermen when there isn't more then 1 kill tag involved like deer hunting. I wonder if they'll announce the actual increase at the end of the season, you would think that number should be easy to get since they can use the person's name or their license number

    Let's hope the numbers at least stay steady, maybe the pandemic helped and hopefully those whom either got back into the sport or just started will keep doing so in the future. We need as many as we can get

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    I am sure there will be an anouncment since it has been mentioned many times this year. The harvest report always gives grand total of license sales and number of actual hunters.....we wait a long time for that each year though.
     
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  5. Luv2hunteup

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    $5.00 antlerless tags is a pretty good incentive to purchase one or more. Where else can you shoot 10 deer for $50.00?
     
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    I have all but given up, the hunting pressure is so heavy in the lower part of Mich.

    I have scouted all over the place down here with 70+ hours and nothing but stands and people
    everywhere. Hang a few cameras and you will get real view of the pressure thats going on when your not there. Its un believable.
     
  7. bradepb

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    I hear you, I have hunted SE public for decades. The only thing I can say is that there are still far fewer people and deer than back in the 90"s
     
  8. Trophy Specialist

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    The last I heard from the DNR, that 28% number has dropped a lot.
     
  9. HUBBHUNTER2

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    Are you talking for a couple select counties or state wide? I'm not seeing anything showing Antlerless for $5 state wide
     
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  10. Sasquatch Lives

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    Kill em all!
     
  11. Luv2hunteup

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    Antlerless deer licenses just $5 for northeastern Lower Peninsula hunters
    Contact: Chad Stewart, 517-282-4810 General inquiries: DNR Wildlife Division, 517-284-9453
    Agency: Natural Resources

    Sept. 30, 2020

    [​IMG]Hunters in deer management units 452 and 487 may now purchase antlerless deer licenses for only $5. Public- and private-land antlerless licenses are available in DMU 487 and public-land antlerless licenses are available in DMU 452. The discounted cost – reduced from the regular $20 antlerless deer license – is intended to provide an incentive for hunters to take more deer, which would help manage the size of the herd in northeast Michigan and may reduce the amount of bovine tuberculosis in the area. The discounted licenses are available to both resident and nonresident hunters.

    Deer management units 452 and 487 include all of Alcona, Alpena, Iosco, Montmorency, Oscoda and Presque Isle counties. Hunters taking more antlerless deer in this targeted area can reduce the number of deer interacting with farms and help limit the number of bovine tuberculosis-infected wildlife and cattle herds in the future.

    Bovine TB is spread primarily through the exchange of respiratory secretions between infected and uninfected animals. This transmission usually happens when animals are in close contact with each other. Bacteria released into the air through coughing and sneezing or onto shared food sources can spread the disease to uninfected animals.

    Licenses will be offered at this reduced cost until October 2021. Resources to support this discount have been provided by the state Legislature, which has earmarked General Fund dollars to replace revenue the Game and Fish Protection Fund loses from the discounted licenses.

    Discounted licenses will be available starting Oct. 1 and may be purchased online at Michigan.gov/DNRLicenses or at any retail license agent.

    More information about deer hunting is available at Michigan.gov/Deer.
     
  12. DirtySteve

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    Latest report I saw is 17% ahead of last year. Turkey hunters were 27% increase. Fishing licenses were 9% increase. New hunters are up 95% over last year.
     
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    Believe that number will dive considerably when many areas will be void of deer ...already seen drastic drop in sightings around me but guess that's the plan for this area .
     
  14. NbyNW

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    I drive by two public land access points daily where deer, turkey, bear, and small game/upland hunting are possibilities and two public boat ramps where waterfowling is an option. I have seen three trucks total this year at the public land access and average counts at the boat ramps.
    The farmer down the road did not plant his 120 acres this year, so deer traffic and waterfowl traffic is down considerably compared to the average fall.
    Im interested to see how many shots I hear on the 15th.
     
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    Sounds like a win to me even if 1 out of 10 stick and 1 out of 2 are now more sympathetic to hunters on the next ballot initiative.