28% Rise in Deer License sales from 2019

Discussion in 'Michigan Whitetail Deer Hunting' started by d_rek, Oct 13, 2020.

  1. sureshot006

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    I can't say what additional hunting activity there is but traveling I encountered a LOT more traffic this past weekend both heading up and heading back than I ever have in the fall.
     
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    I will bring some tie downs. Maybe some cargo netting to make sure the fawns don't slip out.
     

  3. DirtySteve

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    I thought they were still slashing tires for shooting does in the UP?
     
  4. FullQuiver

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    Venison veal... Mmmmmm;-).. Can I get in on this.,.
     
  5. Luv2hunteup

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    Fish On!

    132 killed in 2018
    160 killed in 2019

    Bring your pocket full of combo tags and have at it.
     
  6. Lumberman

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    This is setting up to be a disaster for the public land hunters.

    Everyone is right. This will have no effect on the overall harvest. Most of this state already had close to unlimited doe permits. Those areas will stay unchanged.

    But the heavily hunted public land areas where the deer are already struggling and doe permits have been limited for years will be destroyed.

    No amount of tags is going to increase harvest where’s there is limited pressure and all private land. This is dumbest thing the DNR has ever done.

    Where is this public land where the does need to be massacred?
     
  7. CHASINEYES

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    28% increase in sales with 50% success ratio. Doe to buck harvest ratio under the old license structure has been ???? There should be an increase harvest in both sexes, but how much will the new license harvest structure skew the sex harvest ratio? Will the new license structure increase success ratio?

    November 15-30th might be a bad time to be a lone wondering BB.
     
  8. d_rek

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    My hypothesis...

    Increase in sales is temporary. Trend will reverse and go back into decline for 2021, and continue on that path. Might even be accelerated by prolonged economic hardship/recession.

    Do we have spring turkey harvest numbers yet? Weren't they up this year? Probably see a similar uptick for deer harvest is my guess.

    Anecdotally... seeing a lot of traffic at public land around me. Most lots have a vehicle in them - even mid day on a weekday. Private pressure is same-ish. Kids are back to school and most are back to work, so not as much disruption in the woods like we had for spring turkey.
     
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    Maybe folks bought some equipment with that stimulus money and have to try it out. If its discouraging they'll quit.
     
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  10. Ranger Ray

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    Good news.
     
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    DNR didn't start the turkey survey until late. They were thinking non essential spending at first. Took alot of prodding with letters from Michigan chapter NWTF for the survey to be done at all. Glad to see they finally realized it was a crucial part of management especially with the increased license sales.

    Sent from my SM-G950U using Michigan Sportsman mobile app
     
  12. d_rek

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    I looked for the survey results. Are they posted somewhere? All I could find was 2019.
     
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    An increase is good news. Hopefully it is sustainable but I have my doubts.
     
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    Seen a couple new posters in the LFTS threads. Stated they were first timers.
     
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