I support HB-4259, a bill that would establish that a Saturday to start the 16-day Michigan Firearm Deer Season. The is bill was introduced by Representative Kevin Cotter. However; I believe, as it is currently written, this bill is flawed, specifically: No matter what Saturday is designated to begin the firearm season, there must be a provision whereby the NLP and UP are open to firearms during the weekend after Thanksgiving. Without this proviso, IMHO, this legislation is doomed. Secondly, I believe that for the purpose of the Michigan Firearm season, that the state be divided into two zones and have their own opening day on the Saturday before and after November 15 respectively. The "North Zone" would consist of the current deer hunting zones 1 and 2. The "South Zone" would be the current deer hunting zone #3. This would result in the following: Two opening days, both occurring on a Saturday and running for 16 days Assures that there will be three full weekends where firearm deer season is open (Always closes on a Sunday) Allows for the North Zone to extend the season when Thanksgiving occurs after the 16-day season has expired (happens twice within every 7-year cycle). The following table illustrates the dynamic surrounding a dual opener, occurring on a Saturday, running for 16 days, with accommodations for the North Zone and Thanksgiving.