I hope I'm off base, but I've heard reports from people I trust in North Eastern Michigan, Iosco and Alcona County, that have witnessed snipers killing off large herds of deer. I deer hunt opening morning on federal or state land and have been doing so for the last seven or eight years. Normally, opening morning sounds like Vietnam. This year though, I heard no more than 20 gunshots during the first hour of opening morning. It was 13 °F and there was not an speck of wind, so I know if there were more people shooting, I would have heard it. I hunted on Cruzan Road in Alcona County in the middle of Federal Forest. People I know who have harvested deer every year including my family ... had a difficult time even seeing a deer this year anywhere in this area. I've heard reports of deer herd killings in Clark's Marsh. Another report came from a reliable source who talked to a man who served in the military and said that he witnessed snipers killing off deer in his own fields at night. When he approached them, he was instructed to leave the area and go home or face charges. I've been searching for information for the last couple of months and decided to post here to see if other people are aware of what may be going on with our deer herd.