Why was the deer season extended in Michigan and why can you use rifles during muzzleloader season?

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  1. sgc

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    Always looked forward to Dec. 1 to run dogs. Who decided this?
     
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    Before Covid hit it was decided to do this because, not enough deer were being taken in the lower part of the state. However, I think we are going to see record numbers of hunters over the next 4 days during the thanksgiving break


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    But I believe this new season timing includes the U.P. which seems to always have a smaller deer herd. ?
     
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    Guess I am lost cwd we have had such an extended season for years, first it was extended black powder, than the added any weapon.
    I do miss the old days of just a bow in hand and no one out during Christmas week.

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    The NRC did because people aren't killing enough deer! The deer heard is to big overall and with the number of hunters and kill% the heard has been increasing they want it to go down.
     
  6. Ford 800

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    It always felt really odd as a kid switching from a rifle to a bow on December 1st. I knew my chances were greatly limited from all the pressure on the herd during rifle season. From seeing deer almost daily up until November 14, to a frozen, polar landscape come December 1st with deer being nocturnal.
     
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    Maybe i'm behind the times because i dont deer hunt any more. I thought this was a 2020 thing where rifle extended past Nov. 30 and muzzleloader was any firearm. I was surprised when i saw this.
     
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    I guess it all.depends on what part of the state u are hunting. Zone 3 I believe is the only one able to use all weapons. Still muzzleloader only in the other zones of northern lower and U.P.
     
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    Oh, ok. I didnt get that. Makes more sense.
     
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    I always sat my hounds between 11/15 and 11/30 for the sportsman who hunt deer. I dont have hounds anymore (or at this time), but if I did I'd be running them on 12/1.
     
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    Muzzleloader has actually been shortened in zone 3.
     
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    Was 14 now 9 days
     
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    I think it is a real kick in the shorts to M L hunters, to make this a free for all season.. in Pennsylvania they have a flintlock only season. M L should have not been changed
     
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    DNR has gone nuclear ...killum ...killum all .
     
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    You can thank the car insurance companys for this, they are putting pressure on to reduce the herd so they dont have to pay out as many claims.