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As many of you may know, the DNR is having regional public meetings regarding the establishment of deer density goals.

Northeast Lower Peninsula
The Northeast Management Unit meeting will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Ralph A. McMullen Conference Center located at 104 Conservation Dr. in Roscommon. This meeting includes the following DMUs: Alpena (001), Alcona (004), Antrim (005), Charlevoix (015), Cheboygan (016), Crawford (020), Emmet (024), Iosco (035 and 135), Montmorency (060), Ogemaw (065), Oscoda (065), Otsego (069), Presque Isle (071), Roscommon (072) and Bois Blanc Island (149). Information for the Northeast Management Unit can also be received by calling the Gaylord Operations Center at 989-732-3541.

You can check out the purpose of the meetings through this link
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/Deer_Population_Goals_141443_7.pdf

Here is a link to the specific goals for Cheboygan county:
http://www.midnr.com/publications/pdfs/wildlife/draft_deer_goals06_pdfs/DMU016.pdf

Here is a link to the goals for Presque Isle:
http://www.midnr.com/publications/pdfs/wildlife/draft_deer_goals06_pdfs/DMU071.pdf

I don't claim to know the answers, or if the DNR is on or off the mark. I do know that this is the only chance to voice our opinions for a long time, as these goals are to be set for the next 5 years. I'm no public speaker, but I will be going and take the oppertunity to make my feelings heard. I would encourage any of you that can make it to be there, and speak up. We may not be able to change anything at the meeting, but we sure can plant some seeds for the future.

Since I'm guessing that this meeting will run long, Bonnie & I plan to get a room for the night in Houghton Lake. It will make for a nice little get-a-way, since we can't go to the property this time of year. If anyone else wants to, maybe we could hook up after the meeting, and go share a pizza or something and hash it over.

Hope to see some of you there!
 
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