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DETROIT (AP) — Michigan officials want to encourage hunting in the Detroit area in an effort to cut by 54,000 the estimated 116,000 deer in communities around the city.

Officials also hope to cut by nearly a third the 868,000 deer in the southern part of the Lower Peninsula.

New measures to reduce deer could include more hunting seasons, longer seasons or split seasons with more opening days, said wildlife habitat biologist Earl Flegler of the state Department of Natural Resources.

Other possibilities are increasing the incentives to hunt deer without antlers — which tend to be female — and increasing marketing to encourage hunting, The Detroit News reported yesterday.

State officials are concerned that deer could spread bovine tuberculosis or chronic wasting disease, ailments that are now limited to northern Michigan. Other concerns are that deer feeding could threaten the regeneration of foliage

New subdivisions have turned once-hunted wooded areas into landscapes that attract deer with young trees, shrubs and grass. Once there, the deer invade gardens, eat plants, rummage through trash, cause car crashes and leave behind droppings.

Adding to the population is that the animals’ fertility allows them to grow herds by 50 percent each year, said Rod Clute, a big game specialist with the DNR.

“If we harvest a third of the population, they can match that the following year,” he said. “Then we’re right back where we started.”

Rare 35 years ago, the deer are now more plentiful in southern Michigan than in the rest of the state combined, state figures show. They live in mostly northern Detroit suburbs but also have been seen in developed areas in Dearborn, Auburn Hills and Romulus.

Michigan officials reassess the deer population every five years.


http://www.michigandaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2006/01/09/43c207deb8df8
 

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I saw a nice big doe IN BETWEEN 94 at inkster road last year and my next door neighbor seen 3 down the block. Hines park is loaded with them also. I wouldn't mind taking out some does near my house.
 

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Deer is plenty down here. I saw some does in the side of the #1 fire station on Big Beaver rd in downtown Royal Oak! Then I saw a big 8 Piont buck running in front of Bass Pro-Shop in fact see deer there every night and there all over in front of the Chrysler HQ building.
 

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Big Beaver Road is five miles north of downtown Royal Oak. I live in Royal Oak and I can promise you there are no deer in this city's limits. Are you sure you didn't mean Troy???
 

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ART said:
The DNR could increase the kill by ditching the safety zone for archery.
:yeahthat:

I couldn't agree more...at least change it to 200 ft. That is pretty much outside the effective range of a bow and would make it much,much easier to safely and legally hunt so many more areas a suburbia.
There's no other way to reduce the population of animals residing in and over populating the city and suburban green zones.
 

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giver108 said:
Big Beaver Road is five miles north of downtown Royal Oak. I live in Royal Oak and I can promise you there are no deer in this city's limits. Are you sure you didn't mean Troy???
I wouldn't be so sure. I worked at 11 mile and Greenfield for 10 years,living in Royal Oak at the time and I saw deer on my way to work several times.Not many,but 3 different occasions I can be sure of,one time in the ALLEY just north of 11 mile!!
 

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State officials are concerned that deer could spread bovine tuberculosis or chronic wasting disease, ailments that are now limited to northern Michigan. Other concerns are that deer feeding could threaten the regeneration of foliage

We have a CWD problem in Northern Michigan??? :bash:
 

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Bomba said:
Ninja you beat me to it, why would they put that in there? :dizzy:
Look at the article again. The "they" that you are referring to is a writer for the paper. This was not a press release from the DNR.
The writer made a mistake, and so did you to blame the DNR for making the statement.

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The 450' safety zone is definitely a hindrance, but the local ordinances prohibiting discharge of bows and arrows, along with guns, is of greater difficulty getting changed. How many of the local city or township councils/boards want to go on record as relaxing that standard for the general public to hunt? Pretty difficult issue from a liability standpoint!

This may be a little easier if we started to see Lyme Disease infection rates like they have out East--not even suggesting we wish for another reason to kill more deer!
 

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Giver108,

There are deer in Royal Oak, there was an 8 pt running around the Kimball HS football field a couple of years ago.
 

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Liver and Onions said:
Look at the article again. The "they" that you are referring to is a writer for the paper. This was not a press release from the DNR.
The writer made a mistake, and so did you to blame the DNR for making the statement.

L & O
I didn't see where Bomba said it was the DNR or blame them....:16suspect

However, the article did say that "State Officials" are concerned that deer could spread bovine tuberculosis or chronic wasting disease, ailments that are now limited to northern Michigan.
And it appears that the several references in the article to "Officials" are referring to the DNR.
 

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My friend lives between big beaver and wattles west of livernois. He has a trail cam by his bird feeder in his back yard and has gotten a couple of pics of 2 different massive 10 points in his backyard. I will email him and try and post a pic. He has seen plenty of other bucks back there that would score quite well. The funny thing is his house is in the middle of a neighborhood not backing up to a woods or anything. The deer love his neighbors backyard garden.
 

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Well I stand corrected I guess. Last fall my boss seen a road killed deer along Southfield Freeway just before the Eight Mile Road exit so anything is possible.

As far as deer in Troy goes, there are some monsters living in that city. About three years some idiot shot (he poached it and got nailed) right at the corner of John R and Square Lake. A couple years ago I was helping survey a woodlot (to be developed of course) about 100 yards north of Big Beaver Rd. between John R and Rochester Road and couldn't believe the size of some of the rubs I seen.
 

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giver108 said:
As far as deer in Troy goes, there are some monsters living in that city. About three years some idiot shot (he poached it and got nailed) right at the corner of John R and Square Lake.
If this is the one I remember, "poached" referred to shooting it within the city limits, in violation of their ordinance...hence my earlier point about how difficult it will be to change the control of local government for a problem that the "state" wants solved!
 

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Yes, I believe this is the same deer I was referring to. He shot it over a bait pile and it ran into someone's yard and died. I agree 100% w/Playin' Hooky about how difficult it would be to allow hunting in areas like this. I'll even say it will be just about impossible. The soccer moms will never let this happen, IMO.
 
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