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I am now to the point of considering hanging up my deer hunting cap!


Dear Woods-N-Water News:

I am a subscriber to your magazine and I wanted to share my letter I just sent to the DNR with regard to my poor deer hunt experience over the last two years. Possibly other hunters have experienced the same.

I have been deer hunting in Michigan for 36 years. I have had the opportunity to hunt in a number of places in Michigan from Glennie to Graying, the western UP, Alpena and most recently in Gladwin. In the past several years the hunting of deer in Michigan has went from excellent to terrible.

In the last six years I have primarily hunted in Alpena and Gladwin area and I have seen a steady decline in the deer population with the last two years the worst that I have seen. I am now to the point of considering hanging up my hunting cap. I truly enjoy the outdoors and hunting, and I am saddened at the thought of giving up a sport I have enjoyed for many years.

Last year I hunted with a friend on his property (47.8 acres) for eight days and saw only four deer, this year I hunted on the same property for nine days and saw zero deer. I also have talked with many other people who have hunted all over Michigan and they echo the same sentiment.

Last year I dropped an email to the DNR with the hope of letting someone know how sad the deer population was in Michigan but really didn't receive a reply as to how the DNR planned to restore the deer population to where it was years ago. I can recall going out for a ride many years ago and seeing up to 100 deer, today we don't see that type of deer population.

I have asked many hunters I talked with to contact the DNR to let them know how frustrating it has been these last two seasons.

Do other deer hunters in Michigan echo the same sentiment?

Regards

Terry Marshall

A concerned hunter


January 05, 2011

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