Antler Point Restrictions: Do they improve hunter participation?

During the last decade, hunter participation in Northern Michigan has plummeted around 20%.  Two small Deer Management Units, DMU 122 in the Upper Peninsula, and DMU 045 in the Northwestern Lower Peninsula, have both greatly outperformed nearby units.  This leads to the tantalizing possibility that hunters harvesting more and older bucks in these regions are more satisfied with their hunting, and may have continued to enjoy the sport while hunter numbers in surrounding areas have declined.  The video below details some of the striking results from these two Deer Management Units.

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4 Responses to Antler Point Restrictions: Do they improve hunter participation?

  1. jeff culy says:

    looks like your just trophy hunting to me. when did a deers value become antler numbers? its only a good deer if its an eight pt?

    • LPDMI says:

      Jeff, watch the video presentation. You’ll understand better why we have made this proposal, which BTW, is about as far removed from “trophy management” as you can get.

  2. john says:

    What will happen to the counties that youb are not allowed to harvest doe i n like Kalkaska county. Will that change at all?

    • LPDMI says:

      Kalkaska County passed APRs this year and will be part of a 5 year trial starting 2013.
      Antlerless quotas are set by the MDNR and have nothing to do with APRs. When overall deer numbers expand beyond goal, the MDNR increases antlerless tag availability.
      This is the case this year. Kalkaska County will have a limited number of antlerless tags available. This, coupled with the ability of archery hunters to take antlerless deer is what the MDNR uses to control deer populations.
      This same methodology will be used in any DMU that will be affected by the LPDMI proposal.

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