The 2011 deer-hunting season kicks off in Michigan Thursday, Sept. 15, with a five-day early antlerless-only deer season in part of the state. Hunting will be allowed only on private land in portions of the Lower Peninsula. See the 2011 Antlerless Deer Hunting Digest available at license agents or www.michigan.gov/deer for a map of the areas open.

Only private-land antlerless deer licenses for appropriate Deer Management Units (DMUs) or deer management assistance permits (DMAP) for appropriate DMUs are valid.

The season will be followed immediately by a four-day youth antlerless deer season, Sept. 20-23. This season is open throughout Deer Management Unit (DMU) 486, which encompasses most of the southern half of the Lower Peninsula. See the 2011 Antlerless Deer Hunting Digest or the 2011 Michigan Hunting and Trapping Digest, available at license agents or www.michigan.gov/deer, for a map of DMU 486. An appropriate public- or private-land antlerless license or DMAP valid within DMU 486 is required.

For both of these seasons, firearms, archery gear, or crossbows may be used, but hunter orange is mandatory. Hunters must have permission from the landowner or leaseholder before hunting on private land.

For more information on hunting opportunities in Michigan, go to www.michigan.gov/hunting.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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