As the 2011 Michigan deer hunting season gets underway, the Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that the DNR would like to check as many deer as possible during all the deer seasons to continue gathering critical data on Michigan’s deer herd. The data is important for monitoring the herd’s health and determining population size.

For a list of the 2011 deer check stations that will be open Nov. 15-30, during the regular firearm deer season, please go to www.michigan.gov/hunting. During all other deer seasons, deer can be checked at DNR Operations Service Centers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday (except state holidays). A list of Operations Service Centers can be found under Contact the DNR on the DNR’s website at www.michigan.gov/dnr. The last day to check your deer will be Jan. 6, 2012.

The DNR will test any deer that is identified as “suspect” for chronic wasting disease (CWD) and bovine tuberculosis (TB). The DNR will also collect samples of deer from areas where disease concerns have been identified, which include the five counties in the Northeastern Lower Peninsula within the TB area, as well as Iosco, Shiawassee, Cheboygan, and Emmet counties.

The 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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