Although surveys show that the leading reasons many individuals participate in deer hunting is simply the opportunity to spend time outdoors with friends and family, harvesting a deer is still very important to many deer hunters. No amount of hunting guarantees a harvest, but preparation and hard work are keys to producing the best chance to see and take deer, or to mentor a new hunter through a safe and enjoyable season. The 2012 deer season is expected to be a successful year for many hunters, and as always, will certainly offer the exciting challenge we call “hunting.”

The “2012 Deer Hunting: Status and Prospects” report – available for download below – provides information about resources and approaches for preparing for deer season each year, some background on deer in each region of the state and perceptions on hunting activity up to this point in the season.

Deer Hunting Status Prospects 2012.pdf

Logo courtesy Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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