LANSING, MI – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced changes to state regulations on deer hunting in 2021.
The changes, which seek to further simplify deer regulations and remove barriers to participation in the hunt, come into effect with the start of the 2021 deer hunting seasons in September.
According to the MNR, the regulations provide additional opportunities, flexibility and cost savings for Michigan hunters.
“Our goals with these regulations are twofold: to make hunting regulations easier to understand and follow in Michigan, and also to manage Michigan’s bountiful deer herd,” said Chad Stewart, MNR deer program specialist. . “We believe these changes are pushing us in the right direction. “
The regulatory changes approved in 2021, as drafted by the MRN, are:
Deer management unit-the antlerless deer specific licenses have been replaced by a universal antlerless license which can be used on multiple DMUs.
- Antlerless permits can now be purchased without request in the Lower Peninsula and parts of the South Central Upper Peninsula that have DMUs open to antlerless deer hunting. Permits can be used on public or private land.
- In PMUs in the middle zone of the Upper Peninsula open to antlerless deer hunting, an access permit for deer hunting must accompany the universal antlerless permit. The access permit for deer hunting, intended to limit participation where the population may be sensitive to the harsh winter conditions, will be available by lot.
- The northernmost DMUs of the UP are closed to antlerless deer hunting in all seasons.
Archery hunters in parts of the Upper Peninsula can pursue antlerless deer on their deer or deer combo licenses. DMUs 127, 066, 131, 042, 031, 007 and 048 will be closed to timberless harvesting during archery seasons.
The urban archery season extended through January 31 is now permanent in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
Regulations on supplemental and recreational feeding for Upper Peninsula deer have changed, including:
- A permit is no longer required for supplementary feeding in the Upper Peninsula.
- Additional feeding can take place from January 1 to May 15.
- Recreational or complementary feeding is prohibited if a location is considered to be a safety hazard.
- All recreational foods should be given in increments of only 2 gallons per calendar day and only 2 gallons at a time.