In 2011 Michigan had the second highest percentage of 1 1/2 year old bucks in the harvest of antlered deer, after New Jersey. The national average of yearling bucks among antlered deer in the harvest is 39%; Michigan's percentage is nearly 60%
The Lower Peninsula Deer Management Initiative 'Antler Point Restriction Proposal' is designed to protect at least 50% of yearling bucks from harvest. In Zone 2 (Northern Lower Peninsula) the proposal would require that a hunter's first tag be for a buck with 3 or more points on one side. In Zone 3 (Southern Lower Peninsula) a hunter's first tag would be for a buck with 4 or more points on one side. There are no changes proposed for the requirements of the second tag in each zone, which already have a restriction of 4 points on one side throughout the state. Youth hunters and apprentice hunters are exempt from the proposal.
There will be a public information meeting at East Lansing High School on deer hunting management this evening at 7 P.M. in the cafeteria.
The Lower Peninsula Deer Management Initiative is seeking changes in Zones 2 and 3 of Michigan's Lower Peninsula to the buck harvest regulations.
You can get more information at the meeting in the East Lansing High School Student Union this evening.