Deer Herd Thick in Southern Michigan

By: Beth Shayne Email
By: Beth Shayne Email

Paul Simon's kind of like a kid on Christmas eve Wednesday night, showing us the antler's he has from hunting seasons gone by.

"I haven't really gotten any monsters," Simon says. "Something to hand on the wall would be nice."

His clothes are laid out, his gun is sighted in. He is ready to find his buck among the $1.8 million deer the DNR counts this fall in Michigan. That number is big, but even more unusual, Rod Clute, DNR Big Game Specialist says, are the number in southern Michigan.

While he's hopeful men like Simon get their buck, he also wants hunters to kill does too.

"That'll help us reduce the deer population," Clute says.

Hunting season is a key part of the state's management plan and it takes all kinds to thin it.

"I will do my best," Simon laughs.


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