Just hours after firearms deer hunting started, the DNR's Rose Lake Field Office got busy. This as hunters voluntarily brought in their bucks and does for inspection. DNR officers say they expect to stay busy. DNR Deer Research Specialist Brent Rudolph says this is thanks to stormy weather during last year's hunting season, "Because of those conditions hunters could see more deer out there, and that is also the indication hunters are giving us so far this year."
Not only will this year's hunting season most likely be better than most to hunters, it will shoot millions into Michigan's economy. On everything from hunting supplies, to food, to transportation, hunters spend about 500 million dollars in the state every year.
Michigan's firearms season runs through the end of November. In that time about 725 thousand people will buy deer hunting licenses. They'll bring home more than four hundred thousand deer.