By The Associated Press
Michigan officials say hunters killed roughly as many deer
during the November firearms season as they did in 2009.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment estimates
the total at around 234,000. A final count will be released next
summer. When other seasons are added, last year’s kill was
Deer program leader Brent Rudolph says reports about hunter
success varied widely, with increases in some places and drop-offs
in others. Biologists say deer may have concentrated in areas with
abundant acorn crops.
The harvest ranged from unchanged to a 10 percent increase in
the Upper Peninsula and the southern Lower Peninsula. It was down
by 5 to 15 percent in the northern Lower Peninsula.
The DNRE says deer were in good condition, with improved antler
development in all regions.