Thursday, March 30th, 2023
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Michigan’s deer management stirs up differing points of view

Michigan deer and deer hunting have had interesting ups and downs through recent years and decades. These maps are from “Michigan Whitetails,” published by The Michigan Department of Conservation (now Department of Natural Resources) in 1959. They reveal how the area open to deer hunting changed during the first half of the 20th century. (Photo by Steve Griffin)
The next time you’re in an argument about deer, or just taking umbrage at what another person is saying, proposing or doing with or about them, consider this: You might be talking about a different animal. Not different species. All of Michigan’s white-tailed deer are Odocoileus virginianus. But the place and space they occupy in people’s minds is different.
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