A mid-September report from the Michigan DNR indicates that overall participation in deer hunting is up 26.97% over the same time as last year, and overall participation in hunting is up 121.61%.
LANSING, Mich. — Michigan wildlife officials won't be able to check as many deer for chronic wasting disease during the upcoming hunting season. The state DNR said it's facing staff and financial shortages as well as challenges from the coronavirus…
Hunters who have seen the 2020 Hunting Digest may have noticed quite a few regulation changes. These changes reflect the evolution of deer hunting in Michigan.
In collaboration with the Minnesota and Michigan Departments of Natural Resources, the Ruffed Grouse Society and Wisconsin Conservation Congress, the Wisconsin DNR will conduct the third and final year of sampling in a multi-year monitoring program this fall looking at WNV in ruffed grouse.
Excellent breeding conditions in the Dakotas and Manitoba helped produce an abundance of ducks, which should benefit hunters this season.
"These findings indicate that while ruffed grouse are being exposed to WNV, there are birds that are surviving and clearing the virus from their bodies."
While the virus is present in the Great Lakes region, grouse exposed to the virus can survive.
It was the department's "working assumption'' that the workers got TB from infected deer "but we can't say for sure.''
There could be more than 2,000 moose on Isle Royale. Wolves are the main predator, but the wolf population is struggling.
Editor’s note: Ice conditions varied at last check from one region of the state to another. There was no safe ice in southern Michigan. Conditions improved as you move north, but many of the larger lakes in the northern Lower…