The most recent mapping and inventory review process yielded a net increase of 31.5 miles of roads open to ORV users, compared to a year ago.
Michigan Natural Resources Commission
Bag goes from 50 to 25 on most waters starting April 1.
Action came after months of input from hunters, residents and others interested in the long-term health of the state’s deer population.
DNR: Gathering provided an opportunity to share ideas and focus on finding solutions for containing CWD.
Michigan United Conservation Clubs passed two measures at its annual convention earlier this month to seek hunting seasons for both species.
That core population area is estimated at 378 animals, up from 285 in 2015, but moose hunt in Michigan is not currently being considered.
Votes on deer regulations and rules for catching salmon, trout, whitefish and smelt will follow a public comment period.
The regulation changes will result in expanded angling opportunities, including keeping the lake trout season open year-round in some locations.
Regulations set in 2017 are recommended to be in place for three years.
The purpose of the resolution is to have scientists and experts “advise the NRC, the DNR or other applicable agencies on further steps and actions which could be implemented to substantially mitigate or eliminate CWD in Michigan.”
Would authorize wolf hunting if Congress or federal courts revisit the issue.