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Michigan panel approves deer hunting regulations

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Natural Resources Commission has approved a new package of deer regulations for the 2020 hunting season.

Statewide, the Liberty and Independence hunt qualifications now include deaf people.

Hunters with disabilities may use single-bite and multibite baits during the Liberty and Independence hunts. Hunters participating in the Liberty and Independence hunts may begin baiting five days before both hunts.

Mentored youths (age 9 and younger), junior license holders (age 10-16) and apprentice license holders are exempt from antler point restrictions in all seasons.

The statewide limit for private-land antlerless license purchase is 10 per hunter.

Upper Peninsula archers in select DMUs may pursue antlerless deer with their deer/deer combo license. Additional DMUs may be opened or closed based on the snowfall totals from the prior winter, pending DNR analysis.

Antler point restrictions have been removed on the deer license in parts of DMU 122, including areas outside the core chronic wasting disease surveillance area.

See the 2020 Hunting Digest for complete regulations when it becomes available in August. The digest is in the process of being finalized now that regulations are set.

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