Antlerless deer licenses on sale
LANSING – The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that applications for antlerless deer licenses are on sale now through Aug. 15 at all license agents or at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings.
Hunters should note that private land licenses for southern Michigan and the northeastern Lower Peninsula (Deer Management Units 486 and 487) may be purchased without an application and are available over-the-counter beginning Sept. 10 at 10 a.m.
Applications are $4. Hunters may apply for just one antlerless license – public or private land. After the drawing, remaining antlerless licenses may be purchased beginning Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. Licenses will be sold until the quotas are met. The season purchase limit for private-land antlerless deer licenses is five statewide, except for DMU 486 and DMU 487, which will have a season limit of 10 licenses.
Young hunters, ages 9 to 16, may purchase one junior antlerless deer license over-the-counter from July 15 – Aug. 15; however, a 9-year-old must be 10 by Sept. 15 to purchase this license. No application fee or drawing is required for junior antlerless deer licenses.
In all, 708,650 antlerless deer licenses will be available in 2012, a decrease from the 756,200 available last year. However, hunters will find more antlerless licenses available in the U.P. In 2012, 11 U.P. DMUs will have antlerless deer licenses available, compared to seven DMUs in 2011.
In the northern Lower Peninsula, antlerless permits have decreased somewhat, largely due to fewer licenses available on public and private land. All northern Lower Peninsula DMUs will offer antlerless permits, compared to six DMUs that did not offer antlerless licenses in 2011. All private-land licenses for DMU 487.
Learn more about deer hunting in Michigan and see the list of antlerless license quotas by DMU online at www.michigan.gov/ deer.