LANSING, Mich. -

Michigan's 2011 deer season is opening with a five-day early hunt for antlerless deer on private land in the Lower Peninsula.

That hunt starts Thursday and will be followed immediately by a four-day youth antlerless deer season that starts Tuesday and covers most of the southern half of the state.

Firearms, archery gear or crossbows may be used for both seasons. Hunters must wear hunter orange and have permission from landowners or leaseholders to be on private property.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says maps and information are available at www.michigan.gov/deer or at stores that sell hunting licenses.

More information about the rest of deer season and other hunting seasons can be found at www.michigan.gov/hunting.