Michigan DNR extends archery deer season in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne counties

Season extended until Jan. 31, 2018

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The archery deer hunting season has been extended until Jan. 31, 2018, in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, which is known as the Urban Deer Management Zone.

“There can be excellent hunting opportunities available for archery hunters in January,” said Chad Stewart, a deer specialist with the Department of Natural Resources. “This extended season also could be used to help benefit municipalities by using archers as a low-cost first attempt to resolve their urban deer conflicts.”

All archery season rules and regulations will apply during the extended season, and baiting will not be allowed after Jan. 1.

Deer licenses, combination deer licenses and antlerless deer licenses will be valid during the extended season.

Hunters are reminded that some bucks may have shed their antlers and may appear to be anterless deer.

Before deciding to harvest a deer, hunters are encouraged to look closely at the top of the animal's head. Bucks that have shed their antlers will have two circular markings where the antlers detached.

Such bucks may be tagged as antlerless deer, but the DNR encourages hunters to harvest does on antlerless licenses, when possible.

Archery hunting rules and regulations can be found here

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