Some hunters in Muskegon County said it was not a great first day of the firearm deer season, and they blame the fog. One hunter at the Muskegon State Game Area joked he was more likely to hit a deer with his truck while driving to his spot, because he couldn't see the road.
Garry Good says just getting to his hunting blind was an opening day adventure, "Traveling 35 in a 55-zone, you could not see anything." Hunters were hampered by the thick fog all morning and into the afternoon.
Michael Rexford from Muskegon described the day as "Just slow because of the weather, fog and you can't see them very good."
Good's day in the field was productive bagging a doe north of Muskegon. Around noon he took it to be checked by a D.N.R. biologist. For much of the morning the D.N.R. check station at the state game area was quiet.
Ed Pouch of Nunica did get a five-point buck on private farm land in Ottawa County, "Five after eight it jumped right out and to me around 50-yards and said take me, and so I did."
James Grice and Michael Rexford's opening day wishes weren't granted. "I was hoping that we both would get a deer," said Rexford. "Opening day ain't over yet," said Grice as he walked back into the forest.
Firearm hunters have until the end of the month to get a deer. Archery season resumes December 1 and last until January 1, 2017. There is a late Antlerless Firearm season that runs from December 19, 2016 to January 1, 2017. Muzzleloader season last from December 2 through the 18 in zone 3.