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Firearm deer season underway, shoot the swine too

1:59 PM, Nov 15, 2012   |    comments
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan's 16-day firearm deer season is  under way, although with limits for hunters across much of the southern part of the Lower Peninsula.

Hunters in that part of the state won't be allowed to kill as many deer as usual because of an insect-spread deer disease.
Firearm deer hunting season is starting Thursday and runs through Nov. 30.

The new limits on antlerless deer hunting are a response to epizootic hemorrhagic disease. The state Department of Natural Resources has collected reports indicating thousands of deer have died from the disease in Michigan this year.

Wildlife officials decided that stricter limits on antlerless deer licenses would help populations bounce back faster in hard-hit areas.

The disease isn't a threat to humans.

Officials also want deer hunters to take aim at feral swine while out in Michigan's woods and fields.

Officials with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development as well as the Department of Natural Resources also say farmers should shoot the wild pigs. They urge people to report sightings of the free-ranging animals.

The DNR has designated certain types of exotic swine as invasive species. Officials say they've escaped from game ranches and caused damage in the wild.

Private land owners may shoot or trap-and-remove feral swine.



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