Deer season starts Wednesday. Are you ready?

This year, the DNR is warning hunters about chronic wasting disease.

Michigan's firearms deer season begins Wednesday, Nov. 15 and runs through Nov. 30.

The state Department of Natural Resources has published a variety of tips for deer hunters:

  • Remember to wear hunter orange clothing. The requirements are on page 17 of the Hunting and Trapping Digest. According to the digest, the hunter's outermost garment must be hunter orange and must be visible from all sides of the garment.
  • Decide if you want to shoot one deer or two. If you purchase a single deer tag for $20 and shoot a deer, you cannot shoot another. If you buy the combo tag for $40 you can shoot two antlered deer.
  • The state has antlerless deer tags available for both private and public land. You can find out which hunt areas have leftover tags and how many tags are available here.  
  • Be aware of point restrictions that could be in effect where you hunt. You can see a chart here
  • Deer hunting hours are in the Hunting and Trapping Digest. In the Thumb, shooting hours are 6:54 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. on opening day.
  • Be aware of baiting and feeding rules
  • Bring your deer to a DNR check station and get a deer cooperator patch. Here is a map showing deer check stations.
  • Hunters in Deer Management Unit 487 in northern Lower Michigan must bring deer to a check station because of bovine tuberculosis concerns.
  • There is mandatory deer registration in DMUs 333, 419, 359 and the Montcalm and Kent counties core areas because of concerns about Chronic Wasting Disease.
  • Learn more about Chronic Wasting Disease at www.mi.gov/cwd.
  • Check out this instructional video about how to quarter a deer. 
  • Consider donating a deer after you have filled your freezer. Go to the Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger website for more information.
  • Take a look at the state's 2017 Michigan Deer Hunting Forecast.
  • Find apps and maps of where to hunt on public and private land.

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