Group proposes deer antler point restrictions

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

An organization is holding meetings across Michigan's Lower Peninsula about proposed deer antler point restrictions for hunters.

The Lower Peninsula Deer Management Initiative is holding eight meetings, starting Tuesday in Newaygo and running through June 27 in Clare. One proposal calls for a minimum three-point restriction in the northern Lower Peninsula and a four-point restriction in southern portions of the peninsula.

The restrictions would allow bucks to grow to trophy status as they roam the woods. Farmers have complained about deer rubbing their antlers against fruit trees and damaging them.

The Department of Natural Resources says it supports voluntary implementation of the restrictions on private land. Mandatory regulations would only be recommended if officials have no biological concerns and a clear majority of hunters indicate their support through survey responses.

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