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MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Following the first weekend of the 2012 Archery Deer Season in Michigan, State Natural Resources officials are seeing a lot of safe participation.
State Department of Natural Resources Research Specialist, Brent Rudolph, expects 30 percent of 320,000 archers taking part in the archery season to bag a deer.
Rudolph says it comes without a threat of injuries from the hunt itself, since the targets are at such a close range. He says the biggest danger from archery hunting are from hunters falling out of tree stands while in the woods, not from the act of hunting itself.
Rudolph says the statewide deer herd remains strong, although the number of deer in Southern Michigan has stabilized in the past five to seven years. He says the deer herd continues to grow in Northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula because of mild winters the past few years.
Archery season runs through November 15, then starts again on December 1, following the annual Firearms deer season, through the end of the year.
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