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Important reminders for deer hunters


Baiting/feeding and antler point restrictions

Baiting and feeding is banned in the entire Lower Peninsula and the Core CWD Surveillance Area in the Upper Peninsula. 

Exception: Hunters with disabilities who meet specific requirements may use bait, during the Liberty and Independence Hunts only, in areas where baiting is banned. See pages 33–34 of the 2019 Hunting Digest.

See pages 44 and 50 of the 2019 Hunting Digest for additional information about the baiting and feeding bans.

Antler point restrictions (APR)

Montcalm, Mecosta and Ionia counties have new APRs.

Be sure to check the APR chart before heading out this year:

Lower Peninsula APR chart, see pages 42-43 of the 2019 Hunting Digest.

Upper Peninsula APR chart, see pages 48-49 of the 2019 Hunting Digest.

Deer check stations and TB/CWD testing

Bring your deer to a DNR check station for data collection and disease surveillance to get a 2019 deer hunter cooperator patch.

Deer check stations

Go to Michigan.gov/DeerCheck to find check station locations and hours.

Bovine tuberculosis testing

Hunters in Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Otsego, Oscoda, Presque Isle and Roscommon counties, please bring your deer to a DNR check station for bovine tuberculosis surveillance.

The DNR works in partnership with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to establish surveillance quotas in order to detect changes in the occurrence of bovine TB in free-ranging white-tailed deer within the historic range for the disease and adjacent counties. Head submission by hunters is critical in meeting these quotas and managing the disease in deer and cattle.

At least 300 heads are collected from each of the following counties annually: Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Ogemaw, Otsego, Presque Isle, and Roscommon.

At least 2,800 heads are collected annually from Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Oscoda counties combined.

Hunters are asked to submit deer carcasses with chest lesions suspicious for TB from anywhere in the state.

Hunters may check their deer or elk TB lab results at Michigan.gov/DNRLab. To learn more about bovine TB in Michigan, visit Michigan.gov/BovineTB.

Hunters should be prepared to wait about a month for TB and CWD test results, especially during the firearm deer season, when sample volume is high.

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