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Special deer hunts on tap for youths, disabled veterans

Department of Natural Resources and Environment officials remind hunters as the early antlerless firearm season concludes that deer season continues for some people with a pair of special hunts. From Tuesday, Sept. 21, through Friday, Sept. 24, youth hunters 10 through 16 years of age may hunt antlerless deer only in Deer Management Units (DMU) 486 and 041 (Kent County). The bag limit during this special early season is one antlerless deer per antlerless license.

Deer Management Unit 486 includes the majority of southern Michigan with the exception of Kent County and four counties on the southeastern edge of the peninsula – Monroe (DMU 058), Wayne (DMU 082), Macomb (DMU 050) and St. Clair (DMUs 074 and 174).

During the youth and 100-percent disabled veteran firearm deer hunting days, the weekend of Sept. 25-26, youth and disabled veterans may harvest one antlered or one antlerless deer statewide. A firearm or combination deer hunting license is valid for either an antlered or an antlerless deer during this special season.

Veterans must be determined to be 100-percent disabled by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to be eligible to participate.

Youths 10-11 years of age are limited to archery gear or crossbows. Youths 12-13 years of age may use firearms only on private land, including Commercial Forest Land. All youths must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or someone 18 years of age or older designated by a parent or guardian.

All hunters are required to wear hunter orange during these seasons.

For more information on these hunts, check the 2010 Michigan Hunting and Trapping Digest or visit www.michigan.gov/hunting.

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