The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that antlerless deer license drawing results and leftover antlerless license quantities will be posted on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings on Aug. 31.
Remaining antlerless deer licenses may be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. As of Aug. 31, there are over 652,000 private-land licenses available most of which are in DMU 486 (Southern Lower Peninsula) and DMU 487 (Northeastern Lower Peninsula) and over 41,000 public-land licenses available for specific deer management units across Michigan. Licenses will be sold until the quotas are met. The season purchase limit for private-land antlerless deer licenses has increased to five statewide, except for DMU 486 and DMU 487 which have no season limit.
Baiting and feeding in limited quantities is now allowed from Oct. 1 to Jan. 1 statewide, except for DMU 487, where a total ban remains in effect due to the presence of bovine tuberculosis among deer in that region. Hunters may place no more than two gallons of bait scattered across a minimum 10-foot by 10-foot area. The DNR requests that hunters not place bait repeatedly at the same point on the ground and only place bait out when actively hunting. This may minimize the chance of direct and indirect exposure of deer to any diseases that may be present.
Hunters have an additional opportunity to receive an antlerless deer license by applying for the 2012 Pure Michigan Hunt drawing. Each application is $4 and you may apply as many times as you like. Three lucky winners will receive a hunt package that includes an elk, bear, antlerless deer, and spring and fall turkey licenses along with a reserved waterfowl hunt. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/puremichiganhunt. Season dates and regulations have not yet been established for the 2012 hunting seasons.
The Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/dnr.