Hunting season revisions proposed for explosive deer population

(The Center Square) – For multiple years, the deer population in southern Michigan has been out of control.

Cars and crops have suffered alike from a deer surplus, but local conservationists say relaxed hunting regulations could solve the issue.

Last year alone, deer were involved in 58,000 car wrecks, killing 19 people. Herds cause millions in crop damage per year. The problem is only exacerbated by declining hunting rates, which were down by 10% last year according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

But now, state officials are offering a solution, one which will be voted on Thursday.

The Department of Natural Resources formed a Deer Management Initiative in response to residents’ concerns, which would reduce certain regulations as a response to declining hunting rates. The recommendations are divided by the upper and lower peninsulas due population differences.

“If people would have started … harvesting more deer than they typically do, we
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