Lansing, MI -(AmmoLand.com)- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that the application period for antlerless deer licenses is now open and runs through Aug. 15.
Hunters may apply for one license in any open Deer Management Unit (DMU) statewide; a nonrefundable $5 fee is charged at the time of application. Hunters may choose to apply for either one private-land or one public-land license online at E-License or at any authorized license agent or DNR Customer Service Center. Young hunters, ages 9-16, can purchase one junior antlerless deer license over the counter July 15 – Aug. 15. No application is required. A 9-year-old must be 10 by Sept. 26 to purchase this license.
Any leftover antlerless deer licenses not issued in the drawing will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. EDT, until license quotas are met.
Drawing results and leftover license availability may be viewed at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings beginning Sept. 2.
Hunters also are reminded that chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been confirmed in a free-ranging deer in Michigan. CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. A CWD Management Zone has been created for Clinton, Ingham and Shiawassee counties. DMU 333 was created for the Core CWD Area and encompasses those townships (Lansing, Meridian, Williamstown, Delhi, Alaiedon and Wheatfield in Ingham County; DeWitt and Bath in Clinton County, and Woodhull in Shiawassee County) closest to where the CWD-positive deer was located. In DMU 333 there is an unlimited antlerless deer license quota, and the deer license or deer combo licenses may be used to harvest antlerless or antlered deer within DMU 333 during firearm and muzzleloader seasons.
Additional deer-check stations, to be announced at a later date, will be available to hunters in the Core CWD Area and CWD Management Zone. To learn more about chronic wasting disease please visit www.michigan.gov/cwd.
Don’t forget to purchase $5 Pure Michigan Hunt applications when visiting E-License.Three winners each will receive a prize package valued at over $4,000.
Visit www.michigan.gov/puremichiganhunt for more information.
About the Michigan Department of Natural Resources
The Michigan 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.
For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.