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8 Tricky Deer Hunting Regulations

by Jason Herbert   |  July 23rd, 2012 14

Across the nation, every state has its own department of government to oversee the wildlife. In my home state of Michigan, we have the Department of Natural Resources, or DNR. Even though many of us “armchair deer managers” think that some of the DNR’s decisions are questionable, they really do have what is best for the land and animals in mind. That being said, there are some crazy rules out there that at first glance will raise a few eyebrows.

  • Dennis

    Good article. Crazy as some laws and regulations seem. No one tells you to like them. But, by following them each of us will be rewarded with the opportunity to continue doing what it is we enjoy. Hunt.

  • Jason Herbert

    Hi everyone. first of all, thanks for the sharing, "liking" and positive feedback on this piece. Second, since the deadline I've done a bit more research. Wayne Sitton has helped me realize some interesting statistics. For instance, in Wisconsin, a state with mandatory deer checking, their buck fawn kill ratio with antlerless tags is over 26%. I have heard in Michigan, a state with no mandatory checking of deer kills, it is closer to 60%! Jason

  • AJO

    I couln't read have of these because the Glock ad covered them up and I cannot remove the ad.

  • https://www.facebook.com/michaelswanII Michael Swan

    I saw, and was amazed at how crazy some laws are. I know that I waited for a deer to get across a stream before taking it, not because of knowledge of a law, but because I did not want my venison potentially spoiled by bacteria. Good work Jason, keep it up!

  • Nathan

    Jason,
    Good article. However, I am pretty sure that most would consider a creek and a stream to be the same thing.

  • Jason Herbert

    Webster's Dictionary defines a "creek" as : a natural stream of water normally smaller than and often tributary to a river

    Webster's Dictionary defines a "stream" as : a body of running water (as a river or brook) flowing on the earth; also : any body of flowing fluid (as water or gas)

    I agree. Pretty difficult to tell them apart!

  • SDW

    Could not read for Glock ad. Need a way to remove it.

  • john

    I cant read it due to the glock advertisement that wont go away

  • Ken

    I would love to read the whole article but the glock ad. was in the way

  • Nate

    Good article. Gets me more and more excited for the upcoming season even though there seems to be no rhyme or reason to some of these regulations.

  • Jason Herbert

    The Glock issue should be fixed now.

  • Nick

    Interesting article…I have not had the opportunity to hunt in some of these states, but it is an eye opener as to the different regulations that are present!

  • Steve

    I had no idea there were so many different rules in the different states. One would think they'd get together for some common rules, but each state realistically has its own nuances (flooding in Georgia, etc).

  • stephhance001

    Moose and elk are also popular game animals that are technically species of deer. However, hunting them is not usually referred to as deer hunting, it is called big game hunting. They are considerably larger than mule deer or white-tailed deer, and hunting techniques are rather different. -Dan Sciscente

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