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2019 season similar to last, DNR forecasts By The Michigan Department of Natural Resources The 2019 deer season is quickly approaching. DNR biologists have been out observing the deer herds in their areas and looking at the food sources that will sustain deer this fall. Based on their observations, we offer the following predictions for the upcoming deer hunting season, along with some tips for a successful season. FORECAST: NORTHERN LOWER PENINSULA ∫ Numbers: It was a mild to average winter for the northern Lower Peninsula, which allowed deer populations to continue to increase across much of the region. Fawning conditions appear to have been average, with observations being similar to last year. ∫ Food: Growing conditions have been very good across the region, with good

rainfall during the early summer months. Thus far, it appears to be an average year for production of both acorns and wild apples. Scouting to find these areas will be crucial. ∫ Bucks: Observations of bucks have been similar to last year across the entire northern Lower Peninsula. With the average winter this year and previous winters not taking a major toll on the herd, deer numbers have been increasing. Nutrition has been good, leading to healthy deer body conditions and good numbers of bucks. TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL HUNT ∫ Take time to scout: Scouting probably has the biggest impact on hunting success. Keen observation and an understanding of how and why deer move on the landscape are important. Watch for signs like deer trails, bedding and feeding areas, and

rubs and scrapes. See more detailed tips on how to prepare for the upcoming hunting season. ∫ Review the current regulations: In an effort to combat chronic wasting disease, there are some evolving regulatory changes that may be in effect where you hunt. Be sure to check the latest hunting regulations in your area. In the Lower Peninsula, a deer baiting and feeding ban went into effect Jan. 31 of this year in an effort to reduce the risk of spreading chronic wasting disease. This ban applies to both public and private land. Bear baiting is still allowed, as long as the bait is inaccessible to deer. In the Upper Peninsula, deer baiting and feeding are banned in the CWD Surveillance Area. The rest of the peninsula remains open to deer baiting and feeding.

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ALPENA — It may be illegal to use a food pile to bait deer in Northeast Michigan, but Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials said hunters and property owners aren’t barred from taking other steps to provide food and increase the likelihood of seeing deer this rifle season. The state instituted a baiting ban in the area to help thwart the spread of Bovine Tuberculosis, which can be transmitted from one animal to another via saliva and other bodily secretions. Ashley Autenrieth, a deer program biologist for the

DNR, said the reason a bait piles are banned and food plots are not is because of how close the animals feed together. “The disease can spread when bodily fluids are exchanged, and the likelihood of that happening is much higher at a pile than when they are spaced out in a field,” she said. “Deer like to return to the same food source over and over, so having a lot of space between them is important. Many studies show food piles speed up the spread of the disease and the elimination of bait piles will slow the spread through the herd.” Autenrieth said that, on

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the flip side, food plots can have a positive impact on deer and other wildlife, as well, if they are done properly. She said there are many different types of grasses, grains, and vegetables that can be planted on private property, but she recommends ones that include a mix of clover, alfalfa, and possibly soy beans and turnips. Autenrieth said, however, there is one important thing people wishing to plant food for deer should know before they get too far into the process. “Collect a soil sample and have a test done on it, because, without one you won’t know what will grow



best,” she said. The DNR has been making improvements on state property through its Deer Habitat Improvement program and planting fields, which benefits deer, as well as birds and other animals. She said that will continue, but hunters can play a role by responsibly planting fields and plots. Robert Cornelius hunts in the Hubbard Lake area and used bait piles for many years. He has since planted a pair of food plots with clover and regular grass and has seen plenty of deer the last few years. Cornelius said that, at times, it is hard to get deer close to his blind, because the deer are further

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Hunting is big money but license sales are declining By JULIE RIDDLE News Staff Writer

ALPENA—A hunting license is more than just a slip of paper. It’s a contribution toward the continuation of a beloved northern tradition, and a small way to keep our big woods safe and beautiful for generations to come, officials said. Protection, preservation and management of Michigan’s natural resources are the responsibility of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Most of the funding for that organization’s work comes

not from tax dollars but from the people who hunt and fish in Michigan, through their purchase of equipment and licenses. Michigan’s estimated 700,000 hunters and 1.1 million anglers contribute $11.2 billion annually in revenue to state business by purchasing gear and clothing, booking hotel rooms, buying meals, and more, according to a study by the Michigan United Conservation Club. Outdoor enthusiasts have created 171,000 jobs annually, which, in Northeast Michigan, puts hunting and fishing among the top 10% of industries for job creation,

the study determined. But changing trends among younger Michiganders is threatening that boom. Hunting license purchases have dropped statewide by nearly 21% in the past two decades. Those numbers are expected to continue to decline with the aging of the baby boomer generation, experts say. The decline of license sales is less pronounced in Alpena and Presque Isle counties than elsewhere in the state, according to numbers provided by Michigan Technological University. Sales in Alcona and Montmorency counties are commensurate

“What is going to happen is people are going to get sick of not getting deer and not buy licenses,” he said. “This TB issue has been around for more than 50 years, but now all of a sudden in the last decade it is a large threat. I’m not buying everything the DNR is selling. I don’t feed with a pile any more, but I’m also not as lucky as a hunter.” Autenrieth said TB is a threat in Northeast Michigan and plans and procedures implemented now could also help prevent

chronic wasting disease, which has been seen in an alarming number of deer in the western part of the Upper Peninsula and southwestern Lower Peninsula. “That is something we really don’t want to see here,” she said. “Things could be worse than what they are now if we start seeing that.” Steve Schulwitz can be reached at 989358-5689 at sschulwitz@thealpenanews. com. Follow him on Twitter

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carrots to be successful.” Tony Stepanski has an opposing view. He said that not only did he spend a lot of money to grow a food plot, but he also sees fewer deer because of it. He said deer, especially bucks, often like to live and travel in the thick woods and aren’t keen on coming out into the open field often. Stepanski said he could have a small pile of food in the tight quarters of the thick brush and deer would gravitate to it and that isn’t the case with his field.


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Hunting with care Conservation officer offers hunter safety tips By JULIE GOLDBERG News Staff Writer

ALPENA — When hunters are out in the woods, they should be prepared in case anything happens to them. Lt. Brandon Kieft, district law supervisor with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said hunters should always hunt with a buddy or friend in case something happens to them. “If you have an accident or get lost, the situation is easier when you’re with somebody,” Kieft said. When carrying a gun, it should be pointed in a safe direction with the safety on. When people shoot, they should be aware of what’s beyond what they’re shooting. People should know the area where they’re hunting. They should carry a flashlight if they’re out at night. “People should know the area and have a device on them, like a compass,” he said. Kieft said having a cell phone is helpful because it can be pinged to figure out where somebody is located

if they get lost, but hunters should be aware their battery can die since the phone will be searching for service a lot in the woods. Kieft said hunters should have survival gear, like a match or something that can start a fire so they can stay warm when it gets cold. He said if people are in a tree or something elevated, they should wear a harness. A harness will decrease the chance of someone falling and hurting themselves. “In a backpack, have a water or something small like a granola bar so you have it in case you get disoriented,” he said. For first aid, people should carry bandages,

gauze, and other basic items. All first-time hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1960 are required to take and pass a hunter safety course. People can’t purchase a base license unless they successfully complete the course. The courses teach new hunters responsibility, ethics, firearm safety, wildlife conservation, survival, and first aid. More information on the course can be found on the Michigan DNR website. Julie Goldberg can be reached at 989-358-5688 or Follow her on Twitter @jkgoldberg12.

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DNR to test more deer for TB

Quotas rise in Presque Isle, other counties By CRYSTAL NELSON News Staff Writer

ALPENA — Hunters are once again being asked to bring deer heads to a Michigan Department of Natural Resources check station for bovine tuberculosis testing. While the goal of collecting 2,800 hunter-submitted deer heads in Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency, and Oscoda county remains the same, the number of deer heads that need to be collected in Presque Isle, Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Ogemaw, Otsego, and Roscommon counties will increase from 1,500 to 2,100, the DNR said. DNR Wildlife Health Specialist Emily Sewell

said that, going forward, the DNR will need to collect an average of 300 heads from each of those seven counties annually. Sewell said the new quotas are now required because of an update in April to a memorandum of understanding between the DNR, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The memo outlines a framework for implementing and addressing strategies to address bovine TB in livestock and wildlife. The changes were made one month before a cattle herd in Presque Isle County and an animal in Emmet County tested positive for bovine TB.

Test results from the cattle showed the strain of bovine TB was linked to the deer population in that county “Increasing the number of samples per county allows the DNR to better detect any changes in the occurrence of bovine TB at a finer level,” she said via email. “Failure to reach the quota in a county can potentially result in bovine TB testing for cattle in that county.” Sewell said it’s important for hunters to submit the head of any deer slain because that’s the only way a hunter can know for sure whether their deer tests positive for bovine TB.

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Continued from Page 10 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a report letting the public know it is possible, although rare, to contract bovine TB while field-dressing a deer. The CDC encourages hunters to use personal protective equipment while field-dressing a deer. “A lot of TB-positive deer look perfectly healthy

and the only way to know for certain that they’re positive is to submit a head,” she said. “Those heads that get submitted to the lab are the only way that we are able to detect and monitor the disease.” “If we don’t have hunter cooperation in submitting those heads, then we really can’t collect the number of samples we need and then

the prevalence of the disease and where it is on the landscape.” Statewide surveillance of bovine TB has been ongoing since 1995, according to the CDC. In 2017, 1.4% of deer in Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency, and Oscoda counties tested positive for the disease, compared to 0.05% of deer tested elsewhere in Michigan.

Sewell said a hunter would see signs of the disease in the chest cavity or in the lungs of the deer in less than half of the cases where a deer tests positive for bovine TB. However, the DNR recommends turning in the carcass of any deer that has chest lesions. Hunters can check their TB lab results at Michigan. gov/DNRLab. The DNR

says hunters should be prepared to wait a month, especially during firearm season, when sample volume is high. The DNR’s Wildlife Disease Lab staff will contact a hunter directly if a deer tests positive for TB. Sewell said that, in that instance, a replacement tag is offered to the hunter because the DNR does not recommend eating meat from an

infected deer. Bovine TB is a zoonotic disease that can be spread from animals to people or from people to animals. Sewell said the whitetail deer population in Northeast Michigan serve as a reservoir for the disease. Crystal Nelson can be reached at 989-358-5687 or cnelson@thealpenanews. com.

Cultivating the next crop of hunters By KATIE GERVASI Michigan Department of Natural Resources

They say it takes a village to raise a child. In Michigan, it takes a network of nearly 3,000 volunteers to teach the next generation how to be safe and responsible hunters. Despite a decline in Michigan hunters in recent years, recreational safety programs like hunter education are in demand. Coordinated by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division, the state’s recreational safety programs include classes taught by more than 2,800 volunteer hunter safety instructors. During 2018, 18,800 students received a hunter safety certificate, which allows them the opportunity to hunt for a lifetime. “Conservation officers are involved with the program,

but there aren’t enough officers available to teach recreational safety classes in every community throughout the state in addition to their other responsibilities,” said Lt. Tom Wanless, conservation officer and hunter education administrator for the state of Michigan. “We heavily rely on a strong network of devoted volunteer instructors to make our program successful.” Conservation officers work with volunteer instructors, often assisting with classes, which gives them a chance to interact with the students and engage with the next generation of Michigan hunters. “When the DNR officers come in, that’s a huge part of it,” said Rick Singleton, a hunter education instructor who lives in Ludington and devotes much of his time to volunteering with various programs. “Having a conser-

vation officer talk to the kids at hunter safety allows them to see the real human side of an officer. Conservation officers are humans; they care about the people going in the woods.” Singleton, a proud U.S. Coast Guard veteran, started volunteering with the DNR two years ago, after spending much of his time at the Fin and Feather Club of Mason County. Club members suggested that Singleton, who wanted to become more involved with carrying on Michigan’s hunting tradition, become a hunter safety instructor. DEVOTION “I always wanted to be a teacher,” Singleton said. “I have a ton of knowledge in recreational safety. We have such an amazing environment around us, I want to make sure that people can be safe and enjoy it.” The process of becoming

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A look at area businesses that can help you with all your hunting needs.