Firearm Deer Season Is Open: Here’s What You Need To Know

Nov 14, 2019

NBC News 25, Mid-Michigan News – The most wonderful time of year for hunters is here!

Friday, November 15 marks the beginning of Firearm Deer Season.

According to a news release from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, more than 500,000 hunters pursued deer in Michigan during the 2018 hunting seasons.

All hunters are encouraged to review the 2019 deer hunting regulations, found in the Hunting Digest or at

Key changes this season include:

  • Deer baiting and feeding is banned in the entire Lower Peninsula and in the core chronic wasting disease surveillance area in the Upper Peninsula.
  • It’s also important to note that the Michigan House approved a plan that would overturn a standing rule that bans deer baiting for hunting, sending the proposal to the Senate for consideration.
  • New regulations in the Upper Peninsula core Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance area.
  • New antler point restrictions.
  • Hunters can take deer to a DNR deer check station to earn a successful hunter patch.

Read more. 

Man mistakes hunting buddy as deer, shoots him

Nov 14, 2019

WYFF 4, Greenville, SC  – An Upstate hunter was shot Thursday by one of his hunting buddies, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Capt. Robert McCullough said it appeared that a group of men was hunting together in Westminster, Oconee County when one man got out of his stand.

He was mistaken for a deer by another member of the group and was shot with buckshot through the upper body, and was taken to a hospital.

McCullough said the incident is a good reminder to all hunters to wear orange. Read more. 

Hunters Rejoice At Winter’s Early Arrival; Deer Season Opens Saturday 

Nov 14, 2019

Brattleboro Reformer – Vermont hunters will head to the forests, fields and deer camps across the state on Saturday for opening day of 16-day rifle hunting season, which ends on Dec. 1.

“It’s going to be cold, and a lot of the state has snow,” said Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter.

This week’s storm dumped up to 9 inches in parts of the state. “A snowy rifle season is a huge benefit to hunters in terms of seeing deer and the ability to track them.”

The Fish and Wildlife Department estimates there are about 130,000 deer in Vermont.

Last year, hunters took just over 19,000 deer during the four Vermont seasons (archery, rifle, muzzleloader, and youth), a 27 percent increase over the previous three-year average of 14,984.

Rifle season accounted for 39 percent of the deer harvest total. Conditions were considered good for hunters, with limited food options in the woods driving deer to food sources near fields and therefore more accessible to hunters.

“Last year was among our strongest seasons in recent years, a lot of deer were taken,” Porter said. “And we expect a strong hunting season this year, too.” Read more. 

Listen to your heart for a healthy, successful deer season

Nov 14, 2019

The Daily Mining Gazette | LAURIUM, Mich. – It’s deer season once again and the last thing you want to do is spend it in a doctor’s office – or worse, the emergency department – because of heart problems.

The excitement of the hunt alone can increase your risk for heart attack which is why Aspirus Heart & Vascular Cardiologist Peter Vaitkevicius, MD, recommends hunters consider the following precautions before heading out into the woods:

Do not ignore the warning signs.

Whether you have pre-existing heart disease or not, it’s important to know what your overall risk for heart attack is.

Common warning signs – such as chest tightness, shortness of breath, and lightheadedness – should never be ignored no matter how subtle. To be on the safe side, consult your primary care physician.

“It’s important to be cognizant of your risk factors and physical restrictions beforehand,” Dr. Vaitkevicius said. “We know how special this time of year is for the hunters in our community, so we want to make sure you head out with your best health in mind.”

Pack your medications and take them accordingly.

If you’re heading to deer camp for an extended stay, pack enough medications and take them as prescribed. It’s not advised to wash them down with anything other than what your health care provider recommends.

Seek help with hauling.

Hauling a deer is not easy. Combined with the excitement of your success, this can put you at even greater risk for heart attack. Read more.