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Antler point restriction updates for Sept. 21- 22 deer hunters

Contact: Brent Rudolph, 517-641-4903 or Ed Golder, 517-335-3014
Agency: Natural Resources

Sept. 18, 2013

After a critical review of the Wildlife Conservation Order, the Department of Natural Resources has determined that ALL qualified participants in the upcoming Sept. 21-22 Liberty Hunt are exempt from antler point restrictions (APRs) in the following areas:

  • Zone 1
  • The new 12-county APR area - Emmet, Antrim, Charlevoix, Kalkaska, Grand Traverse, Benzie, Manistee, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Missaukee and Wexford counties
  • Deer management unit (DMU) 487

Previously the DNR had stated only individuals hunting under a mentored youth license were exempt from APRs during the Liberty Hunt.

The Liberty Hunt is the two-day hunt for youth (those age 16 and younger) and qualified hunters with disabilities.

APRs WILL remain in effect for all qualified Liberty Hunt participants in the following areas:

  • DMU 045 - Leelanau County and North Fox Island
  • DMU 115 - Beaver and Garden Islands
  • DMU 117 - Drummond Island
  • DMU 122 - Norway Unit
  • DMU 135 - East Tawas

Antler point restrictions remain in effect for all hunters during the other deer hunting seasons, except for youth hunting under the mentored youth license. Hunters using a mentored youth license must adhere to antlerless-only season restrictions. Mentored youth licenses are available for hunters age 9 and younger.

The DNR apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused and wishes everyone an enjoyable hunting season.

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

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