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Public Educational Meetings for Proposed Expansion of Antler Restrictions to 12 Northwest Michigan Counties.

These public informational meetings will be presented by Northwest Michigan Quality Deer Management Association, regarding the proposed expansion of the successful Leelanau County Antler Point Restriction(3pt restriction per one side, 4pt restriction per one side, under the current combo tag). The proposal is scheduled for a random DNR survey to be mailed late summer/early fall of 2012. The survey must achieve 66% hunter support to go into effect for the 2013 season. After a five-year trial period, a follow-up survey will be completed to determine if the restriction stays in effect. If you support the proposal come show your support. If you have questions regarding the proposal, get your questions answered. The 12 proposed counties are Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Osceola, and Wexford. If you have any questions regarding the proposal or meetings, please contact NW MI QDMA at 231-590-7287.  Follow us on Facebook at NW MI Antler Restriction Proposal. Better Bucks! Better Hunting! Better Vote Yes!

Thankyou for your time and consideration, NW MI QDMA

Benzie Central High School, Auditorium, April 26th, 7:00 p.m.
9300 Homestead Rd., Benzonia, MI.

Kalkaska Kaliseum, Multi Purpose Room, May 17th, 7:00 p.m.
1900 Fairground Rd. N.W., Kalkaska, MI.

Cadillac Junior High, Cafeteria, May 24th, 7:00 p.m.
500 Chestnut St., Cadillac, MI.

Manistee High School, Commons, May 31st, 7:00 p.m.
525 12th St., Manistee, MI.

Mason County Eastern Middle/High School, June 21st, 7:00 p.m.
18 S. Main St., Custer, MI.

Petoskey High School Saturday, July 28, 4:00 p.m.
1500 Hill Street, Petoskey, MI

East Jordan Meeting – pending


  1. Tom Taylor

    December 3, 2012

    Does anyone know the results of the survey yet?

    • admin

      December 17, 2012

      On Thursday December 13th Brent Rudolph, DNR Deer and Elk Program leader, presented to the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) results of the survey to assess approval for an antler point restriction for 12 NW MI counties. The results of the survey indicated a 68.5% approval rate and had an exceptionally high response rate of 80%. For acceptance purposes the required approval rate was 66% based on a minimum 50% response rate.

      The results of this survey indicate nearly 7 out of 10 hunters surveyed approve of a change to the current harvest regulations. The new regulations however not official yet will require a 3 point on a side rule for the first tag and 4 point a side for second tag on a combo license. Single tag holders would be required to harvest at least a 3 point on a side antlered deer with this stand alone license.

      The Natural Resources Commission will officially take up the issue of approving this regulatory change based on the survey results and recommendation by the DNR at their spring meeting (April/May). If in fact the NRC approves of this change the regulations would go into effect for the 2013 hunting season and cover a five year test period. After the five years a new survey will be conducted to assess approval for these changes and if the threshold of 66% is met these changes would be made permanent.

  2. Phil

    September 10, 2012

    We have property in Kalkaska and are hopeful this will pass. For more than 10 years now we have been doing food plots, fruit trees and basically using this as a basis alreafy. In the years since we have seen better bucks on trail cam photos, but only harvested 5. The frustrating part has been watching some young bucks with potential be harvested by the neighbors, We have taken at least 2-3 does a year off the property with our bows while watching nice 2 1/2 year olds walk. The other major problem we have is the decline in hunters in the area along with in our opinion has been an increase in poachers. In the end this would be a step in the right direction and the next step would be to earn a second buck tag along with mandatory registration of all filled tags. This can be done either by phone or at check stations which can be sporting shops, restaurants or gas stations, this is done in many other states and gives a more accurate account for deer numbers.

  3. ed

    September 2, 2012

    I’m hoping to become a full timeresident in Osceola County in 5 years and fully support this effort. The survey was commissioned by the Better Bucks organization from what i can tell and no doubt done so in an effort to help educate and inform those that may not support or fully understand whyh this is being proposed. I’m fortunate to hunt an area in my home state that has been under a general cooperation for QDM over the last 4-5 years. The results are nothing short of amazing! We just need older hunters to understand that does eat as good or better than young bucks. Leave the twinkers for the young & starting out hunters in special seasons if necessary. I hope this is adopteed by the MI DNR and implemented quickly.
    Good luck and good hunting !! ed

  4. Mark S

    August 16, 2012

    I fully support this effort and will spread the word. I own property in Manistee County, Antrim County, Otsego County and it would be great for all hunters. I have hunted with a friend in Leelanau County and I watched him wait for the one shooter. Opening morning state land he passed three nice 6 points and two 8 points and shot the ten. So I have seen the results and can’t wait for it to happen in the whole state but if we have to do part at a time then lets get this done.

  5. Eric shepler

    June 17, 2012

    Hi i suport the better bucks we need a quality deer heard i have been hunting mi for 30years i remember when i was younger there were all kinds of nice bucks that i used to miss. wish you would send me a survey this is a good thing your trying to pass count me in!!!!!!!!!!!

    • admin

      June 18, 2012

      Eric ,
      Thanks for the support, We have a tough road ahead of us, but many folks do support the cause. When the random surveys go out please tell your family and friends this is great to the entire NW MI region.
      Good hunting Kevin

  6. Don Musselman

    June 17, 2012

    I’m a land owner in Missaukee County and highly support this. Why does there need to be a survey when laws are made all the time pertaining to deer hunting and passed?

    • admin

      June 18, 2012

      Happy you support this, We have had great success in Leelanau county with this program with marginal soils. I know you will be able to grow nice bucks in Misasaukee County. I agree with the survey question the DNR /NRC has all of the factual data they need. Antler restrictions work! We’ll keep you updated once we hear when the survey is going out. In the mean time do you need any brochures?
      Good hunting Kevin

  7. Richard Cottrell

    June 8, 2012

    Yes, I am all for it, there is only one problem…… my opinion, it should be the entire state not just a few counties. However, please do what is best for the deer herd not what some politician, hunter or insurance company wants. I know hunting numbers are down and we need to keep as many happy as is possible within proper guidelines of what is “best for the deer heard”.
    dick cottrell

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