UNDATED (WTVB) - It’s October First and that means Michigan’s archery deer hunting season begins today. It runs until November 14th and then starts up again on December First and continues until January First. It’s expected there will be another increase in the bow kill, but whether it matches last year’s hike remains to be seen. Last year’s take was up 12 percent from 2010. State wildlife officials reported that archers took nearly 132-thousand bucks and does. There were also five percent more bow hunters in 2011, meaning just under 322,000 archers took part in the 10 week season.
3 years ago was when Michigan legalized the use of crossbows during the archery season. There have been some complaints from firearms hunters that the big bucks are being taken by bow hunters before they get out in the fields with their guns beginning on November 15th. Today also happens to be the 75th anniversary of Michigan’s bow season, which started back in 1937. Here in the southern part of Michigan, the state says archers last year shot almost 80-thousand deer. The count could be down in the areas where hundreds of deer have died from EHD, epizootic hemorrhagic disease. It’s not a danger to humans and is carried by tiny, biting midges. Additional deer deaths from EHD are expected until the first hard frost takes out the biting flies.