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2018 Michigan Deer Hunting Forecast

For many years, the DNR has provided a forecast of the upcoming deer seasons. In the 2018 Michigan Deer Hunting Prospects report, the DNR anticipates a successful year for many deer hunters, with indicators showing deer numbers to be up over last year. Biologists are expecting the number of deer taken to increase slightly from last year’s numbers, which were up more than 10 percent from the previous year across the state. Specific regional information is included within the forecast.

The DNR encourages hunters to familiarize themselves with current regulations before hitting the field. Deer regulations can be found at Other important resources include this year’s Hunting Digest and Antlerless Deer Digest – both available to download at

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Michigan is one of the top five states nationally in both number of deer hunters and overall deer taken each year, and the top state for deer taken with archery equipment. The DNR wishes all deer hunters safe and successful deer seasons.

For more information about the 2018 deer hunting forecast, contact DNR deer biologist Ashley Autenrieth at 989-732-3541, ext. 5044.