Category Archives: Michigan Deer Hunting

First Light on Opening Day

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I can’t even begin to describe how much I love sitting on the ground with a heavy frost as dawn breaks and all of nature wakes up.

It’s opening day in michigan.

Be safe and shoot straight everyone.

Opie

The Rut is On

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Well it’s that time of the year again! When the crisp mornings and crunching leaves bring out monster bucks chasing, fighting, grunting and dying.

We’ve been seeing rut activity heating up and the big boys are starting to chase. The next two weeks should be rockin and rolling here in Michigan. Good luck to everyone out there chasing the rut!

See you in the woods!

Opie

Seeing Some Rut Activity

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Well it looks like the whitetail activity is warming up. Quite a few scrapes and rubs in the woods on our way into the stand tonight. The next few weeks should be killer.

Good luck everyone.

Opie

Deer Season Is Rocking

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Well deer season is rockin and rolling here in michigan. We finally got a good frost last week which should take care of the EHD problem. I’ve been hearing of some nice bucks being taken around the state and was lucky to smoke one myself last Sunday.

Good luck to all my fellow hunters out there.

Be Safe and Shoot straight.

Opie

Button Buck at 5 Yards

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And So It Begins

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Well welcome to sweet October folks. As I write this I’m on the ground chasing Whitetails for the first time this year. Have a nice button buck 5 yards away from me wanting to get his picture taken for Huntography.

We have been hit really hard with EHD this year down in southwest Michigan so it’s nice to see a live deer.

I wish the best of luck to all my fellow Michigan hunters this season and hope you all have a safe and successful deer season.

If you happen to get that deer of a lifetime please hit me up via my twitter or email listed below and I’ll do my best to share your story up here on huntography (or come film you tell your story).

Shoot straight and have fun!

Opie
@firstlightgear
Opie@firstlightgear.com

Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (that’s not good)

It’s been a miserably hot summer here in Michigan and it’s brought the onset of EHD. I haven’t found any dead deer yet but the fact that the big bucks we were watching disappeared has me more than a little concerned. Sure hope they are still alive and ready for their big day on film for Deertour.

Below is a press release from the DNR about the areas in Michigan affected so far.

EHD confirmed in eight Michigan counties: Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Clinton, Eaton, Ionia and Montcalm

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health recently confirmed and announced the death of deer in Ionia and Branch counties was due to epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD). Today the two organizations have confirmed EHD in six additional counties: Barry, Calhoun, Cass, Clinton, Eaton and Montcalm. There has been a nationwide increase of EHD outbreaks due to the extended hot and dry conditions.

The often-fatal viral disease, found in wild ruminants, causes extensive internal bleeding within deer and is transmitted by a midge, or type of biting fly. A constant characteristic of the disease is its sudden onset. Deer lose their appetite and fear of humans, grow progressively weaker, salivate excessively and finally become unconscious. Due to a high fever, infected deer often are found sick or dead along or in bodies of water. There is no evidence that humans can contract the EHD virus.

EHD outbreaks killing deer in Michigan have occurred in isolated areas almost every year since 2006. Prior to 2006, EHD outbreaks in Michigan occurred in 1955 and 1974. The estimated mortality has varied from 50 to 1,000 deer per year in the affected areas.

“We are seeing a large die-off of deer in local areas. To date we have over 900 reports of dead deer across all counties,” stated Tom Cooley, DNR wildlife biologist and pathologist. “Although it is difficult to see so many dead deer, this is still a localized issue and the regional deer population should not be impacted.”

The DNR would like to remind hunters that they may not see as many deer in the areas where EHD is occurring. Deer numbers in the affected areas should rebound within a few years.

There is no known effective treatment for, or control of, EHD. Where EHD is more common, deer have built up antibodies to the disease, and population recovery does not take long. Michigan deer do not have the benefit of these antibodies. Losses may be severe but are typically restricted to localized areas. Population recovery may take longer than has been experienced in other states.

Property owners who discover dead deer or would like to talk to their local wildlife biologist should contact their nearest DNR office. Office locations can be found at www.michigan.gov/wildlife by clicking on Wildlife Offices.

It is acceptable to allow natural deterioration processes to dispose of deer that die from EHD. Natural deterioration will not spread the disease or cause other disease outbreaks. Property owners are responsible for the proper disposal of carcasses that they wish to remove from the site. Carcasses should be buried at a sufficient depth so that no parts are showing above ground. Carcasses also can be disposed of at landfills that accept household solid waste.

For more information on EHD, visit www.michigan.gov/wildlifedisease.

Break Out The Bows

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Well spring time in Michigan means its time to break out the ole Mathew’s bow and start warming up for turkey season.

The steelhead are spawning in the rivers so it definitely won’t be long and it will be time to send some carbon death through some monster gobblers.

Congrats @Firstlightgear Deer Found! #deertour #deerhunting #bowhunting #Michigan

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 Congrats @Firstlightgear Deer Found! #deertour #deerhunting #bowhunting #Michigan

Deer Down! Last Day Cliche Baby #deertour #bowhunting #deerhunting #michigan

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Deer down in Michigan.