MANISTEE COUNTY – Manistee County saw an estimated 3,200 people purchase deer hunting licenses in 2020, according to the latest report in the Michigan Deer Harvest Report.

But what else does the report tell residents about how the season is unfolding and trends in the region?

The report examines a host of factors such as the number of deer slaughtered, the number of hunters, license sales by county and other details as of 2020 and also compares the information to previous years.

Part of the report shows how many hunting licenses were sold for public land versus private land in Manistee County.


Last year, Manistee County sold a total of 4,174 licenses. The total number of license buyers in the county was 3,217.

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The county has seen more private deer hunting licenses compared to public licenses. Last year 2,852 licenses were sold in the county for hunting on private land, while public lands had 1,322 licenses.

The state’s quota for the county was 5,000 licenses, but the total number of licenses sold for the county was 4,174.

REGION, NEIGHBORS OF MANISTEE

Although individual county harvests were not included in the report, harvest figures were reported by region.

Manistee County was listed in the northwestern region of the Lower Peninsula for the report and its deer harvest increased nearly 15% from 2019 to 2020.

The region is made up of 13 counties and 40,040 deer were slaughtered in the region last year.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DEER HARVEST REPORT

These are the highlights of the most recently released Michigan Deer Harvest Report, which features information for 2020 compared to previous years.

• Manistee County region recorded 14.8% increase in deer harvest from 2019 to 2020

• The number of deer slaughtered in the state was 420,071

• The Manistee County area saw around 24% more deer slaughtered during the youth freedom hunt last year compared to 2019.


Hunter satisfaction also increased slightly in the region last year compared to 2019. Satisfaction was based on factors such as number of deer, types of deer seen, size of antlers seen and overall experience. of hunting.

The region also saw an increase of about 6.5% in the number of hunters in the archery season last year compared to 2019. This compares to a 1.3% increase for hunters. firearms in the region between 2019 and 2020.

The region also saw an increase of almost 32% in the number of hunters participating in the Independence Hunt from 2019 to 2020. The Independence Hunt is aimed at veterans who are “100% disabled or considered residents. as individually unemployable by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. “

Although there has been an increase in the number of Independence hunters, there has been an almost 6% drop in the harvest from 2019 to 2020 for this hunt in the region.

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The region also saw an increase in the number of days different types of hunters hunted overall, but these increases varied depending on the type of hunting season.

Overall, the region experienced a 2.7% increase in the number of hunters for all hunting seasons from 2019 to 2020.

In Benzie County, 1,784 people bought permits last year to hunt in the county.

Last year, Benzie had purchased 857 public licenses and 1,410 private licenses purchased.

According to the state map of deer harvesting density, county by county, Manistee County had a harvest density of about two to four deer with and without antlers per square mile respectively.

Mason County was one of only four in the state with the highest antlerless deer harvest density category of eight to 10 per square mile. Mason County harvested about six to eight antler deer per square mile last year.

STATE

Last year, the state saw an increase of about 2% in the number of people purchasing a deer license from 2019. The number of deer slaughtered in the state has also increased.

The number of deer slaughtered in Michigan increased from 367,652 in 2018, to 370,948 in 2019 and then to 420,071 last year.

Last year, the state saw the highest number of hunters participating during gun season, followed by archery and muzzleloading seasons.

Statewide, the report shows that 488,422 people participated in regular gun season, while 322,312 hunted during archery season.

The muzzleloading season saw 159,240 hunters last year.

The report also shows each of the three seasons through the years dating back to 1953.

According to the graphs in the report, archery didn’t start to develop until 1977, and then peaked in the mid-1990s.

The report also shows that the average number of days spent hunting was 13.5 days during the season. Days spent hunting are also known as the effort hunters put into each season.

Regular gun season hunters were next on the list with 6.7 days of effort and muzzleloaders showed an average of 4.4 days spent hunting.

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The report’s section on the number of deer harvested over the years describes the highest number of deer harvested in 1988, when it was just under 600,000 deer harvested that year in the state.

Last year just over 400,000 deer were slaughtered.

Of those that were harvested, 48% were harvested during regular gun season and 33% during archery season.

Last year, most hunters purchased two deer harvest tags, with 64% of all tag types being for the combination harvest which allows antlerless or antler male harvests.

The report also compared deer hunting licenses purchased in 2020 with 2010 where there was a decrease of 81,579.

The full report is available online at michigan.gov.


HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DEER HARVEST REPORT

These are the highlights of the most recently released Michigan Deer Harvest Report, which features information for 2020 compared to previous years.

• Manistee County region recorded 14.8% increase in deer harvest from 2019 to 2020

• The number of deer slaughtered in the state was 420,071

• The Manistee County area saw around 24% more deer slaughtered during the youth freedom hunt last year compared to 2019.

• The public lands of Manistee County

License quota for the county: 1,500

Licenses sold for the county: 1,322

# of buyers for the county: 1,064

• Manistee County Private Land

License quota for the county: 3,500

Licenses sold for the county: 2,852

# of buyers for the county: 2,153

• Combined public / private statistics of Manistee County

Total license quota for the county (public and private): 5,000

Total licenses sold for the county (public and private): 4,174

Total number of buyers for the county (public and private): 3,217

Full report:

Michigan Deer Harvest Survey Report 2020 by Arielle Breen on Scribd