Schmidt hopes for a safe, successful deer season

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt on Thursday sent his regards to hunters across the state of Michigan as we approach opening day of firearm deer season.

“Michigan has a rich hunting heritage and hunters from around the state have been gearing up for Nov. 15 all year,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “My office is happy to provide resources to both new and experienced hunters to ensure yet another safe and successful season.”

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has several updated webpages that provide a wealth of resources to Michigan hunters. Hunters can start by searching out a location that sells hunting licenses, or even purchase one via the DNR’s e-license website.

Also available is a comprehensive map of the state’s public land available for hunting and a webpage dedicated to hunting guidelines, season dates and all other information regarding Michigan game. All of this can be accessed by visiting and clicking on the “Hunting and Trapping” tab.

Schmidt pointed to the direct impact deer hunting has on our state’s economy. According to the DNR, more than 600,000 hunters head out in the field annually and contribute more than $2 billion to the state’s tourism industry.

“Northern Michigan is one of the top destinations in the nation for whitetail deer hunting,” Schmidt said. “Catering to deer hunters is a very serious industry up here and something we look forward to every year.”

The senator touted the state’s safety regulations and credits them for the decrease in hunting accidents in recent years.

“The last three seasons have been the safest on record since Michigan began tracking hunting accidents in the 1940s,” Schmidt said. “I hope we can continue this trend and make this year a safe, enjoyable season for the many who cherish deer season as a family tradition.”