The spirit of Fred Bear will have lots of company Wednesday as Copper Country hunters head out into the woods for the start of Firearms Deer Season.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist John DePue says hunters should notice a rebound in the deer herd over previous years.
DePue said, “We talked to a lot of bear hunters while we are registering their bears and they have cameras out. A lot of them commented on the number of deer they’ve been seeing on their cameras and in the field.”
Hunters in Baraga County may come across deer tagged and radio-collared by the DNR as part of a predator-prey study.
“Those are legal targets but if you kill a deer with your tags, if you could just give us a call and give us your tag numbers, that’s good information for us to gather for that research project, and then, of course, the collars we’d like back. They’re fairly expensive,” DePue said.
Those deer were captured and released along Forest Highway 16 between M-38 and M-28.
More information about the study can be found at https://www.facebook.com/MIpredprey/