BIG RAPIDS — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) still is in the process of sending out surveys and will eventually present findings on how deer hunters fared during the 2017 firearm season.

“We’re going from comments from folks who called in or emailed plus from people who came to our check stations,” DNR Wildlife Technician Katie Keen said. “It sounds like things started off slow but made up for it. People were successful. Well over 600,000 purchased licenses.

“We estimate over 340,000 are harvested in a deer season. The check stations have been busy. We’ll have to dig deep into the harvest information. We’ve had great cooperation from people bringing in deer.”

Hunters still had bow and muzzleloading activity in December, although there weren’t many reports of activity.

“There’s not much going on right now, it’s been dead with all the snow,” Brandon Jurries, at Triggertime Outfitters in Big Rapids, said in December. “Muzzleloading season has ended. You can still archery hunt, but we haven’t had a deer brought in for quite awhile.”

Bow season ran through Jan. 1.

BIG BUCK CONTEST

Results will be announced in The Pioneer Lifestyle section on Jan. 13.