Hunters anxious for deer opener

Rifle season opened Nov. 15

Angie Greenway

Angie

Greenway

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BIG RAPIDS – The bow season has been producing good reports and it was expected to pick up this week for the firearm opener.

“I’ve heard of several different people getting some nice bucks,” Brad Cox of Country Bait Store in LeRoy said. “There’s lots of guys seeing them, especially in this area. I think it’s going to be a good year for hunting.”

Bow season got off to a slow start, DNR conservation officer Angie Greenway said.

“I’m going to take an educated guess and attribute that to the weather,” Greenway said. “It was such a warm October. We did not see the activity we did last year. Part of it too as even though the COVID restrictions are looser, there were things that took them away from the woods.

“It’s been picking up a little bit in the last week and a half. The rut really has turned on. Bucks are chasing does and guys are getting out there and we’re hitting some nice success stories.”

Greenway has checked with small game hunters who report they’re seeing a few more birds than they have in the past couple of years.

“There’s a few squirrels right now,” she said.

Greenway also reminds hunters to wear hunter orange and other proper hunting attire.

“Know your target and what’s beyond and have a safe season,” she said. “Make sure you have permission to be on someone’s property.”

DNR wildlife biologist is expecting a banner firearm season.

“Archery season has been a mixed bag,” Kailing said. “I’m hearing some things. The cold weather we have has taken a best for now. It’s a good time to be out if you’re an archer. It should be a good archer. It will be cool and cold, maybe even some snow.”

The Paris field office will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on  Nov. 15, 16, 17, 18 for deer checks.

“If you have an archery kill and you want a tag or want your deer aged and want to check it, bring the skull with you,” Kailing said.