Department of Natural Resources: 2012 firearm season a success

The 2012 firearm deer season wrapped up late last week, and the Department of Natural Resources announced today that hunter reports from around the state have been mostly positive.

Into the first few days of the firearm season, the number of people that purchased a deer license was up 2 percent compared to the previous year.

Check station data also cites that deer were in good condition this year, with improvements to measurements in 2011.

"Hunters coming to deer check stations have a great opportunity to contribute data that we use to manage the resources they care so much about," said Dr. Russ Mason, DNR Wildlife Division chief.

The 2012 firearm deer season harvest appears similar or up slightly compared to the 2011 season.

DNR biologists estimate the harvest was up perhaps as much as 10 percent across the Upper Peninsula, but were very similar to the previous year in the northern Lower Peninsula.