Meetings set to discuss deer-hunting restrictions

LANSING, MI – Michigan wildlife officials are holding meetings to discuss recently proposed antler restrictions for deer hunters in northeastern lower Michigan.

The proposal calls for a minimum of three antler points on at least one side for a buck to be legal.

The deer-management unit includes Presque Isle, Montmorency, Alpena, Oscoda, Alcona and Iosco counties. That's where bovine tuberculosis in the deer herd is most prevalent and the biggest concern.

The meetings are scheduled for June 22 in Alcona County's Harrisville Township and June 23 in Alpena.

The proposal is on the Natural Resources Commission's agenda for action at its July meeting. It's aimed at aiding existing TB eradication efforts.