Michigan's Natural Resource Commission did not add point restrictions to deer hunting during their monthly meeting last Thursday in Lansing. According to Mlive, the Michigan Bowhunters Association says 56 percent of the organization is in favor of statewide Antler Point Restrictions. A survey found that the restrictions had a 77% approval rating in the Northwest 12. The region includes Manistee, Lake, Mason, Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim, Kalkaska, Grand Traverse, Benzie, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee and Osceola counties.
The commission did pass an amendment to lift the sunset clause for the northwest 12, requiring that a buck must have at least three points on each antler in order to be hunted. The restriction statewide was lifted by the DNR in hopes of culling Tuberculosis infected deer and deer infected with chronic wasting disease.