Firearm deer season officially open in Michigan

Posted at 11:28 AM, Nov 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-15 11:28:34-05

Michigan deer hunters are out in the woods right now, taking aim.

It's a warm first day for the start of firearm deer season in Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resource's Wildlife Chief Russ Mason says he doesn't expect warmer temperatures to play too big a role in the hunt this year.

The DNR does expect more than 500,000 people to be out today alone hunting for deer.

Firearm deer season means big bucks for Michigan. According to Pure Michigan, the season from today until November 30th makes up the largest economic impact from hunting for the state.

There are some safety tips and reminders for all hunters to keep in mind. Wear your hunter's orange and make sure you have a license.

If you are in the Chronic Wasting Disease "Core Zone," you need to have any deer you bag checked out for the disease.

That zone is in parts of Ingham, Eaton, Clinton and Shiawassee Counties. You can stop at check points like the Rose Lake check point in Bath Township.