Weigh in on 2021 deer regulations during virtual open houses Aug. 20-21

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Input sought on 2021 deer regulations

Deer hunting regulations for 2020 were finalized in July, and it is already time to start thinking about those for 2021. Hunters and others interested in deer hunting regulations are invited to attend and give input during two virtual open house events next week.

The sessions will be held virtually from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, and from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 21. The content will be the same at both meetings.

Participants will hear from Michigan Department of Natural Resources experts about deer population dynamics, disease and harvest and hunter trends. Attendees will be given a look at, and an opportunity to weigh in on, the DNR-proposed 2021 deer hunting regulations.

The potential changes are meant to simplify deer hunting regulations and remove barriers to participation in deer hunting. Once public input has been gathered, it will be sent to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission for review before the commission votes on the proposed regulations in December.

A video recording of the virtual open houses and a survey link will be available at Michigan.gov/Deer once the sessions have concluded. Hunters can provide feedback on the proposed regulations via the survey through Aug. 28.