DNR issues hunting safety reminders ahead of firearm deer season

Posted at 3:52 PM, Nov 14, 2016

LANSING, Mich. -- Open firearm season starts Tuesday, and the Michigan DNR and local gun shops are getting ready for the big day.  They're reminding hunters to have fun but also follow the rules.

Tens of thousands of Michigan residents and non-residents will take to the fields and forests for open firearm deer season, which runs from Nov. 15 to Nov. 30.

The Michigan DNR is expecting an even bigger harvest than last year.

"Enjoy being outside, make sure you know your surroundings, always let someone know where you're going to be," said Ashley Autenrieth with the DNR.

If you're hunting in a Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) area, it's mandatory to check your deer in the core area located near Lansing and recommended to check your deer in the surrounding counties.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that if you harvest a deer that is positive with CWD, that you do not consume the meat.

Here are a few other reminders for Michigan hunters from the DNR: