WEST MICHIGAN — Firearm deer season begins this Sunday after bow hunting has been going on for nearly a month and a half.
For many, the start of firearm season is even more exciting than Christmas and Thanksgiving. This year, however, will likely have some differences compared to previous years.
There is expected to be a ton of newcomers to the scene this year, as the Michigan DNR has seen a higher than normal sale of hunting licenses.
With that, they want to remind people, especially those new to hunting, of some common mistakes and new precautions in place.
Simple mistakes made every year include using the wrong tags, not wearing orange or hunting after dark. You are allowed to hunt during daylight hours as well as 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset.
You must also be an expert with your firearm of choice so that you don't end up hurting yourself or someone around you. If you are not comfortable with a firearm, you should not go out and hunt.
Coming within 450 feet of an occupied structure, such as a home or barn, is not allowed unless permission has been granted by the owner. This includes if a deer runs onto private property. You cannot go and retrieve it without consent.
A few new changes due to the ongoing pandemic include wearing proper PPE and masks when visiting a check station after hunting. The DNR asks that you maintain a distance from the workers and other hunters. If you are not comfortable with being around others, you can stay in your car and the workers at the check station will take car of everything in the back of your truck or trailer. You will just need to provide your information through your window.
Blinds are likely going to be a hot commodity with the weather being chilly and rainy on Sunday, so make sure to respect other hunters and keep your area clean.