This year, several counties have joined Leelanau county's requirement of at least three antlers on one side. These counties are Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Osceola and Wexford. I hunt on private land in Charlevoix, so this will affect me. I'm mostly looking for the meat when I hunt, so not being able to shoot four points or spikes doesn't really bother me. Hopefully these new restrictions will help generate bigger bucks.
Unfortunately, next year begins the big license fee hikes. For all residents, a 'base' license is required in order to purchase other licenses. Basically hunters need to buy a license, to buy a license. This resident base license will cost $6. The buck and antlerless licenses will go up to $20. For the non resident hunters such as largemouth19, the base license fee will be $151. The first deer license bought by a non resident will also be $20, the second will be $170. I sure am glad I am a resident as I probably wouldn't hunt here for those prices. I've done a little research on the DNR website about the MIhunt program, I don't really see how raising the license prices to help fund this will be that beneficial. I think more people will be inclined to not buy a license and risk being caught.