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Average percentage (and range) of yearling bucks protected by various antler point restriction rules in the three regions of Michigan, 1987-98. A yearling buck is approximately 18 months of age at time of harvest. Information derived from deer check station data from all hunting seasons. A rule requiring at least 3 points on one side would protect animals with 4 total points or less, since an animal with 5 total points would have at least 3 points on one side.

RULE

Upper Peninsula

Northern Lower Peninsula

Southern Lower Peninsula

No spike

49% (37-57)

42% (36-48)

10% (8-13)

At least 3 points on one side

82% (75-86)

73% (67-79)

32% (27-37)

At least 4 points on one side

96% (94-97)

93% (91-96)

69% (62-75)

 

Average percentage (and range) of adult bucks (yearling and older) protected by various antler point restriction rules in the three regions of Michigan, 1987-98. Information derived from deer check station data from all hunting seasons.

 

RULE

Upper Peninsula

Northern Lower Peninsula

Southern Lower Peninsula

No spike

26% (18-32)

29% (25-33)

7% (6-9)

At least 3 points on one side

48% (35-55)

54% ( 49-59)

24% (20-27)

At least 4 points on one side

66% (57-73)

76% (73-80)

53% (48-58)

 

Bill Moritz

August 9, 1999