Hunters

Hunting is a time-honored tradition in Michigan and deer are a valued natural resource. Resources on this page will provide best practices for safe harvest and processing.

whitetail deer standing in snow

Hunters: Look for signs of illness in deer

September 23, 2020

Identifying deer with chronic wasting disease is not always possible by visual observation. There are common signs that may indicate a deer is sick, but it may or may not have chronic wasting disease.

Man with deer

Hunters, pack your rubber gloves to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease

September 4, 2020

Prions from infected cervids are present in blood and spinal fluid, and they are shed across the landscape in waste products where they can last for decades. Chronic wasting disease will significantly impact the Michigan deer population.