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Officials predict good deer hunting season

MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - It's the day deer hunters have been waiting for. At sun up Friday hunting season begins.

State officials say it's going to be a good one.

DNR officials say the deer population is on the rebound. They've also reduced the number of tags that they've given out on private land and all that combines for what's expected to be a good hunting season.

Wildlife experts tell us in past years viruses like EHD have cut down the deer population. But this year they aren't seeing that and it's allowed the population to recover.

The biggest change hunters are seeing is a big drop in the number of tags being sold for private land.

DNR officials tell us license quotas and the antlerless harvest should give hunters this year a great experience.

"Just in the last couple of days, the activity level has been phenomenal. I talked to a guy this morning that saw five or six bucks just this morning in his stand. Anticipation is high. I think it's going to be a good season," said Randy Van Dam, Owner of D&R Sports Center. 

The gun-deer season goes until November 30th. After that it's the archery and muzzle loader seasons.