Firearm Deer Season opens in West Michigan

Firearm Deer Season begins Wednesday in Michigan. (WWMT)

PORTAGE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Wednesday marks the start of firearm deer season in Michigan.

Hunters now have 16 days to bag the buck of their dreams! And while hunters are holding out, the weather is looking dicey.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) tells Newschannel 3 they are reminding hunters to bring extra layers to fight the cold temperatures.

The DNR also wants hunters to wear their blaze orange hunting gear. That includes hats and vests, which are required in the state. Officials also suggest hunters practice with their gun while wearing all of that winter gear to make sure nothing could get in the way or cause them any more danger with the firearm.

"Safety is always paramount. It's important that hunters remember to keep their safeties on, keep their fingers outside the trigger well until their sights are on target and they've identified their target," said Lieutenant Gerald Thayer from the Michigan DNR. "Then they can put their finger through the trigger guard and shoot their game."

The DNR says this year they are working even harder to track Chronic Wasting Disease in deer. They are opening up more check stations this year, encouraging everyone who bags a buck to get theirs checked. You can find their map here.

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For hunters heading out in a big group, it is important to keep track of everyone. While many parents watch over their hunting-age kids, the DNR says they are not the only ones that need to be looked out for.

"We're always worried about younger folks, and that's a good thing, but we also need to take care of our older folks who maybe get lackadaisical and aren't thinking clearly," said Lt. Thayer. "We're seeing a lot more hunting accidents with the older folks these days than the younger ones."

If you are heading out hunting, don't forget to send us your photos! We want to see you suited up for the woods, your blinds, tree stands and, of course, any deer you end up bagging! Just upload those photos here.

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