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Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Michigan's Upper Peninsula is also coming off two tough winters, but deer numbers remain reasonably good.

Michigan's Upper Peninsula is also coming off two tough winters, but deer numbers remain reasonably good, especially in Iron and Dickinson counties in the western half. In Iron and Dickinson's southern halves, hunters bagged more than four bucks per square mile the past three years. Fewer deer live in the northern halves of both counties, but fewer hunters go there, too, allowing the can-do few to enjoy the big-woods atmosphere.


Hunting pressure in the UP has dropped noticeably the past five years as Michigan's automotive-based economy slumped and gas prices made the trip expensive for down-state hunters. As a result, while most permanent deer camps remain, fewer hunters are maintaining tent-based and camper-trailer deer camps.


Read more on Whitetail Hotspots: The Great Lakes.


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