Thousands hit the woods for firearms deer season
Lansing — Thousands of hunters are heading to forests and fields for the opening day of Michigan's firearms deer season.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says some parts of the state may have fewer fawns and yearlings than usual because of last winter's bitter weather. Early snowfall may make for difficult hunting in parts of the Upper Peninsula.
Elsewhere, officials say conditions should be good for the two-week season. But the state has sold the lowest number of licenses in six years — just over 1 million, with higher fees a possible factor.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says hunting pumps about $2.3 billion into the Michigan economy, from equipment purchases to food and lodging.
Officials are urging hunters to use good safety practices, including wearing orange-colored garments.