deer wintering habitat

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking private landowners to help maintain and improve deer wintering habitat in U.P. counties. 

Officials say habitat quality is an influence in white-tailed deer population trends. 

Three meetings will be held to discuss cost-share programs available to aid in those improvement efforts. Each will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

MASS CITY, MI--   Private landowners interested in helping or improve Upper Peninsula deer wintering habitat can learn more at an upcoming DNR meeting next week.

The meeting will focus on private land ownership in northern Ontonagon, Houghton and Keweenaw counties. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Private landowners in Baraga and Iron counties can learn about improving deer wintering habitat in their area at two meetings hosted by the DNR this month. 

Severe winters over the past three years have decreased whitetail numbers.  Officials are concerned the condition of the deer’s wintering habitat—dense canopies of conifer trees, especially cedar and hemlock—has also declined. 

Baraga and Iron counties contain some of the region’s deer wintering complexes, and to help improve conditions the DNR is asking for help from private landowners.