Hunters took fewer deer in 2010 but were happier with the season, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced this week after releasing final results of the deer hunting season.
Hunters killed 418,000 deer during the season, a 6 percent decrease from 2009. The survey, sent to more than 50,000 hunters, also showed that hunters spent 9.6 million days in the field. Approximately 656,500 hunters participated.
The survey showed that hunters killed 1 percent fewer bucks in 2010 and 10 percent fewer antlerless deer than in 2009. But it also stated that hunters reported increased satisfaction with the season in terms of the number of deer seen, deer harvested and the overall hunting experience, DNR officials said.
Fewer hunters also bought licenses in 2010. The survey showed a 4 percent decrease from 2009. Of those who did hunt 44 percent were successful, taking at least one deer.