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Mid-Michigan deer hunters happy to share success stories

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(11/15/12) - If you're a deer hunter, the weather Thursday morning was ideal for the opening day of the firearm season. Those who were successful Thursday will have stories to tell for years to come.

A steady numbers of hunters arrived at the DNR check station in northern Oakland County to have their deer examined and to receive a successful hunter patch.

"He came into my bait pile. Didn't see me and that's about it," said Stan Brunhuber of Fenton.

"Actually, I was trying to get my heater going in the blind and I kept looking out the window, back and forth. He just showed up and left me a shot," said Monte Cleary of Grand Blanc.

The DNR can check the age of the deer by looking at the teeth. They can check the overall health by looking at the antlers. And new this year, they look at the hooves to check for the disease EHD.

"There certainly are locations where it did get that virus and it killed numerous deer," said Tim Payne, regional wildlife supervisor for the Michigan DNR.

EHD, which is spread by the bite of an insect called a midge, can affect the hooves of deer that survive it.

"It's a disease that seemed to be all over southern Michigan," Payne said.

Because opening day is on a Thursday, not as many hunters were able to go north where rifles can be used.

"There's a lot more hunting downstate than there has been in years past. We're selling more shotguns, more muzzleloaders than I think we traditionally do," said Cary Morin of Williams Gun Sight store in Davison Township.

While hunters derive a great deal of satisfaction in putting venison on the table, many say it's great just being in the fresh air.

"I enjoy being out in the woods. Peace and quiet out there. I don't mind if I don't see anything. It's nice being out there," said B.J. Rumph of Oakland County.

"I like being out in the woods and enjoying the outdoors," Brunhuber said.

"Just really enjoyable for me, to be out there in nature," Cleary said.

About 650,000 deer hunters are expected to be in Michigan fields and forests over the next two weeks.

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