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Michigan's 16-day firearm deer hunt is under way

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:49 AM

There are limits for hunters across much of the southern part of the Lower Peninsula, where they can't kill as many deer as usual because of an insect-spread deer disease. The new limits on antlerless deer hunting are a response to epizootic hemorrhagic disease.

Firearm deer hunting season runs through Nov. 30.

State officials also want deer hunters to take aim at feral swine while out in Michigan's woods and fields. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Department of Natural Resources both say farmers should shoot the wild pigs.

The state is urging people to report sightings of the free-ranging animals. Private land owners may shoot or trap-and-remove feral swine.

The DNR has designated certain types of exotic swine as invasive species. Officials said they've escaped from game ranches and caused damage in the wild.

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