The state Department of Natural Resources says it will make about the same number of public-land antlerless deer licenses available to hunters this fall as last fall.
Monday's announcement comes after the Natural Resources Commission approved antlerless license quotas at its meeting last week in Lansing. The DNR says, however, that private-land licenses will decrease by about 25 percent - most significantly in southern Michigan.
The DNR will make 70,550 licenses available for public land, down from last year's 70,750. A total of 483,400 private-land licenses will be available, down from 637,900 in 2012. In the northern Lower Peninsula, more antlerless licenses will be available for public and private land.
In the Upper Peninsula, 18,800 private-land licenses will be available. The quota for public-land licenses is 4,500.