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      Upper Peninsula deer numbers down

      Early estimates are showing a decline in deer hunting success over the 2012 season, according to wildlife officials.

      The Department of Natural Resources says that there is an estimated decline of about 30 to 40 percent for this year's deer harvest.

      Why are the numbers so low? The DNR says that last year's winter conditions and snowfall may have had an impact on the survival of fawns from 2012, and may have reduced the number of fawns from 2013.

      Reports show that there is an increased percentage of older bucks, two-and-a-half years or older, being taken this year. Officials say that this supports the notion that last winter was difficult for the Upper Michigan deer herd.

      According to officials, hunters have also noticed the slow start to the hunting season.