Good Luck Deer Hunters

Firearms Season Opens Sunday, Nov. 15


Successful hunters this firearms season are encouraged to send the Independent a digital photo of their deer for possible posting on our web site and publication in our paper. Include your name, age, town where you live, county you bagged the deer, size of rack (points/spread) and weight (if known). Send to

The DNR encourages hunters to bring their deer in to one of the 2009 deer check stations, open Nov. 15-25 and Nov. 30 during the regular firearm deer season, or to one of nine Operations Service Centers (OSC) during all other deer seasons.

Biologists use the information gathered at DNR deer check stations to monitor the overall health of the deer herd and to make recommendations for future deer seasons.

Checking deer is completely voluntary except in the CWD surveillance zone.

As a gesture of appreciation, the DNR gives a Deer Management Cooperator patch to hunters willing to help in this endeavor.

Click on the map to locate check stations, including the area stations listed below.

Arenac County: Standish Field Office, 527 N. Main, Standish; Hours- Nov. 15-22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Bay County: Bay City Operations Service Center, 3580 State Park Drive, Bay City: Hours- 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon-Fri, except Nov. 15, noon- 5 p.m., and Nov. 21-22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Oscoda County: Mio Field Office,191 S. Mt. Tom Rd., Mio; Hours- Nov. 15, noon-4 p.m. and Nov. 16-25 and 30, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Alcona County: Lincoln Field Office, 408 Main St., Lincoln; Hours- Nov. 15-25 & Nov.30, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Alpena County: Alpena Field Office, 4343 M-32 West, Alpena; Hours- Nov. 15, noon-4 p.m. and Nov. 16-25 and 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Crawford County: Grayling Field Office, 1955 N I-75 Business Loop, Grayling; Hours- Nov. 15, noon-4 p.m. and Nov. 16-25 and 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Gladwin County: Gladwin Field Office, 801 N. Silverleaf, Gladwin; Hours- Nov. 15-25 and 30, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Montmorency County: Atlanta Field Office, 13501 M-33, Atlanta; Hours- Nov. 15, noon-4:30 p.m. and Nov. 16-25 and 30, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Otsego County: Gaylord Operations Service Center, 1732 West M-32, Gaylord; Hours- 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Fri, except Nov. 15, open noon-4 p.m.

Presque Isle County: Onaway Field Office, M-68 east from M-33 @ Presque Isle Co.Garage; Hours- Nov. 15, noon-4 p.m., Nov.16-25 & 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Roscommon County: Roscommon Operations Service Center, 8717 N. Roscommon Rd., Roscommon; Hours - 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Fri, except Nov. 15, open noon-4 p.m.


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