Elk NetworkMore Michigan Residents Turn to Hunting

General | November 9, 2020

Whether it’s COVID-related or not, it seems more people are heading to the woods in a quest to fill their freezers with meat. At least that seems to be the case in Michigan.

“This hunting season has started out with a boom,” Donna Luft, owner of Luft Farm Wild Game Processing along with her husband, told the Mining Journal. “We are up 50 percent from last year and a lot of really nice bucks. If this is any indication of how the season is going to be, we are going to be very busy.”

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reports new hunters purchased 72,563 licenses as of October 26, 2020, compared to 38,609 one year earlier. That marks an increase of 188 percent.

There are similar increases in hunter participation in other states as well.

(Photo source: Michigan Department of Natural Resources)