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Old 12-25-2016, 06:03 AM
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Thinking of buying some land in the u.p. around powers Michigan can anyone give any info on this area businesses and game how is deer population thanks
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Old 01-03-2017, 05:06 PM
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Powers doesn't have much for businesses but Escanaba is only about 20 miles away and you can find most chain stores there. The hunting in that general area has about the highest buck kill per square mile. The winters there are the easiest in the U.P. and that helps the deer herd a lot. The overall deer population is probably higher in that area than any other place in the U.P. Now, when I'm talking about the Powers area I'm talking about a radius of about 30 miles around Powers.
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Old 01-04-2017, 01:20 AM
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That's a great first post, Woodtick. Welcome to Shooters Forum.

I take you're from that area, yourself? I'm south of the bridge, down around East Jordan.

It's interesting how winter severity (snow accumulation, bitter cold temps) can vary quite a bit in just a short distance, even within the same county. One of our properties, in southeast Antrim County, gets nearly twice as much snow, during most storms. Deer numbers are never as good there, and likely never will be.
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Old 01-04-2017, 02:33 PM
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If you can buy a large enough piece of realestate, and grow enough food that the deer like to eat, then plant enough cedar trees to provide cover in the winter, you will likely have all the deer you can shoot on your land where you don't need to ask permission to hunt. CATCH! You must also post the property with signs that say "Hunting by permission only. Violators will be prosecuted." Then prosecute the trespassers.

Good luck. Happy hunting.
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Old 01-06-2017, 05:01 AM
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I own a 37 acre deer camp in Rapid River about 28 miles east of Escanaba. Eska Has a wal mart, and still has a K mart but with the new list of closings I don't know how much longer. Only lumber yard I know of left there is Mearnds, and the down town lumber yard I believe. 84 lumber closed several years ago. Several large grocery stores.

Deer populations are down from just 6 years ago. 2014 winter was real hard on the herd, there also In my option not enough coyote hunters, controlling the raising coyote population. We never seen or heard a coyote at my camp till 2003. Now they are so bold they come right up out side the cabin at night. We keep a couple 12 ga loaded with coyote buster close at hand during the night. At one time we would leave coolers of food out side so we didn't have to buy as much ice. I build a shed to store coolers in and hang deer.

We will go up in early March and hunt coyotes for a week, now can do it any time of the year.
In a week between two of us we were bring home close to 40 pelts a year and we were shooting 5 or 6 every deer season, SSS style since they DNR are so worried about their wolves they had the season close Nov 15 thru the 3oth . so shooting coyotes made us poachers then.
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Old 01-07-2017, 07:26 PM
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Born and raised in the UP. Left in 1970 to get work in the LP. Still have friends there and they tell me the deer population is being heavily cut down by coyotes and wolves. The deer have always been plentiful over on the west end. I doubt very much has changed about that since I left. Allyyooper is telling you the truth about Esky and the preditors. Take care of your local deer. Collect some coyote pelts. Make a few friends. You'll be a happy land owner.
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Old 01-14-2017, 09:59 AM
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I dont know about that area of the UP but N of there for sure the wolves will keep any deer herd in check and growth will be minimal.

This will be forever most likely as the wirdeos will keep the wolf ting in court for ever.
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Old 01-18-2017, 05:23 PM
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Thanks everyone for the replies I have a friend that says the same thing deer are fewer than ever I'm torn between the u.p. and northern Missouri were I currently have a lease land is cheaper in the u.p. but more deer in Missouri so I've got a decision to make soon
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Old 02-11-2017, 03:30 PM
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I dont know where you are but Id probably do the MO.. more deer and probably BIGGER racks.
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Old 02-15-2017, 01:18 PM
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My father lives on the lake about twelve miles south of Escanaba. That part of the UP is supposed to have very high deer density. The locals all grumble that the DNR vastly underestimates the population and wish they would free up more permits. Opening day is a school holiday. I hunted the state forest right there late in the season one year but didn't see anything. It's tough competition on public land, but if you had private land you could hunt on, I'm sure you would do better. It was really beautiful, with all that pine forest and snow.

Be sure to get yourself a bigger snow blower.
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