Lansing — Michigan officials say hunters killed roughly as many deer during the November firearms season as they did in 2009.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment estimates the total at around 234,000. A final count will be released next summer. When other seasons are added, last year's kill was 444,047.
Deer program leader Brent Rudolph says reports about hunter success varied widely, with increases in some places and drop-offs in others. Biologists say deer may have concentrated in areas with abundant acorn crops.
The harvest ranged from unchanged to a 10 percent increase in the Upper Peninsula and the southern Lower Peninsula. It was down by 5 percent to 15 percent in the northern Lower Peninsula.
The DNRE says deer were in good condition, with improved antler development in all regions.