The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says deer hunters are expected to see a successful season in the field this year.
The DNR's report on the 2013 season says some areas may see lower numbers of deer following severe winter weather, which included heavy snowfall and a late thaw. Overall, the DNR says the change is expected to be minimal in the northern Lower Peninsula.
Hunting in parts of the Lower Peninsula has been affected by epizootic hemorrhagic disease, an insect-spread deer disease. That's expected to be the case again this season, although the only outbreak reported recently has been in Muskegon County.
The disease isn't a threat to humans. It causes extensive internal bleeding in deer and is transmitted a biting fly.