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Deer harvest down in Michigan

MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - There were a lot less deer to hunt this season.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says those numbers are down because of weather, disease and rule changes in 2012.

The DNR says heavy, late snow and the epizootic hemorrhagic disease outbreak two summers ago played a big role.

The drop was about 15 to 20-percent in the Upper Peninsula and around 10-percent in the Lower Peninsula in the 2013 hunting season, which ended Saturday.