Here are the key differences in the different types of deer tags.
By now, here in Michigan we’re right in the full swing of things as far as deer seasons go, but if for some odd reason you haven’t bought a tag yet, and are confused by changes enacted last year, here’s a handy video from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources that explains things.
The changes are really pretty subtle from what they were before. I’m guessing it was probably just simpler for them to make the single tag into a license good for bow or gun rather than have separate ones for each.
Another thing that isn’t mentioned by this video, but is important, is the new base license system put in place last year. You now have to purchase one of these in order to buy a deer license. The extra money from the base tag goes into funding of the conservation efforts by the DNR.
While the tags cost a little more because of this, the plus side is the base license also covers small game hunting. So once your deer tags are filled, you have additional opportunities to enjoy the woods.
Good luck to all my fellow Michigan hunters in filling your deer tags!