Antler Point Restrictions (APR's) are growing in popularity among a segment of the deer hunting population and many hunters would like to see them made mandatory, as a means of increasing the number of older bucks, with bigger antlers. While much of the debate over APR's is social in nature, there is growing concern over the potentially negative biological impact that such regulations may have, in areas where communicable diseases are known or suspected to be present. Because of the potentially serious economic threat that the increased prevalence of disease poses to Dairy and Cattle farmers in Northern Michigan, we are calling on the Natural Resources Commission to re-examine regulations that are currently in place, or which could occur, should the current 12 county NLP APR initiative be enacted. We have provided a policy statement/white paper intended to outline the history of disease in Michigan, as well as to examine the potential impact that these regulations may have on the demographic makeup of the deer herd and the disease risk implications that result. We would encourage anyone who is seriously interested in this issue to take a look at this report. Please share your feedback with us on our comments page.