Michigan Hunting Seasons, 2014-2015

Bag game large and small during Michigan’s hunting seasons. From elk and deer to bear, turkey and wolf, hunters will find variety while hunting in the state.

Michigan offers hunters access to both public and private lands. The Hunting Access Program (HAP) and Hunters Helping Landowners Program turn privately owned properties into easily accessible and legally hunt-able regions. Additionally, the Department of Natural Resources provides Mi-HUNT, a mapping tool for hunters to find public hunting areas statewide.

Hunting licenses are available for resident and nonresidents. Licenses can be purchased from a license agent or through the natural resources website.


Deer Seasons

Regular Firearms Nov. 15-30
Early Antlerless, Firearms Sept. 20-21
Liberty Hunt Sept. 20-21
Independence Hunt Oct. 16-19
Archery Oct. 1-Nov. 14, Dec. 1-Jan. 1
Muzzleloader Dec. 5-21, end dates vary by region
Late Antlerless, Firearms Dec. 22-Jan. 1


Elk Seasons

General Season Aug. 26-Jan. 18, season start and end dates vary by region

*Elk hunting is restricted by a lottery permit system. Selected hunters are randomly assigned to specific hunting areas and hunt time period, ranging from August through January.


Bear Seasons

General Season Sept. 10-Oct. 26

*Bear hunting is restricted to a preference point lottery system. Hunters, who are randomly selected, can hunt in the bear management unit of their choosing. Those who are not chosen receive points for weight in future drawings.


Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall Turkey Sept. 15-Nov. 14

Small Game Seasons

Cottontail Rabbit Sept. 15-Mar. 31
Snowshoe Hare Sept. 15-Mar. 31
Crow Aug. 1-Sept. 30, Feb. 1-Mar. 31
Pheasant Oct. 10-Jan. 1, season start and end dates vary by region
Quail Oct. 20-Nov. 14
Ruffed Grouse Sept. 15-Nov. 14, Dec. 1-Jan. 1
Sharp-tailed Grouse Oct. 10-31
Fox/Gray Squirrel Sept. 15-Mar. 1
Woodcock Sept. 21-Nov. 4

Open season with valid Michigan hunting license

Red Squirrel
Ground Squirrel
Feral Swine
Feral Pigeons
House Sparrows

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Michigan hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources website.