Michigan Hunting Seasons, 2015-2016


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

Early Antlerless, Firearms Sep. 19-20
Liberty Hunt Sep. 19-20
Independence Hunt Oct. 15-18
Archery Oct. 1-Nov. 14
Dec. 1-Jan. 1
Muzzleloader Dec. 4-20*
Late Antlerless, Firearms Dec. 21-Jan. 1

*Dates vary by zone.

Elk Seasons

Unit L*elk Aug. 25-28
Sep. 11-14
Sep. 25-28
Units F, G, X Dec. 5-13
Additional Harvest Jan. 13-17

*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.

Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall Sep. 15-Nov. 14
Spring Apr. 20-May 31

Small Game Seasons

Cottontail Rabbit Sep. 15-Mar. 31
Snowshoe Hare Sep. 15-Mar. 31
Crow Aug. 1-Sep. 30
Feb. 1-Mar. 31
Pheasant Oct. 10-31 (Zone 1)
Oct. 20-Nov. 14 (Zone 2, 3)
Dec. 1-Jan. 1 (Zone 3)
Quail Oct. 20-Nov. 14
Ruffed Grouse Sep. 15-Nov. 14
De. 1-Jan. 1
Sharp-tailed Grouse Oct. 10-31
Fox/Gray Squirrel Sep. 1-Mar. 1
Woodcock Sep. 19-Nov. 2
Opossum Year-round
Porcupine Year-round
Weasel Year-round
Red Squirrel Year-round
Ground Squirrel Year-round
Woodchuck Year-round
Feral Swine Year-round
Feral Pigeons Year-round
Starling Year-round
House Sparrows Year-round

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.