Michigan Hunting Seasons, 2018-2019




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.

Michigan Deer Seasons

Early Antlerless, Firearms Sept. 22-23
Liberty Hunt Sept. 22-23
Independence Hunt Oct. 18-21
Archery Oct. 1-Nov. 14 and Dec. 1-Jan. 1
Regular Firearm Nov. 15-30
Muzzleloader Dec. 7-23**
Late Anterless, Firearms Dec. 17-Jan. 1

**Season dates vary by zone



Michigan Elk Seasons

Hunt Period 1 Aug. 28-Oct. 1
Hunt Period 2 Dec. 15-23
Hunt Period 3 Jan. 16-19

*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.

Michigan Wild Turkey Seasons

Spring General Season Apr. 23-May 31

Michigan Small Game Seasons

Cottontail Rabbit Sept. 15-Mar. 31
Snowshoe Hare Sept. 15-Mar. 31
Pheasant Oct. 10-Jan. 1**
Ruffed Grouse Sept. 15-Nov. 14 and Dec. 1-Jan. 1
Squirrel (Fox and Gray) Sept. 15-Mar. 1
Opossum, Porcupine, Weasel, Red Squirrel, Skunk, Ground Squirrel, Woodchuck, Feral Swine, Feral Pigeons, Starling, House Sparrows Open season

**Season dates vary by zone

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.