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Michigan Hunting Season 2023

We set out to create the most simplified guide to Michigan hunting seasons for 2023.

Want to find out season dates, learn about regulations and bag limits, understand license requirements, and get access helpful links?

Then you’ll love the info outlined in today’s guide. Let’s dive right in.

Michigan Hunting Seasons

Michigan Hunting Season Dates

Michigan has a long rich tradition of hunting and wildlife conservation.

Michigan Deer Season 2023

Early Antlerless, Firearms: September 18 - September 19

Liberty Hunt: September 11 - September 12

Independence Hunt: October 14 - October 17

Archery: October 1, 2021 - November 14 and December 1 - January 1

Regular Firearm: November 15 - November 30

Muzzleloader: December 3 - December 12

Late Anterless, Firearms: December 13 - January 1

Michigan Wild Turkey Season 2023

Fall General Season: September 15 - November 14

Spring General Season: April 17 - June 7

Michigan Small Game Seasons 2023

Cottontail Rabbit: September 15 - March 31

Snowshoe Hare: September 15 - March 31

Pheasant (Male only): October 10 - January 1

Grouse, Ruffed: September 15 - November 14 and December 1 - January 1

Grouse, Sharp-tailed: October 10 - October 31

Squirrel (Fox and Gray): September 15 - March 31

Opossum, Porcupine, Weasel, Red Squirrel, Skunk, Ground Squirrel, Woodchuck, Feral Swine, Feral Pigeons, Starling, House Sparrows: Open season

Michigan Hunting Zones 2023

See the map below for a breakdown of Michigan's hunting zones:

Michigan Bag Limits 2023

Deer bag limits: 1

Michigan Hunting License 2023

An annual base license is required for everyone who hunts for small game and additional license.
Purchase your hunting and fishing license at :

Annual all species$26$76
Hunt/ Fish Combo$76$266
Base License$11$15
Antlerless Deer$20

Michigan Hunting Regulations 2023

Antlered deer have at least one antler that extends 3 inches above the skull.

You cannot bait.

You don't need to wear orange when bowhunting.

Helpful Resources

Official State Site:

When does hunting season end in Michigan?

Deer season ends January 1 in Michigan.

When does hunting season start in Michigan?

Michigan's deer hunting seasons starts as early as October 1 for the early archery season.

When is the youth hunt in Michigan?

The liberty hunt is September 11 - September 12 in Michigan.

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