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Michigan Hunting Seasons

We set out to create the most simplified guide to Michigan hunting seasons for 2021-2022.

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 Seasons

Early Antlerless, Firearms: September 18, 2021 - September 19, 2021

Liberty Hunt: September 11, 2021 - September 12, 2021

Independence Hunt: October 14, 2021 - October 17, 2021

Archery: October 1, 2021 - November 14, 2021 and December 1, 2021 - January 1, 2022

Regular Firearm: November 15, 2021 - November 30, 2021

Muzzleloader: December 3, 2021 - December 12, 2021

Late Anterless, Firearms: December 13, 2021 - January 1, 2022

Michigan Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall General Season: September 15, 2021 - November 14, 2021

Spring General Season: April 17, 2022 - June 7, 2022

Michigan Small Game Seasons

Cottontail Rabbit: September 15, 2021 - March 31, 2022

Snowshoe Hare: September 15, 2021 - March 31, 2022

Pheasant (Male only): October 10, 2021 - January 1, 2022

Grouse, Ruffed: September 15, 2021 - November 14, 2021 and December 1, 2021 - January 1, 2022

Grouse, Sharp-tailed: October 10 - October 31, 2021

Squirrel (Fox and Gray): September 15, 2021 - March 31, 2022

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

Michigan Hunting Zones

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

Michigan Bag Limits

Deer bag limits: 1

Michigan Hunting License

An annual base license is required for everyone who hunts for small game and additional license.
Purchase your hunting and fishing license at : https://www.mdnr-elicense.com/

LicenseResidentNonresident
Annual all species$26$76
Hunt/ Fish Combo$76$266
Base License$11$15
Permit
Antlerless Deer$20
Bear$25N/A
Deer$40$20
Turkey$15N/A

Michigan Hunting Regulations

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: https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/

FAQs
When does hunting season end in Michigan?

Deer season ends January 1, 2022 in Michigan.

When does hunting season start in Michigan?

Michigan's deer hunting seasons starts as early as October 1, 2021 for the early archery season.

When is the youth hunt in Michigan?

The liberty hunt is September 11, 2021 - September 12, 2021 in Michigan.

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