Michigan Hunting Seasons Dates (Updated)

Welcome to the Michigan Hunting Seasons page. Updated US Hunting Seasons for 2019-2020.

As part of our comprehensive guide to US Hunting Seasons By State on this page you will find out "When Is Hunting Season for Michigan?"

There is also general information on the different hunting seasons for a wide range of wild game species. You will find links to the relevant State Authority so you can make sure you have all the correct legal obligations in place before you start your hunt.

Michigan hunting season offers a diverse range of game for the hunter. Species include Deer, Elk, Black Bear, Turkey, Hogs plus a wide variety of other small game and game birds during the hunting season.

IMPORTANT. All care has been taking in preparing this hunting season information for you. Please check the relevant State Authority's Website for further information and any changes to current US Hunting Season Regulations. We have provided a link to each States hunting season website for your convenience.

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Elk Hunting Season
Hog Hunting Season

Michigan Deer and Elk Hunting Season

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2019-2020*

Early Antlerless (Firearms)

Sept 21-22

Liberty Hunt (Youths & Disabled Hunters)

Sept 14-15

Independence Hunt (Disabled Hunters)

Oct 17-20

Regular (Firearms)

Nov 15-30

(Muzzleloader)

Dec 6-22

Bow

Oct 1-Nov 14 & Dec 1-Jan 1

Late Anterless (Firearms)

Dec 23-Jan 1

Elk (Period 1)

Aug 27-30, Sept 13-16 & Sept 27-30

Elk (Period 2)

Dec 14-22

Elk (Period 3)

Jan 15-19

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Michigan Turkey Hunting Season

The Michigan Department Of Natural Resources makes the following comments about turkey hunting season.


"Why a Fall Turkey Season?Managing wild turkeys in Michigan involves the complex interactions of turkey populations, their habitat and their relationship to people. Hunting plays an important role in managing turkeys by regulating their numbers. Fall turkey hunting allows the DNR to stabilize or reduce wild turkey numbers in certain areas of the state to meet local goals based on habitat conditions and public attitudes. To help reach these goals, hunters are encouraged to harvest female turkeys during the fall season and are able to harvest more than one bird.The goal of the spring wild turkey hunting season is to maximize hunter opportunity while maintaining a satisfactory hunting experience. Limited to bearded turkeys only, this conservative harvest approach has allowed the continued growth and expansion of the wild turkey population in Michigan. License quotas are developed to harvest the desired number of turkeys to meet the management goal."

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2019-2020*

Fall Season

Sept 15-Nov 14

Spring 

TBA

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

 Michigan Small Game Hunting Season

A large variety of small to medium sized game can be hunted during the Michigan hunting season.

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2019-2020*

Russian Boar

Open all Year

Gray & Fox Squirrel

Sept 15-March 31

Coyote

Open All Year

Opossum

Open All Year

Porcupine

Open All Year

Cottontail Rabbit & Snowshoe Hare

Sept 15-March 31

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

Michigan Game Bird Hunting Season

Michigan offers the hunter some fine Game Bird and Waterfowl hunting during hunting season

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2019-2020*

Ducks

Sept 28 - Dec 29

Pheasant

Oct 10-Jan 1

Grouse (Ruffed)

Sept 15-Nov 14 & Dec 1-Jan 1

Grouse (Sharp-tailed)

Oct 10-31

Dark Goose (Canada, Brant etc)

Sept 1 - Feb 10

Light Goose (Snow, Blue etc)

Sept 1 - Feb 10

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website. Many Game Birds and Waterfowl season dates vary by zones so please check.

Michigan Black Bear  Hunting Season

The Michigan Department Of Natural Resources makes the following comments about bear hunting season.


"The timing and length of bear hunting seasons varies throughout the state in order to achieve desired harvest levels, while at the same time providing ample recreational hunting opportunities. Additionally, the number of hunters who desire to hunt in a particular region also varies. In general, bear hunter demand is highest in Bear Management Units with a combination of high bear densities and close proximity to higher human populations."

Hunting Category

Hunting Season 2019-2020*

Black Bear (Period 1)

Sept 11 - Oct 21

Black Bear (Period 2)

Sept 16 - Oct 26

Black Bear (Period 3)

Sept 25 - Oct 26

* Season dates may vary by zone. Please check the relevant State Authority Website.

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