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Michigan Hunting

Everything you need to plan your hunting trips in Michigan, from maps and regulations to season dates, game animals, quotas, and hunting zones. Plus much more! Start your research right here.

Overview

Known For

Michigan is known for its rich, passionate hunting history, especially for whitetail, duck, turkey, and black bear. There are limited opportunities for elk hunting, too.

Terrain

Michigan’s terrain is primarily rolling hills and heavily-forested low mountains in the southernmost part and flatlands interspersed with hills in the northernmost section. On its western edge is Lake Michigan, the third largest of the Great Lakes and the only one entirely within the United States.

Michigan Hunting Seasons

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Season Start Date End Date
Bear
Bear – Zone 1 (Part 1)
BMU: Bergland, Baraga, Amasa, Carney, Gwinn, Newberry, Drummond Island. Bait only hunting from September 9 to September 13.
Sep 7, 2022 Oct 21, 2022
Bear
Bear – Zone 2 (Part 1)
BMU: Red Oak, Baldwin, Gladwin
Sep 11, 2022 Sep 19, 2022
Bear
Bear – Zone 1 (Part 2)
BMU: Bergland, Baraga, Amasa, Carney, Gwinn, Newberry. Both dogs and bait permitted.
Sep 12, 2022 Oct 26, 2022
Bear
Bear – Zone 1 (Part 3)
BMU: Bergland, Baraga, Amasa, Carney, Gwinn, Newberry. Both dogs and bait allowed.
Sep 25, 2022 Oct 26, 2022
Bear
Bear – Zone 2 (Part 2)
BMU: Red Oak, Baldwin, Gladwin
Oct 7, 2022 Oct 13, 2022
Bobcat
Bobcat – Unit D
See regulations for bag limits and other information.
Jan 1, 2023 Feb 1, 2023
Bobcat
Bobcat – Unit H
See regulations for bag limits and other information.
Jan 1, 2023 Jan 11, 2023
Bobcat
Bobcat – Unit G
See regulations for bag limits and other information.
Jan 1, 2023 Jan 20, 2023
Bobcat
Bobcat – Unit A, B, C
See regulations for bag limits and other information.
Jan 1, 2023 Mar 1, 2023
Coyote
Coyote
No limit.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Liberty Hunt
Youth and hunters with disabilities hunt
Sep 10, 2022 Sep 11, 2022
Deer
Deer – Early Antlerless Firearm
Bag limit 1 per kill tag.
Sep 17, 2022 Sep 18, 2022
Deer
Deer – Early Archery
Bag limit 1 per kill tag.
Oct 1, 2022 Nov 14, 2022
Deer
Deer – Independence Hunt
Hunters with disabilities.
Oct 13, 2022 Oct 16, 2022
Deer
Deer – Regular Firearm
Bag limit 1 per kill tag.
Nov 15, 2022 Nov 30, 2022
Deer
Deer – Late Archery
Bag limit 1 per kill tag.
Dec 1, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader
Bag limit 1 per kill tag.
Dec 2, 2022 Dec 11, 2022
Deer
Deer – Late Antlerless Firearm
Bag limit 1 per kill tag.
Dec 12, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Duck
Duck – North (Early)
North Zone. Bag limit 6 per day.
Sep 24, 2022 Nov 20, 2022
Duck
Duck – Middle (Early)
Middle Zone. Bag limit 6 per day.
Oct 8, 2022 Dec 4, 2022
Duck
Duck – South (Early)
South Zone. Bag limit 6 per day.
Oct 15, 2022 Dec 11, 2022
Duck
Duck – North (Late)
North Zone. Bag limit 6 per day.
Nov 26, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Duck
Duck – Middle (Late)
Middle Zone. Bag limit 6 per day.
Dec 17, 2022 Dec 18, 2022
Duck
Duck – South (Late)
South Zone. Bag limit 6 per day.
Dec 31, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Elk
Elk – Unit X (Part 1)
Aug 30, 2022 Sep 2, 2022
Elk
Elk – Unit X (Part 2)
Sep 16, 2022 Sep 19, 2022
Elk
Elk – Unit L (Part 3)
Sep 30, 2022 Oct 3, 2022
Elk
Elk – Unit H, I, X
Dec 10, 2022 Dec 18, 2022
Fox
Fox
No limit.
Oct 15, 2022 Mar 1, 2023
Goose
Goose – Middle Zone (Part 1)
Dark and Light Goose (Canada, Brant, and White-Fronted, Snow, Blue, and Ross’s) Bag limit 5 per day.
Sep 1, 2022 Dec 30, 2022
Goose
Goose – South Zone (Part 1)
Dark and Light Goose (Canada, Brant, and White-Fronted, Snow, Blue, and Ross’s) Bag limit 5 per day.
Sep 1, 2022 Sep 30, 2022
Goose
Goose – North Zone
Dark and Light Goose (Canada, Brant, and White-Fronted, Snow, Blue, and Ross’s) Bag limit 5 per day.
Sep 1, 2022 Dec 16, 2022
Goose
Goose – Middle Zone (Part 2)
Dark and Light Goose (Canada, Brant, and White-Fronted, Snow, Blue, and Ross’s) Bag limit 5 per day.
Oct 8, 2022 Dec 23, 2022
Goose
Goose – South Zone (Part 2)
Dark and Light Goose (Canada, Brant, and White-Fronted, Snow, Blue, and Ross’s) Bag limit 5 per day.
Oct 15, 2022 Dec 11, 2022
Goose
Goose – South Zone (Part 3)
Dark and Light Goose (Canada, Brant, and White-Fronted, Snow, Blue, and Ross’s) Bag limit 5 per day.
Dec 31, 2022 Jan 8, 2023
Goose
Goose – South Zone (Part 4)
Dark and Light Goose (Canada, Brant, and White-Fronted, Snow, Blue, and Ross’s) Bag limit 5 per day.
Feb 4, 2023 Feb 13, 2023
Grouse
Ruffed Grouse – Zone 1-2 (Early)
Ruffed grouse bag limit 5 per day.
Sep 15, 2022 Nov 14, 2022
Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Zone 1. Bag limit 2 per day.
Oct 10, 2022 Oct 31, 2022
Grouse
Ruffed Grouse – Zone 1-2 (Late)
Ruffed grouse bag limit 5 per day.
Dec 1, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Pheasant
Pheasant – Zone 1
Bag limit 2 per day (male only).
Oct 10, 2022 Oct 31, 2022
Pheasant
Pheasant – Zone 2-3
Bag limit 2 per day (male only).
Oct 20, 2022 Nov 14, 2022
Pheasant
Pheasant – December Pheasant Management Unit
Bag limit 2 per day (male only).
Dec 1, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Quail Game Type
Quail
Bag limit 5 per day.
Oct 20, 2022 Nov 14, 2022
Rabbit
Rabbit – Cottontail & Snowshoe Hare
Sep 15, 2022 Mar 31, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Area 2
Hunt Unit: M. Limited license drawing.
Apr 23, 2022 May 31, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Area 3 Part 1
Hunt Unit: E, K. Limited license drawing.
Apr 23, 2022 Apr 29, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Area 1
Hunt Unit: A, B, F, J. Limited license drawing.
Apr 23, 2022 May 6, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Statewide
Guaranteed-license hunt (no application required) except on public lands in Hunt Unit ZZ.
Apr 23, 2022 May 31, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Area 4 Part 1
Hunt Unit: ZA, ZB, ZC, ZD, ZE, ZF. Limited license drawing.
Apr 23, 2022 May 29, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Private Land Only
Hunt Unit: ZZ. Limited license drawing. Is not valid on public lands.
Apr 23, 2022 May 31, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Area 4 Part 2
Hunt Unit: ZA, ZB, ZC, ZD, ZE, ZF. Limited license drawing.
Apr 30, 2022 May 13, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Area 3 Part 2
Hunt Unit: E, K. Limited license drawing.
Apr 30, 2022 May 6, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Area 4 Part 3
Hunt Unit: ZA, ZB, ZC, ZD, ZE, ZF. Limited license drawing.
May 14, 2022 May 31, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring Area 4 Part 4
Hunt Unit: ZA, ZB, ZC, ZD, ZE, ZF. Limited license drawing.
Jun 1, 2022 Jun 7, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall
Hunt Unit: G, GB, GC, J, L, M. T, W, WA, HA, YY. Bag limit 1 tukey either-sex. Limited license drawing.
Sep 15, 2022 Nov 14, 2022

Michigan Licenses, Permits, and Regulations

Michigan hunting licenses, permits, and regulations for resident and non-resident hunters can be purchased on the official website of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Click below to view the website.

Hunting GPS Maps

Every Michigan hunter should have hunting GPS maps on hand. Michigan hunting maps are available from onX Hunt. With a paid membership you can access Satellite, Topo, or Hybrid Basemaps, over which you can view maps of deer hunting zones, along with State, Forest Service, and other public and private property boundaries. You can view trails and roads, and even download maps to the Hunt App for use offline. Click below to get onX Hunt for Michigan.

Hunting Zones

Michigan is divided into Hunting and Trapping Zones 1, 2, and 3. Zone 1 includes all of the Upper Peninsula. In addition to defined hunting zones, there are different hunting zones for waterfowl hunting and limited rifle deer zone. Legal shooting times differ within the state as well because Michigan includes parts of the Eastern Time Zone and Central Time Zone. Click below to view Michigan’s hunting zones in more detail through an interactive map.

Hunting Layers

MI Private Lands Preview

MI Private Lands

Over 4,100,000 parcels mapped by the onX team, this layer helps you know who the property owners are in Michigan. Tap any parcel to learn more info about the owner and acreage.

MI Gov Lands Preview

MI Gov Lands

onX has the most accurate public lands maps with over 9,200,000 acres in Michigan to help you plan your next adventure. Tap any public land parcel to learn more.

SUBLAYERS (7) Expand Sublayers
MI Hunt Mgmt Units Thumbnail

MI Hunt Mgmt Units

Michigan Bear, Bobcat, Deer, Deer Multicounty, Deer Multicounty Regional, and Elk Hunt Management Units. Please hunt responsibly and have a safe legal hunt.

Includes 7 Sublayers

  • Bear Hunt Units
  • Bobcat Hunt Units
  • Deer Mgmt Units (DMUs)
  • DMU Multicounty
  • DMU Multicounty Regional
  • Elk (Sept/Oct) Hunt Units
  • Elk (December) Hunt Units
MI Possible Access Preview

MI Possible Access

onX has mapped 350,000 acres of possible access lands in Michigan including timber companies and land conservation groups. Research rules on these private lands before recreating.

MI Commercial Forest Program Preview

MI Commercial Forest Program

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Commercial Forests. Please hunt responsibly, obey all signage and have a safe legal hunt.

MI Hunting Access Program Preview

MI Hunting Access Program

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Hunting Access Program. All hunters are expected to know the rules of the program. Please hunt responsibly and have a safe legal hunt.

MI Limited Firearm Deer Zone Boundary Preview

MI Limited Firearm Deer Zone Boundary

Michigan Limited Firearm deer hunting boundary. South of this line firearms have more restrictions. Please hunt responsibly, obey all signage and have a safe legal hunt.


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