Small Game Hunting

  • Select a species:

    Coyote
    Crow
    Pheasant
    Quail
    Rabbit and Hare
    Ruffed Grouse
    Sharp-tailed Grouse
    Squirrel
    Waterfowl
    Woodcock
    Year-round, No Limit

    Licenses required to hunt small game:

    • Base License
    • Woodcock requires a free HIP endorsement
    • Sharp-tailed grouse requires a free sharp-tailed grouse stamp


Michigan Coyote Hunting

  • Coyote

    Season Dates

    Bag Limit: No Limit

    Note: The use of .269 caliber or smaller for the take of coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and opossums at night is permitted. Nighttime take with centerfire rifles is prohibited on all state parks and recreation areas statewide, and all state game areas within the limited firearm deer zone.

    Surveys and Reports
    About Coyotes
    About MI Coyotes


Michigan Crow Hunting


Michigan Pheasant Hunting (Male Only)


Michigan Quail (Bobwhite) Hunting


  • Notes: Quail may be harvested only by field trial participants in the Highland and Ionia Recreation Area field trial areas on days with authorized field trials. Contact the area headquarters for field trial dates.


Michigan Rabbit (Cottontail) and Snowshoe Hare Hunting


Michigan Ruffed Grouse Hunting


Michigan Sharp-tailed Grouse Hunting


Michigan Squirrel Hunting


Michigan Woodcock Hunting

  • American Woodcock

    Season Dates: Sept 23 - Nov 6, 2017
    USFWS framework stipulates the season can start no earlier
    than the Saturday closest to September 22.

    Bag Limit: 3 (daily), 9 (possession)


    Notes: Shotguns must be plugged so they are capable of holding no more than three shells. All woodcock hunters must obtain a free woodcock stamp in addition to a valid base license, available from all license agents or online. The woodcock stamp includes registration with the federal Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP). A current-year HIP endorsement must be carried when hunting migratory birds. Hunters can promote sound woodcock management by promptly reporting all banded birds harvested, including date and location taken. To report bands, go online to www.reportband.gov, or call 800-327-BAND.


Michigan Year-round With No Limit Hunting

  • Opossum

    Coyote, Opossum, Porcupine, Weasel, Red Squirrel,
    Skunk, Ground Squirrel, Woodchuck, Feral Swine,
    Feral Pigeons, Starlings, and House Sparrows

    Season Dates: Year-round

    Bag Limit: No Limit


    Notes:
    Please see Chapter VII of the Wildlife Conservation Order for more information on hunting State Parks and Recreation Areas.