Special Deer Seasons and Hunts
2012 Special Antlerless Deer Seasons
Firearm antlerless deer hunts will take place in some Lower Peninsula DMUs on the
Early Antlerless Deer Season: September 22 - 23, 2012
Late Antlerless Deer Season: December 17, 2012 - January 1, 2013
Refer to the 2012 Early and Late Season Firearm Antlerless Deer Hunting Units map for the DMUs included in the early and late antlerless deer seasons. Hunters must
possess a private-land antlerless deer license issued for the DMU upon which they are
hunting, or a Deer Management Assistance (DMA) permit valid for that DMU for the early
and late antlerless seasons. A deer kill tag issued under the mentored youth license must
be used for an antlerless deer during the antlerless-only seasons.
Firearm, combination, archery and junior archery deer licenses are not valid for any
of the above seasons. All hunters are required to wear hunter orange and must have
permission from the landowner or leaseholder before hunting on private land. The
telephone number of the private landowner is required to acquire a private-land antlerless
deer license. Also see section below, "Firearm Hunting Rules for Youth Hunters."
Youth and 100 Percent Disabled Veteran Firearm Deer Hunting Days
A youth and 100 percent disabled veteran firearm deer hunt will take place on all lands
in Michigan September 22-23, 2012. Youth 16 years of age or younger may participate
in this special hunt. Hunters under the age of 10 must be licensed through the Mentored
Youth Hunting Program and accompanied by a qualified mentor. Also see section below,
"Firearm Hunting Rules for Youth Hunters." For youth 10 to 16 years of age and qualified
veterans with disabilities, valid licenses include a combination, firearm or antlerless deer
license. During this two-day hunt only, a firearm or combination license may be used for
an antlered or antlerless deer. A Deer Management Assistance (DMA) permit may also
be used to take one antlerless deer only, if issued for the area/land upon which hunting.
Archery and junior archery deer licenses are not valid for this hunt. The bag limit for this
season is one deer.
A veteran who has been determined to have a 100 percent disability or is rated as
individually unemployable by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs may participate in
this hunt. Documentation from the Veterans Administration shall be in the possession of
a veteran participating in this hunt.
All hunters are required to wear hunter orange and must have permission from the
landowner or leaseholder before hunting on private land. The telephone number of the
private landowner is required to acquire a private-land antlerless deer license.
Firearm Hunting Rules for Youth Hunters
The following restrictions apply to youth hunters during any firearm deer season:
Youth under 14 years of age may hunt with archery and crossbow equipment on
public or private lands or with a firearm on private or Commercial Forest lands only.<
A public-land antlerless deer license is required to hunt antlerless deer on
Commercial Forest land.
All hunters under age 17 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or someone
designated by their parent or guardian; additional qualifications apply with the
apprentice or mentored youth licenses.
All hunters participating in a firearm season must wear hunter orange.
Apprentice Hunting License
A person who does not have a hunter safety certificate and is 10 years of age or older
may purchase an apprentice hunting license. An apprentice hunter may purchase this
license for two license years before he or she must successfully complete a hunter safety
course. The apprentice hunting license is available to residents and nonresidents.
When afield, an apprentice hunter must be accompanied by someone 21 or older who
possesses a regular current-year hunting license for the same game as the apprentice.
For apprentices between ages 10-16, the accompanying hunter must be the apprentice's
parent, guardian, or someone designated by the parent or guardian. "Accompanied
by" requires the accompanying hunter to be able to come to the immediate aid of the
apprentice and stay within a distance that permits uninterrupted, unaided visual and verbal
For hunting antlerless deer, the accompanying hunter needs a 2012 deer hunting
license that is valid sometime within the 2012 deer hunting season. A person may
accompany no more than two apprentice hunters while hunting.
Mentored Youth Hunting Program
New! The Mentored Youth Hunting Program allows youth hunters nine years old and
younger to hunt deer, turkey and small game, trap furbearers and fish for all species
with a qualified youth mentor who is 21 years old. The mentored youth license is a
"package" license that entitles the youth to hunt, trap and fish for the species listed above
during all open seasons for the species. Additional restrictions apply; complete program
details can be found in the Michigan Hunting and Trapping Digest, or online at www.
A deer kill tag issued under the mentored youth license is valid for any deer in any
deer management unit, except during antlerless-only seasons when only an antlerless
deer may be taken.