Hunting on National Forest Lands

All state laws apply to National Forest lands; however, additional federal regulations also apply.

Wheeled Motor Vehicle Use: A free Motor Vehicle Use Map that shows designated roads and trails open for motorized travel, including off-road vehicles, is available at Forest Service offices as well as online (see links to National Forest websites below).

  • Leaving equipment unattended for more than 24 hours is prohibited.
  • Cross-country travel off designated routes is prohibited.
  • Driving a motorized vehicle cross-country to blinds or to retrieve game is illegal. Exception: Personal assisted mobility devices.
  • Both state and federal laws governing off-road vehicle use must be followed.

Camping: Camping in developed recreation areas is limited to 14 consecutive days, and camping in dispersed areas is limited to 16 consecutive days.

Don't forget:

  • Leaving camping equipment unattended for more than 24 hours in a developed recreation area is prohibited.
  • Campfires must be attended at all times and extinguished completely when you leave.
  • Campers/trailers on National Forest land must be properly licensed or registered.

Blinds: The Michigan law regarding hunting blinds, tree stands, and raised platforms applies on National Forest lands. Failure to remove ANY type of blind, structure, equipment or trash will result in a fine and removal, destruction, impoundment and/or seizure of any abandoned or illegally placed item.

  • Cutting of branches or limbs for shooting lanes or to construct blinds is prohibited.

Additional Information:

  • Constructing or maintaining any food plot or any artificial garden to attract wildlife is prohibited.
  • Blocking gates or road access is prohibited.
  • Dragging forest roads is prohibited.
  • Discharging a weapon within 150 yards of a building, campsite or occupied area or across or on a National Forest road or body of water is prohibited.
  • Guiding on National Forest land requires a federal special use permit.

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