Hunting Season Calendar

View a calendar of all hunting-related events taking place throughout the year (i.e. special events and activities).

Note: Seasons marked with an * indicate the season dates are the same each year.

Fur Harvester Information (includes Muskrat, Mink, Raccoon, Fox, Bobcat, Badger, Fisher/Marten, Beaver, Otter, and Coyote): See page 6 of the Michigan Hunting and Trapping Digest.

Bear: See page 11 of the Michigan Bear Hunting Digest

*Cottontail Rabbit and Snowshoe Hare: Sept. 15 - Mar. 31

*Crow: Aug. 1 - Sept. 30 and Feb. 1 - Mar. 31


  • Early Antlerless Firearm: Sept. 17-18, 2016
  • Liberty Hunt: Sept. 17-18, 2016
  • Independence Hunt: Oct. 13-16, 2016
  • Archery: Oct. 1 - Nov. 14 and Dec. 1 - Jan. 1
  • Regular Firearm: Nov. 15-30
  • Muzzleloading:
  • Late Antlerless Firearm: Dec. 21, 2015 - Jan.1, 2016

Elk: See page 11 of the Michigan Elk Hunting Digest

*Goose (Early):

  • Zone 1, and Saginaw, Tuscola, & Huron Counties: Sept. 1-10
  • Zone 2, 3: Sept. 1-15

*Pheasant (male only):

*Quail: Oct. 20 - Nov. 14

*Ruffed Grouse: Sept. 15 - Nov. 14 and Dec. 1 - Jan. 1

*Sharp-tailed Grouse: Oct. 10-31

*Squirrel - Fox and Gray (black phase included): Sept. 15 - Mar. 1

*Waterfowl: See page 6 of the Waterfowl Hunting Digest

Wild Turkey

Woodcock: Sept. 24 - Nov. 7, 2016

*Opossum, porcupine, weasel, red squirrel, skunk, ground squirrel, woodchuck, feral swine, feral pigeons, starling and house sparrows may be taken year-round with a valid Michigan hunting license.

*It is highly recommended that the 2014 Michigan Hunting and Trapping Digest, or other species-specific hunting digests be consulted for a more complete list of dates and regulations regarding each hunt period.

2015 Limited-License Hunt Calendar

Drawing Results are posted online only. Applicants will not be notified by mail.

Spring Wild Turkey
Application Period: January 1 - February 1
Drawing Results Posted Online: March 2

Leftover Licenses (On sale at 10am)

  • March 9th - Applicants Only
  • March 16th - Over-the-Counter

Application Period: May 1 - June 1
Drawing Results Posted Online: June 29

Application Period: May 1 - June 1
Drawing Results Posted Online: June 29

Leftover Licenses (On sale at 10am)

  • July 6th - Lifetime License Holders
  • July 13th - Applicants
  • July 20th - Over-the-Counter

Fall Wild Turkey
Application Period: July 1 - August 1
Drawing Results Posted Online: August 10

Leftover Licenses (On sale at 10am)

  • August 17th - Applicants Only
  • August 24th - Over-the-Counter

Antlerless Deer
Application Period: July 15 - August 15 (youth licenses available over-the-counter)
Drawing Results Posted Online: September 2
Note: Hunters may apply for one public land OR one private land license. If licenses remain after the drawing, they will be sold until the quota is met in each DMU beginning September 9 at 10 a.m.

Reserved Waterfowl
Application Period: August 1 - August 28
Drawing Results Posted Online: September 17

2015 Pure Michigan Hunt
Application Period: March 1 - December 31
Drawing Results Posted Online: January 26

Important Reminders for Hunt Applications

  • It is your responsibility to apply correctly. Obtain a legible receipt when you purchase your application. Verify ALL receipt information at the time of purchase, including your ID and hunt selection. Retain receipt as proof of application.
  • Review the species hunting guide carefully before applying. Complete the worksheet in the guide; you will need this information to apply.
  • Printed hunting guides may be obtained at any license agent or DNR Customer Service Center.
  • For application assistance, contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-WILD (9453).

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