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New Hunting License Structure Chart

As of March 1, 2014, hunting licenses have changed. The new structure creates a simpler, and more fair and efficient license buying process.

Revenue generated will create better recreational opportunities throughout the state. See What You Get: More Bang for Your Buck for more details on these improvements.

A base license is now required for every resident or non-resident who hunts in Michigan, unless otherwise noted. The base license allows hunters to hunt small game and also purchase additional hunting licenses.

Below are the new hunting licenses and prices.

Hunting LicensesPrevious
Price
New
Price
Base Junior
^$6.00
Base Resident
^$11.00
Base Nonresident
^$151.00
Base Senior
^$5.00
Antlerless Deer
$15.00
$20.00
Antlerless Deer Junior
$15.00
$20.00
Antlerless Deer Managed Area Hunts
$15.00
$20.00
*Applications
$4.00
$5.00
Bear
$15.00
$25.00
Bear Participation
$15.00
$15.00
Hunt/Fish Combo Nonresident (includes base, deer combo and fishing)
^$266.00
Hunt/Fish Combo Resident (includes base, deer combo and fishing)
^$76.00
Hunt/Fish Combo Senior (includes base, deer combo and fishing)
^$43.00
Deer Resident
$15.00
$20.00
Deer Combo Resident
$30.00
$40.00
Deer Nonresident
$138.00
$20.00
Deer Combo Nonresident
$276.00
$190.00
Deer Senior
$6.00
$8.00
Deer Combo Senior
$12.00
$28.00
*Deer Management Assistance Permits
$15.00
$10.00
Elk (Michigan residents only)
$100.00
$100.00
Fur Harvester
$15.00
$15.00
Fur Harvester Senior
$6.00
$6.00
Harvest Tags
*Mentored Youth
$7.50
$7.50
Military (Active duty and 100% disabled veterans)
$1.00
+$0
*Small Game 7 Day Nonresident
$80.00
*Sportcard
$1.00
$1.00
Survey Tags
Turkey Fall
$15.00
$15.00
Turkey Fall Senior
$6.00
$6.00
Turkey Spring
$15.00
$15.00
Turkey Spring Senior
$6.00
$6.00
Waterfowl Hunting
$5.00
$12.00
Wolf Nonresident
$500.00
$500.00
Wolf Resident
$100.00
$100.00

* Items do NOT require a base license

^ Items include a $1 surcharge. Revenue generated from these funds will be used to educate the public on the benefits of hunting, fishing and trapping in Michigan, and the impact of these activities on the conservation, preservation and management of the state's natural resources in accordance with statute.

+For Michigan residents who are veterans with 100-percent disability or active-duty military, fees are waived for hunting and fishing licenses not obtained through a lottery. Military Personnel Discount (Active Duty Status):

  • US military members who are currently federal active duty status.
  • Qualifying customers must provide proof of military status at the time of purchase as well as while afield and be able to present proof upon request by a conservation officer, a tribal officer, or any other law enforcement officer. Proof of military status may include military ID, leave papers, duty papers, military orders, or other evidence verifying the applicant is a member of the military and has been called to federal active duty.
    1. Michigan residents who are currently in federal active duty status may obtain hunting and fishing licenses, for which a lottery is not required, free of charge.
    2. Non-residents who are in federal active duty status and currently stationed in Michigan are eligible to receive resident pricing on hunting and fishing licenses.
  • DNR will perform random audits to verify this information.
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