Major changes and reminders for 2012 Michigan hunting and trapping
Major Changes for 2012
- A new Mentored Youth Hunting Program allows youth hunters 9 years old and younger to hunt with a mentor. See Rules for Young Hunters (Up to 16 Years of Age).
- Deer and elk baiting is prohibited in Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, and Oscoda counties, and within the townships of Oscoda, Plainfield, Wilber, AuSable and Baldwin in Iosco county. See Rules for Baiting and Feeding Deer.
- The season purchase limit for private-land antlerless deer licenses is five statewide except in DMU 486 and DMU 487, where the limit is 10. See the 2012 Antlerless Deer Hunting Digest.
- Opportunities for hunting on private lands have expanded. See the Hunting Access Program, Commercial Forest (CF) Lands, and Hunters Helping Landowners program.
- The youth early antlerless firearm season has been eliminated.
- The early antlerless firearm and youth and 100 percent disabled veterans hunt are on the same weekend. See Special Deer Seasons and Hunts.
- Commercial guiding on National Forest land requires a federal special use permit. See Hunting on National Lands.
- In 2012, we proudly observe 75 years of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration programs and the success of working through partnerships to conserve and manage fish and wildlife and their habitats for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations. See it in the press.
Reminders for 2012
- Apply for the Pure Michigan Hunt. Hunters may apply as often as they wish for this unique multi-species hunting opportunity that will allow three lucky individuals to hunt for elk, bear, spring and fall wild turkey, and more. See Pure Michigan Hunt.
- There is no minimum age for hunting in Michigan. For expanded youth hunting opportunities, see Rules for Young Hunters (Up to 16 Years of Age)
- All commercial hunting guides using state-owned lands must receive written authorization. Commercial Hunting Guides on Public Land.
- The marten/fisher bag limit has been reduced to a one-animal combined bag limit (one fisher OR one marten).
- The entire skull must be submitted for all registered furbearing species including marten, fisher, bobcat and otter. See Furbearer Registraion.
- Feral swine can be taken all year on private land with permission and on public land with any valid hunting license or a concealed pistol license. See Control of Certain Nuisance Species.
- A combination or firearm deer license is valid for an antlerless deer in DMU 487 during the firearm or muzzleloading season. See the 2012 Antlerless Deer Hunting Digest.
- Importation of hunter-harvested deer, elk or moose carcasses from select states and Canadian provinces into Michigan is prohibited. See Hunters Importing Deer, Elk, or Moose.