Major changes and reminders for 2012 Michigan hunting and trapping

Major Changes for 2012

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.