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Wildlife Conservation Orders (Updated 4/11/2014)


To view the entire Wildlife Conservation Order on a single web page (HTML), click here.

The chapters below are provided as Adobe PDFs. Download the PDF reader here.


  1. Title and Definitions

  2. General Hunting and Trapping Regulations

  3. Species Regulations

    • Elk 3.1
    • Deer - Firearm, Baiting, Bait 3.100
    • Deer & Elk Feeding 3.100a
    • Deer Seasons & Management Units 3.101
    • Bear 3.200
    • Turkey 3.300
    • Waterfowl/Migratory Birds 3.400
    • Pheasant 3.501
    • Ruffed Grouse 3.502
    • Sharptailed Grouse 3.503
    • Quail 3.504
    • Rabbits & Hares 3.505
    • Woodchucks 3.506
    • Squirrels 3.507
    • Fur-Bearing Animals 3.600
      • Skunks 3.604 hunting
      • Raccoon 3.605 hunting
      • Muskrat, Mink, Raccoon 3.606 trapping
      • Beaver & Otter 3.607
      • Bobcat 3.608
      • Fox Hunting & Trapping, Coyote Trapping 3.609

    • Use of Snares
      • Coyote Hunting 3.610
      • Badger 3.611
      • Fisher 3.620
      • Live Traps 3.621
      • Seal/Taxidermist 3.622
      • Marten 3.630

  4. Possession, Importation and Sale

    • Possession 4.1
    • Importation 4.2
    • Buying & Selling 4.3
    • Commercial Processing 4.4
    • Road-Killed Animals 4.5

  5. Special Permit Regulations

    • Importation Permits 5.2
    • Importation Restrictions 5.5 
    • Highway Killed Deer or Bear 5.10
    • Scientific Collector's Permit 5.20
    • Taxidermy Permit 5.30
    • Deer Damage Shooting Permit 5.40
    • Nuisance Animal Control Permit 5.50
    • Ferrets 5.60
    • Wildlife Rehabilitation Permits 5.70
    • Disease Control Permit 5.76
    • Deer Management Assistance (DMA) Permit 5.80
    • Crossbow Permit 5.95
    • Special Permits & Fees 5.110
    • Liability 5.120

  6. Hunting with Dogs

  7. State Parks and Recreation Areas

  8. Sanctuaries, Refuges and Closures

  9. Protected and Unprotected Animals

    • Certain Species 9.1
    • Protected Animals 9.3
    • Carnivorous Animals 9.4

  10. Falconry

  11. Public Exhibition of Animals

  12. Management Areas Defined

    • Deer 12.1
    • Elk 12.500
    • Bear 12.550
    • Spring Turkey 12.602
    • Southern Lower Peninsula 12.641
    • Fall Turkey 12.650
    • Goose (So. Michigan) 12.700
    • Pheasant 12.750
    • Sharptailed Grouse 12.751
    • Bobcat 12.806a
    • Fisher 12.807
    • Badger 12.809
    • CWD Surveillance Zone 12.900
    • Pure Michigan Hunt Unit 12.999
    • Wolf Management Unit 12.1000

  13. Managed State Game and Wildlife Areas

  14. Dog Training

  15. Field Dog Trials

The chapters above are provided as Adobe PDFs. Download the PDF reader here.

To view the entire Wildlife Conservation Order on a single web page (HTML), click here.

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