Field Dog Trials
Private Lands Field Dog Trial Application and Permit (PDF)
This application and permit is required prior to conducting a field dog trial during the closed season on private land in Michigan. The closed season is April 17th - July 8th.
Field Dog Trial Application and Permit for Designated State Owned Trial Areas (PDF)
This field trial application must be submitted before a permit will be issued for use of any field trial area in the following locations: Ionia Recreation Area, Highland Recreation Area, Holly Recreation Area, Sharonville Game Area, Lapeer Game Area, and Gladwin Field Trial Area.
Note: From July 8th till April 16th you can train or run dogs on State Game Areas or Wildlife Areas and can shoot non-native birds (excluding pheasants) such as pigeons, chukars, Tennessee reds, or other non-natives as long as they do not look significantly similar to our native game birds. In the past we have been asked if it is okay to use Wisconsin Jumbo Quail but they look too closely like a bobwhite to be called a non-native bird.
During the closed dog training season (April 17th - July 7th) you cannot train on State Game Areas or Wildlife Areas. This is to protect nesting birds. Running your dog off lead also is not allowed. You can however, train and run your dogs at the Designated Field Trial Areas: Ionia, Highland, Sharonville, Lapeer, and Holly during the closed season. Persons using the state designated field trial areas to train without a field trial permit may only use a starter pistol
Note: Field trials on designated field trial areas require a permit. If you need more information regarding dog training or field trials, please contact the Wildlife Division Permit Specialist at 517-284-6210.
Designated Field Trial Area Rules