Dog Training

Fox Hound Training - Application And Permit (PDF)
Michigan residents may train dogs on fox on state lands in Zone 3 (southern Lower Peninsula) during the closed season for dog training (April 16 through July 8) with written authorization from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

Special Dog Training Area - Application and Permit (PDF)
This application and permit is required to train dogs on private land during the closed season from April 16 through July 8. 

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: Highland, Holly, Ionia, Sharonville, and Lapeer 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.