Department of Natural Resources
What is the Pure Michigan Hunt? The Pure Michigan Hunt (PMH) is a unique multi-species hunting opportunity. Individuals apply as many times as they like, and the winner will obtain licenses for the following species: one any-elk (only Michigan residents are eligible to obtain the elk license), one bear, one spring turkey, one fall turkey and one antlerless deer and one base license. In addition, the winner may have first pick at a hunting location at a managed waterfowl area during the reserved hunt period. All licenses must be purchased in the award year.
Why do I have to enter my Driver's License number to apply? Driver's License numbers are required when applying for the Pure Michigan Hunt because it is still considered a hunting license application and not a lottery. The Pure Michigan Hunt allows individuals to have a chance to purchase their hunting licenses. Individuals who are under a court-ordered license revocation cannot win the Pure Michigan Hunt.
What do you win besides licenses? Besides all of the limited access licenses, three winners will receive a prize package from Michigan companies and organizations. The prize package will vary from year to year based on what donations are received.
How do I apply? Individuals may purchase $5 PMH applications, license code 300, at all license agent locations or on the DNR's E-license website. PMH application purchases are unlimited, so you can enter as many times as you wish to be entered into the drawing. Application fees are non-refundable.
Who can apply? You must be at least 10 years old, have completed hunter safety training, and cannot be under a court-ordered license revocation. Non-residents may apply, but only Michigan residents are eligible to obtain the elk license. Individuals who are ineligible for an elk license because of previous drawing success are still eligible for the PMH.
Can you purchase PMH applications for other people? Yes. You can either use their driver's license or sportcard number to make the purchase, or you can purchase with your driver's license or sportcard, and if selected as the winner, you can transfer your prizes and licenses to a person of your choosing (see transfer information below).
When can I apply, and when will the winners be announced? Applications are available March 1 until Dec. 31, with drawing results announced in January. Three individuals will be chosen at random.
May I still apply for other hunts? Yes. Applying for the PMH does not affect your eligibility to apply for or purchase other hunting licenses. Winning the PMH drawing does not cause an individual to forfeit any preference points or weighted advantage for any other limited hunt.
If I win, what seasons can I hunt? Licenses are good for any and all areas of the state open for that species during all hunt periods. For antlerless deer hunting, you could hunt in any unit open for antlerless deer hunting and within the dates open for antlerless deer hunting. For bear, you could hunt in any unit open for bear hunting and within the dates open for bear hunting, except a PMH winner cannot hunt on Drummond Island. For turkey, you could hunt in any unit open for turkey hunting and within the dates open for turkey hunting. For elk, you could hunt every season until you are successful; e.g., if you hunted in the first period for an elk but were not successful, you can now move to the second period, etc.
Can I transfer Pure Michigan Hunt licenses to someone else? Yes. The department has created a hunt transfer program for the Pure Michigan Hunt. PMH winners are able to transfer their opportunity to purchase some of their PMH licenses (retaining some licenses for themselves), or transfer the entire PMH hunting package, including base license to any other individual who meets the PMH applicant criteria. Winners may transfer licenses or the entire PMH package to any individual who satisfies eligibility requirements established for PMH applicants, and are eligible to purchase licenses for the hunts being transferred.
Where does the money go that is generated from the PMH? The money goes directly to pay for wildlife habitat management and restoration in Michigan. To find out more about what your hunting license and applications dollars are accomplishing, see the Wildlife Division's annual reports.