Season Dates for All Species

Note: Seasons marked with an * indicate the season dates are the same each year.

Fur Harvester Information (includes Muskrat, Mink, Raccoon, Fox, Bobcat, Badger, Fisher/Marten, Beaver, Otter, and Coyote): See page 6 of the Michigan Hunting and Trapping Digest.

Bear: See season dates in the Michigan Bear Hunting Digest

*Cottontail Rabbit and Snowshoe Hare: Sept. 15 - Mar. 31

*Crow: Aug. 1 - Sept. 30 and Feb. 1 - Mar. 31

Deer:

  • Early Antlerless Firearm: Sept. 21-22, 2019
  • Liberty Hunt: Sept. 21-22, 2019
    • Youth and Hunters With Disabilities Hunt
  • Independence Hunt: Oct. 17-20, 2019
    • Hunters With Disabilities Hunt
  • *Archery: Oct. 1 - Nov. 14, 2019 and Dec. 1, 2019 - Jan. 1, 2020
    • Extended Archery - Urban Deer Management Zone of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties: Open through January 31, 2019. 
  • *Regular Firearm: Nov. 15-30, 2019
  • Muzzleloading:
    • Zone 1: Dec. 6-15, 2019
    • Zone 2: Dec. 6-15, 2019
    • Zone 3: Dec. 6-22, 2019
  • Late Antlerless Firearm:
    • Dec. 23, 2019 - Jan.1, 2020
    • South of M32 in Alpena County, private land only, Jan. 3-6 and Jan. 10-13, 2019

Elk: See season dates in the Michigan Elk Hunting Digest

*Pheasant (male only):

  • Zone 1 (partial): Oct. 10-31
  • Zone 2, 3: Oct. 20 - Nov. 14
  • Zone 3 (partial): Dec. 1 - Jan. 1

*Quail: Oct. 20 - Nov. 14

*Ruffed Grouse: Sept. 15 - Nov. 14 and Dec. 1 - Jan. 1

*Sharp-tailed Grouse: Oct. 10-31

*Squirrel - Fox and Gray (black phase included): Sept. 15 - Mar. 31

*Waterfowl: See season dates section in the Waterfowl Hunting Digest

Wild Turkey

Woodcock: Sept. 22 - Nov. 5, 2018

*Opossumporcupineweasel, red squirrelskunkground squirrelwoodchuckferal swineferal pigeonsstarling and house sparrows may be taken year-round with a valid Michigan hunting license.

Note:

An * indicates that it is highly recommended that the Michigan Hunting and Trapping Digest, or other species-specific hunting digests be consulted for a more complete list of dates and regulations regarding each hunt period.
 


2019 Limited-License Hunt Calendar

Drawing Results are posted online only. Applicants will not be notified by mail.
 

Spring Wild Turkey
Application Period: January 1 - February 1
Drawing Results Posted Online: March 4

Leftover Licenses (On sale at 10am)

  • March 11th - Applicants Only
  • March 18th - Over-the-Counter

Elk
Application Period: May 1 - June 1
Drawing Results Posted Online: June 24

Bear
Application Period: May 1 - June 1
Drawing Results Posted Online: June 24

Leftover Licenses (On sale at 10am)

  • July 8th - Lifetime License Holders
  • July 15th - Applicants
  • July 22rd - Over-the-Counter

Fall Wild Turkey
Application Period: July 1 - August 1
Drawing Results Posted Online: August 19

Leftover Licenses (On sale at 10am)

  • August 26th - Applicants Only
  • September 3rd - Over-the-Counter

Antlerless Deer
Application Period: July 15 - August 15 (youth licenses available over-the-counter)
Drawing Results Posted Online: September 3
Note: Hunters may apply for one public land OR one private land license. If licenses remain after the drawing, they will be sold until the quota is met in each DMU beginning September 9 at 10 a.m.

Reserved Waterfowl
Application Period: August 1 - August 28
Drawing Results Posted Online: September 16

2019 Pure Michigan Hunt
Application Period: March 1 - December 31
Drawing Results Posted Online: ~January 21, 2020