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, 2018 and Dec. 1, 2018 - Jan. 1, 2019
  • *Regular Firearm: Nov. 15-30, 2018
  • Muzzleloading:
    • Zone 1: Dec. 7-16, 2018
    • Zone 2: Dec. 7-16, 2018
    • Zone 3: Dec. 7-23, 2018
  • Late Antlerless Firearm: Dec. 17, 2018 - Jan.1, 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. 1

*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.
 


2018 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 5

Leftover Licenses (On sale at 10am)

  • March 12th - Applicants Only
  • March 19th - Over-the-Counter

Elk
Application Period: May 1 - June 1
Drawing Results Posted Online: June 25

Bear
Application Period: May 1 - June 1
Drawing Results Posted Online: June 25

Leftover Licenses (On sale at 10am)

  • July 9th - Lifetime License Holders
  • July 16th - Applicants
  • July 23rd - Over-the-Counter

Fall Wild Turkey
Application Period: July 1 - August 1
Drawing Results Posted Online: August 13

Leftover Licenses (On sale at 10am)

  • August 20th - Applicants Only
  • August 27th - Over-the-Counter

Antlerless Deer
Application Period: July 15 - August 15 (youth licenses available over-the-counter)
Drawing Results Posted Online: September 4
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 10 at 10 a.m.

Reserved Waterfowl
Application Period: August 1 - August 28
Drawing Results Posted Online: September 17

2018 Pure Michigan Hunt
Application Period: March 1 - December 31
Drawing Results Posted Online: ~January 22, 2019