Season Dates for All Species
There is an open hunting season at all times on public and private land from August 1st through March 31st every year. Hunters could be encountered in the woods on public lands during these months.
Fur Harvester Information (includes Muskrat, Mink, Raccoon, Fox, Bobcat, Badger, Fisher/Marten, Beaver, Otter, and Coyote): See the Michigan Fur Harvester 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 (Hunting Digest):
- Liberty Hunt: September 11-12, 2021
- Youth and Hunters With Disabilities Hunt
- Early Antlerless Firearm: Sept. 18-19, 2021
- Independence Hunt: Oct. 14-17, 2021
- Hunters With Disabilities Hunt
- Archery: Oct. 1 - Nov. 14 and Dec. 1 - Jan. 1
- Extended Archery - Urban Deer Management Zone of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties: Open through January 31.
- Regular Firearm: Nov. 15-30
- Zone 1: Dec. 3-12, 2021
- Zone 2: Dec. 3-12, 2021
- Zone 3: Dec. 3-12, 2021
- Late Antlerless Firearm:
- Dec. 13, 2021 - Jan.1, 2022
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
- Spring Season: Apr. 17 through June 7, 2021 (see Spring Turkey Digest for applicable units)
Woodcock: Sept. 15 - Oct. 29, 2021
Opossum, porcupine, weasel, red squirrel, skunk, ground squirrel, woodchuck, Russian boar, feral pigeons, starling and house sparrows may be taken year-round with a valid Michigan hunting license.