Department of Natural Resources
With more than 43,000 acres of public forest land, the area surrounding Alpena, Michigan is a hunter’s paradise. Popular game species include whitetail deer, black bear, rabbit/hare, turkey, duck, geese, and upland bird. Sometimes referred to as “Big Camp Country,” Northeast Michigan carries a long tradition of passing down harvest traditions for multiple generations.
The Gaylord area has the well-deserved reputation as a hunting hotspot. Our central location, abundance of state land, active DNR Office and well-informed local merchants will only enhance your experience. Whitetail deer, small game, ducks and geese are popular game and acre upon acre of state land, especially in the Pigeon River Country State Forest, leaves room for everyone.
Michigan white-tailed deer hunting comes in several flavors, and two of the tastiest and most fruitful are features found in the Great Lakes Bay Region. This deer-generous region straddles the shift from southern Michigan farmlands to northern Michigan forests, where mature hardwoods and young-growth softwoods rule.
There is something for every type of hunter in Manistee County. Between big game, small game and waterfowl, our region is rich with wildlife. There's an abundance of public hunting land that stretches across Manistee County, including the Manistee National Forest and private land options through the Hunting Access Program. Join us for your next hunting adventure!
Make Sault Ste. Marie your base camp for an Eastern Upper Peninsula hunting excursion that is unlike anywhere else in Michigan. From the Soo you’ll be able to try your luck hunting deer, bear, turkey, waterfowl, and an assortment of small game including ruffled-grouse and the hard-to-find sharp-tailed grouse. Make sure you have your licenses and gear and try out the hunting up here.
The locations listed on this page are Michigan convention and visitor bureaus (CVBs) that are part of a partnership program with the DNR. If you are interested in joining the program, please contact the DNR Marketing Manager for more information.