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Deer

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Deer

NEW - mandatory harvest reporting

Beginning this year, deer hunters are required to report their harvest within 72 hours and before transferring possession of the deer.

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Season information

July 15 - Aug. 15: Antlerless deer hunting access permit application period (mid-UP DMUs only)
July 15 - Aug. 15: Reserved deer hunt permit application period
Oct. 1 - Nov. 14: Archery season
Nov. 15 - 30: Regular firearm season
See all hunting season dates

Buy a license/apply for drawings

Rules and regulations

Use the Hunting Digest to find license info, hunting zones and hours, rules, regulations and more. For a full list of regulations and legal descriptions see the Wildlife Conservation Order.

Read the Hunting Digest (PDF)

Deer management units map

Deer Management Units are defined geographical areas that break the state up into smaller pieces, allowing us to make strategic management decisions concerning Michigan’s deer herd based on habitat and other considerations, such as land ownership and weather conditions in each area.

Additionally, DMUs serve as boundaries for hunters who take part in various deer hunts throughout the season.

Map of deer management units

Antlerless deer information

A universal antlerless deer license entitles hunter to take an antlerless deer on public or private land in any deer management unit open to antlerless deer hunting in all deer seasons. No application is needed. Hunters of any age may purchase universal antlerless deer licenses, including youth. For more information on antlerless hunting in the Upper Peninsula, antlerless deer harvest is restricted in new DMUs 351 and 352 (see page 60-61 of the Hunting Digest).

Drawing results and leftover licenses
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