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Deer

Season Information

Antlerless deer hunting access permit application period (mid-UP DMUs only) : Jul. 15 - Aug. 15
Reserved deer hunt permit application period: Jul. 15 - Aug. 15
Drawing Results Available Online: August 30

Season dates

Hunting regulations

Wildlife Conservation Order Thumbnail

Complete rules and regulations notice

Please see the Hunting Digest for information, and rules and regulations pertaining to deer hunting. For a full list of regulations and legal descriptions see the Wildlife Conservation Order.

Deer Management Units Interactive 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.

Antlerless information

New for 2021: a universal antlerless deer license entitles residents and nonresidents, to take an antlerless deer on public or private land in any deer management unit open to antlerless deer hunting. No application is needed to purchase a universal antlerless deer license. Hunters of any age may purchase universal antlerless deer licenses, including youth hunters licensed under the Mentored Youth Hunting program. See page 47 of the 2021 Hunting Digest for further details.

For more information on antlerless deer hunting in the Upper Peninsula, including quota information, see the 2021 Hunting Digest, pages 60-61.

Drawing results and leftover licenses

Deer management

Deer Management Plan

Deer Management Plan

Deer Management Unit Info

Deer management unit info

NLP Deer PLAN Grants

NLP Deer PLAN Grants

UP Deer Abundance Factors

UP deer abundance factors

UP Deer Habitat Improvement Grants

UP Deer Habitat Improvement Grants

White-tailed deer genetic resources

Deer genetic resources