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Hunting season calendar

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, statewide

Crow: Aug. 1 - Sept. 30 and Feb. 1 - Mar. 31

Deer (Hunting Digest):

  • Liberty Hunt: September 10-11, 2022
    • Youth and Hunters With Disabilities Hunt
  • Early Antlerless Firearm: Sept. 17-18, 2022
  • Independence Hunt: Oct. 13-16, 2022
    • Hunters With Disabilities Hunt
  • Archery: Oct. 1 - Nov. 14 and Dec. 1 - Jan. 1, 2023
  • Regular Firearm: Nov. 15-30
  • Muzzleloading:
    • Zone 1: Dec. 2-11, 2022
    • Zone 2: Dec. 2-11, 2022
    • Zone 3: Dec. 2-11, 2022
  • Late Antlerless Firearm:
    • Dec. 12, 2022 - Jan.1, 2023

Elk: See season dates in the Michigan Elk Hunting Digest

Pheasant (male only):

  • Zone 1 (male only)
    • Oct. 10 - Oct. 31
  • Zone 2, 3 (male only)
    • Oct. 20 - Nov. 14
  • Zone 1 portions open to hunting (either sex)
    • Oct. 10 - Oct. 31
  • Zone 2, 3 portions open to hunting (either sex)
    • Oct. 20 - Feb. 28
  • December Pheasant Management Unit
    •  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

Wild Turkey

  • Fall Season: Sept. 15 through Nov. 14, 2022 (see Fall 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.