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Learn to Hunt

Apprentice hunter learning to hunt

New to hunting? Or interested in learning how to hunt but not sure where to start? Check out the range of helpful resources we've put together for new hunters or those who may want to give hunting a try, including:

  • A wealth of valuable information from the Modern Hunters blog, by self-taught hunters who explain the ins and outs of learning to hunt through the eyes of a beginner. Documenting and explaining everything from terminology to techniques, this is a must-read for the new hunter.
  • Videos and tools o help get you started, including maps of places you can hunt.
  • Recipes and other information about eating wild game.
  • Resources and events brought to you by various DNR partners.

Scroll through to explore each section below, and if you have any questions while learning about hunting, give your local DNR Customer Service Center a call or email DNR-Wildlife@michigan.gov – we’d love to help!

Hunting 101

    • Outdoor Skills Academy

      These are in-depth classes are designed for adults, youth ages 16 and older, and children over 10 who are accompanied by an adult. Outdoor Skills Academy classes have a cost associated with them, which varies by class.

    • Hunter Education

      Safe hunting begins with hunter education, which has had a dramatic impact on reducing hunting incidents in Michigan. Hunting is safe and getting safer!

      Hunter education is required if you were born after Jan. 1, 1960 and you want to purchase any Michigan hunting license, or if you are planning an out-of-state hunting trip.

      There are several options, including online courses, a traditional classroom course or home study.

    • Classes and hunts presented by DNR partners:

      -National Wild Turkey Federation events (search by ZIP code or by local chapter)

      -Pheasants Forever Michigan events

      -National Deer Association events

  • We have programs to help you get out in the field for the first time. 

    Mentored Youth Hunting Program:

    The Mentored Youth Hunting program is designed to introduce youth under the age of 10 to hunting and fishing, offering a "package" license for just $7.50

    Apprentice Hunting Program:

    Anyone ages 10 and older can be a part of the hunting experience by purchasing a base apprentice (APC) license. The base apprentice license, which can be purchased for two license years before needing to successfully complete a hunter safety course, allows you to hunt small game and purchase licenses to hunt other species like deer and turkey.

    Learn more about the mentored youth and apprentice hunting programs >

  • Safe hunting begins with hunter education, which has had a dramatic impact on reducing hunting incidents in Michigan. Hunting is safe and getting safer!

    Hunter education is required if you were born after Jan. 1, 1960 and you want to purchase any Michigan hunting license, or if you are planning an out-of-state hunting trip.

    There are several options, including online courses, a traditional classroom course or home study.

    Learn more about Michigan’s hunter education program.

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