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Small Game

Season information

License requirements to hunt small game:

  • Base License
  • All woodcock hunters must obtain a free woodcock stamp which includes registration with the federal Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP)
  • Sharp-tailed grouse requires a free sharp-tailed grouse stamp
  • A $25 pheasant license is required for all pheasant hunters 18 years of age and older planning to hunt pheasants on any public land in the Lower Peninsula or on lands enrolled in the Hunting Access Program.
    • Exempt from purchasing the license: Private land pheasant hunters statewide, public land pheasant hunters in the Upper Peninsula, lifetime license holders, hunters 17 years of age and younger, and individuals only hunting pheasant at a game bird hunting preserve.

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Hunting regulations

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Complete rules and regulations notice

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

  • Season Dates:

    Coyote hunting is open year-round. Coyote may be taken on private property by a property owner or designee all year if they are doing or about to do damage on private property - a license or written permit is not needed.

    Note: The use of .269 caliber or smaller for the take of coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and opossums at night is permitted. Nighttime take with centerfire rifles is prohibited on all state parks and recreation areas statewide, and all state game areas within the limited firearm deer zone.

    See Hunting Digest and Fur Harvester Digest for more information.

    Bag Limits and Additional Info:

    Bag Limits: No limit

  • Season Dates:

    Aug 1 - Sept 30 and Feb 1 - Mar 31

    Bag Limits and Additional Info:

    Bag Limit: No Limit

  • Season Dates:

    Sept 15 - Nov 14 and Dec 1 - Jan 1

    Bag Limits and Additional Info:

    Bag Limit: 5 (daily), 10 (possession) Zones 1 and 2 and 3 (daily), 6 (possession) Zone 3

     

  • Season Dates:

  • Season Dates:

    • Zone 1 (UP) Pheasant Unit: Oct. 10-31
    • Zone 2 and 3 (LP) Pheasant Units: Dec. 1 - Jan. 1

    Pheasant unit boundaries can be found in the Michigan Hunting Digest.

    Bag Limits and Additional Info:

    Bag Limit: 2 (daily), 4 (possession)

    2022 pheasant release information

    This year, pheasants will be released during the Oct. 20-Nov. 14 regular pheasant season on nine state game areas throughout southern Michigan:

    • Cornish (Van Buren County).
    • Crow Island (Bay and Saginaw counties).
    • Erie (Monroe County).
    • Lapeer (Lapeer County).
    • Leidy Lake (St. Joseph County).
    • Pinconning Township (Bay County).
    • Pointe Mouillee (Monroe and Wayne counties).
    • Rose Lake (Clinton and Shiawassee counties).
    • St Johns Marsh (St. Clair County).
  • Season Dates:

    Oct. 20 - Nov. 14

    Bag Limits and Additional Info:

    Bag Limit: 5 (daily), 10 (possession)

  • Season dates:

    Sept 15 - Mar 31

    Bag limits and additional info:

    Bag Limit: 5 (daily), 10 (possession, combined)

  • Gray squirrel and fox squirrel

    Season Dates:

    Sept. 15 - Mar. 31

    Bag Limits and Additional Info:

    Bag Limit: 5 (daily), 10 (possession)

  • Season Dates:

    Sept. 15 - Oct. 29, 2021

    Bag Limits and Additional Info:

    Bag Limit: 3 (daily), 9 (possession)

    Notes: Shotguns must be plugged so they are capable of holding no more than three shells. All woodcock hunters must obtain a free woodcock stamp in addition to a valid base license, available from all license agents or online. The woodcock stamp includes registration with the federal Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP). A current-year HIP endorsement must be carried when hunting migratory birds. Hunters can promote sound woodcock management by promptly reporting all banded birds harvested, including date and location taken. To report bands, go online to www.reportband.gov, or call 800-327-BAND.

  • Coyote, Opossum, Porcupine, Weasel, Red Squirrel, Skunk, Ground Squirrel, Woodchuck, Russian boar, Feral Pigeons, Starlings, and House Sparrows

    Season Dates:

    Year-round

    Bag Limits and Additional Info:

    Bag Limit: No Limit

    Notes: Please see Chapter VII of the Wildlife Conservation Order for more information on hunting State Parks and Recreation Areas.