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Trapping/Fur Harvesting

Season information

Season Information:

See each of the species below for season information and bag limits.

License requirements for fur harvesting:

  •  Base License 
  • Fur harvesting license 
  • Residents who intend to harvest bobcat, otter, fisher, or marten must request and be issued free kill tags for those species. The kill tag must be replaced by an official DNR seal at a registration station.

Buy a license online

Buy a license online

Check age results

Check age results

Find a place to trap

Find a place to trap

Licensed fur buyer directory

Licensed fur buyer directory

Registration stations

If you experience difficulty scheduling your appointment, please email dnr-wildlife@michigan.gov so we can assist.

Registration stations

Surveys and reports

Survey and reports

Fur harvesting regulations

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Use the fur harvester digest to find license information, hunting zones & hours, rules & regulations and much more. For a full list of regulations and legal descriptions see the Wildlife Conservation Order.

Fur harvester species

  • Trapping Season Dates:

    • Zones 1 & 2
      • Oct. 15 - Nov. 14
    • Zone 3
      • Nov. 1 - Mar. 1

    See Fur Harvester Digest for zone information.


    Bag Limits: 

    • 1 per resident

    Species info

  • Trapping Season Dates:

    • Unit A
      • Resident: Oct. 25 - Apr. 30
      • Nonresident: Nov. 15 - Apr. 30
    • Unit B
      • Resident: Nov. 1 - Apr. 28
      • Nonresident: Nov. 24 - Apr. 28
    • Unit C
      • Resident: Nov. 10 - Apr. 28
      • Nonresident: Dec. 15 - Apr. 28

    See Fur Harvester Digest for unit information.


    Bag Limits: 

    • No Limit

    Species Info:

  • Hunting Season Dates:

    • Unit A, B, and C
      • Jan. 1 - Mar. 1
    • Unit D
      • Jan. 1 - Feb. 1
    • Unit G
      • Jan. 1 - Jan. 20
    • Unit H
      • Jan. 1 - Jan. 11

    Trapping Season Dates:

    • Units A and B
      • Oct. 25 - Dec. 26
    • Units C, D and G
      • Dec. 10 - Dec. 29
    • Unit H
      • Dec. 10 - Dec. 20

    See Fur Harvester Digest for unit information.

    Note: October 24th is the last day to obtain bobcat kill tags for a season. 

    Bag Limits:

    • 2 Per resident fur harvester. One kill tag is valid for all lands and for all units combined. A second kill tag is valid for Unit A ONLY, on private lands (excluding Commercial Forest lands).

    Species Info:

    About bobcats

  • Hunting Season Dates:

    • Year-round

    See Fur Harvester Digest for unit information.

    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.

    Trapping Season Dates:

    • Oct. 15 - Mar. 1

    See Fur Harvester Digest for more information.


    Bag Limits:

    • No Limit

    Species Info:

  • Trapping Season Dates:

    • Zone 1 (excluding Drummond Island)
      • Dec. 2-11, 2022

    Bag Limits:

    • Fisher/marten have a combined bag limit of 2 per resident fur harvester, of which only 1 may be a fisher. (The fisher/marten kill tag can be used for 1 fisher OR 1 marten. The marten only kill tag can be used for 1 marten.)

    Species Info:

  • Hunting and Trapping Season Dates:

    • Oct. 15 - Mar. 1 (Gray and Red Fox)

    See Fur Harvester Digest for more information.

    Bag Limits:

    • No Limit

    Species Info:

  • Trapping Season Dates:

    • Zone 1 (excluding Drummond Island)
      • Dec. 2-11, 2022

    Bag Limits:

    • Fisher/marten have a combined bag limit of 2 per resident fur harvester, of which only 1 may be a fisher. (The fisher/marten kill tag can be used for 1 fisher OR 1 marten. The marten only kill tag can be used for 1 marten.)

    Species Info:

  • Trapping Season Dates:

    • Zone 1
      • Oct. 25 - Mar. 1
    • Zone 2
      • Nov. 1 - Mar. 1
    • Zone 3 
      • Nov. 10 - Mar. 1

    See Fur Harvester Digest for unit information.


    Bag Limits: 

    • No Limit

    Species Info:

  • Trapping Season Dates:

    • Zone 1
      • Oct. 25 - Mar. 1
    • Zone 2
      • Nov. 1 - Mar. 1
    • Zone 3 
      • Nov. 10 - Mar. 1

    See Fur Harvester Digest for unit information.


    Bag Limits:

    • No Limit

    Species Info:

  • Trapping Season Dates:

    • Unit A
      • Oct. 25 - Mar. 31
    • Unit B
      • Nov. 1 - Mar. 31
    • Unit C
      • Nov. 10- Mar. 31

    See Fur Harvester Digest for unit information.


    Bag Limits:

    • 4 per resident. Only three may be taken from Unit B, and only two from Unit C.

    Species Info:

  • Hunting Season Dates:

    • Oct. 1 - Mar. 31

    Trapping Season Dates:

    • Oct. 1 - Mar. 31

    See Fur Harvester Digest for unit information.


    Bag Limits:

    • No Limit

    Species Info: