Bow and arrow season is underway, but that’s just the beginning of one of Michigan’s most popular seasons. Here’s what you need to know about hunting this year.
MICHIGAN—Hunting season is a celebratory time for hundreds of thousands of Michiganders, and for others, it’s one of their primary means of finding sustenance and feeding their families.
Simply put, hunting season is a big deal in Michigan, and it’s ramping up along with the fall color as archery season that began on Oct. 1, to be followed by the regular firearm season beginning on Nov. 15.
Despite the popularity of hunting, increased numbers of deer combined with less people taking it up as a hobby is changing the landscape of the sport in Michigan, the DNR reported.
The organization has responded by extending the late antlerless hunting season this year. The season will run from Dec. 14 through Jan. 1, increasing the possibility that more deer will be taken in hopes of better managing their growing numbers.
Here’s what you need to know about hunting season 2020 in the Great Lakes State as archery season gets under way and the firearm season looms:
Archery Season Opened Oct. 1
On the heels of a series of smaller hunting events, the statewide archery hunting season for deer is now open, and runs through Nov. 14. The season will resume again from Dec. 1 through January 1, according to the 2020 Michigan Hunting Digest.
The limit for each hunter is one kill per tag.
Additional Hunting Seasons in Michigan: Dates to Know
Following the archery season, the regular firearm season will begin on November 15 and run through November 30. The muzzleloading season runs from December 4-13.
These dates were announced as part of a package of new deer hunting regulations released by the DNR this past summer regarding junior license holders, antlerless deer hunting, deaf people and more.
How to Find Licenses and a Place to Hunt
In order to assist hunters in finding the perfect spot, the DNR has provided a digital mapping tool called Mi-HUNT, which can be founded by clicking here.
The tool includes both private and public land boundaries, satellite imagery, topography and more to plan your next hunting trip.
You can also find information on managed waterfowl hunt areas, state wildlife and game areas, and more here.
Before hitting the woods, make sure you buy a license first. The DNR has provided a list of license agents which can be found on its website here.
Hunting Other Animals in Michigan
In addition to deer hunting, elk and bear hunting seasons began in September and will be continued in October. Ducks are allowed to be hunted for most of October and into the first half of November.
Fall hunters may also take a wide variety of other species, including rabbit, gray squirrel, quail, crow and other bird species.
A valid Michigan hunting license also grants hunters the ability to hunt opossum, porcupine, Russian boar, red squirrel, skunk, and some other bird species with no limit year-round.
For more information, check out the 2020 Michigan Hunting Digest, found here.
A list of wild game processing centers can also be found by clicking on this link.
Happy hunting, Michiganders!