If you plan it right, the ideal Michigan hunting season can cover most of the year.
Michigan is an outdoorsman’s paradise. Deer hunting season is an unofficial holiday. The hunting, fishing, and everything else outdoors is great in the Wolverine State.
While deer hunting here gets the most attention (and rightfully so), there are opportunities to hunt for most of the year and still put the required time in to be successful at each and every one of them. All of the dates listed are for 2016 and may vary based on the year.
Cottontail Rabbit and Snowshoe Hare Hunting
Depending on how you look at it, either before the season starts or after it has ended, there is a hunting opportunity for you with rabbits and hare. That period from after the deer season ends to before turkey opens is pretty barren for the Michigan hunting season.
Since cottontail and snowshoe hare season is from Sept. 15 – March 31, you can pick right up where you left off after late archery ends on Jan. 1.
In Michigan you can choose from either the Spring (Apr. 18 – May 31) or Fall season (Sept. 15 – Nov. 14). If you hunt all species, the Spring season is the way to go as it will not interfere with your other hunts.
Wild turkey can be found throughout the state and the Michigan DNR is a good resource for all things turkey in the state. Get your tag and start your wild turkey hunt in mid-April.
Bear hunting in Michigan is relegated to the northern part of the state and Upper Peninsula. Depending on which BMU (Bear Management Unit) you plan to hunt in will determine both the season and chance of getting a tag.
Generally the Michigan hunting season for bear starts around September 10th. The Michigan Bear Hunting Digest tells you all you need to know about it. If you are lucky enough to get a tag, plan on spending the middle of September searching for your bear.
There are several options for deer hunting here. Depending on how you like to hunt, there is ample opportunities. The Michigan hunting season varies based on how you want to hunt, and are as follows for archery and regular firearms.
- *Archery: Oct. 1 – Nov. 14 and Dec. 1 – Jan. 1, 2016
- *Regular Firearm: Nov. 15-30, 2016
Pick your weapon and make sure you don’t miss Michigan’s deer season.
No hunting list would be complete without some waterfowl hunting.
Michigan has plenty of water and birds aplenty. However, the season will vary based on what part of the state you plan to hunt.
Thankfully, the middle of December is a good target for most of the state if you are after ducks and geese. Check out the DNR’s seasons here and try to squeeze in a few hunts around deer season.