Michigan Hunting News

Michigan 2011 Hunting and Fishing Licenses on Sale March 1st

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminds outdoor enthusiasts that the 2011 hunting and fishing licenses go on sale starting Tuesday, March 1. The licenses are good from the date of purchase through March 31, 2012, unless otherwise specified for restricted hunts. Persons who purchase four or more licenses at one time are eligible for a 15 percent discount. Prices have not changed from 2010 prices.

Michigan Spring Turkey Hunt Application Deadline - Feb. 1st

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminds hunters that the deadline for application for spring turkey hunting licenses is Feb 1.

Michigan Offering BOW Turkey Hunting Workshops

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is offering two turkey hunting workshops in January in cooperation with Gander Mountain. These workshops are part of the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program.

BOW is a noncompetitive program in which each individual is encouraged to learn at her own pace. The emphasis is on the enjoyment, fun and camaraderie of outdoor activities, and sharing in the success of one another.

USFWS Takes Steps Towards Wolf Delisting, Sets Date of April 2011

Endangered Species Act successful in revitalizing wolves in the Great Lakes, but science, not politics should now guide management as wolf numbers far exceed population goals.

Michigan Firearm Deer Season Harvest Similar to 2009

Initial estimates suggest Michigan firearm deer hunters killed about the same number of deer statewide this year as in 2009, according to the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE). Reports regarding deer harvest ranged widely, from significant increases in some locations to declines in others, potentially a result of concentration of deer around the excellent mast crops available this fall.

Pure Michigan Hunt Tickets Available Now

Those looking for a last-minute gift or stocking stuffer for the hunter on their holiday shopping list are in luck. Applications for the 2011 Pure Michigan Hunt - a drawing for the chance at the hunt of a lifetime - are on sale through Dec. 31.

Michigan Muzzleloader Deer Season Opens Dec. 3rd

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminds hunters that muzzleloader season for deer opens Friday, December 3rd in the Zone 1 (Upper Peninsula) and Zone 3 (southern Michigan).

The season runs for 10 days in the U.P. and 17 days in southern Michigan.

Hunters must possess appropriate license tags,  firearms license or combination license tags to take an antlered buck, or antlerless deer licenses to take antlerless deer.

Muzzleoading season in Zone 2 (northern Lower Peninsula) runs from Dec. 10-19.

Michigan DNR-NRC Approves Changes to Spring Turkey Hunt Regulations

The Natural Resources Commission approved a couple of changes to spring turkey regulations designed to offer more opportunity to more hunters while still providing a high-quality hunting experience.

A total of 114,290 licenses (49,290 general licenses and 65,000 private-land-only licenses) will be available. Approximately 56,433 square miles of Michigan will be open to turkey hunters in the 2011 spring season.

In the Upper Peninsula, Hunt Unit M now incorporates the entire U.P., including Bois Blanc Island, which was previously in Hunt Unit J.

Michigan DNRE Feeding Ban Still in Place

The State of Michigan successfully appealed an Otsego County district court's decision to dismiss an illegal deer feeding case against a Gaylord man, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment announced.

Michigan DNRE Extends Shooting Range Hours

In preparation for the upcoming hunting seasons, the DNRE has extended weekend shooting hours at four of the state shooting ranges it oversees, including the Rose Lake Shooting Range in Bath (Clinton County); the Sharonville Shooting Range in Grass Lake (Jackson County); the Ortonville Shooting Range in Ortonville (Lapeer County); and the Pontiac Lake Shooting Range in Waterford (Oakland County).