Michigan Muzzleloader Deer Season Opens Dec. 3rd

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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.

For information about hunting in Michigan, including regulations, season dates and bag limits, go to www.michigan.gov/hunting.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is committed to the conservation, protection, management, and accessible use and enjoyment of the state's environment, natural resources, and related economic interests for current and future generations. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/dnre.


cscott711's picture

I didn't have a chance to get

I didn't have a chance to get out yesterday, but I was out there for a few hours this morning.  It was a great morning.  Some snow on the ground, just a hint of a breeze in the air, and then....a woodpecker took a poop on me!  The worst part is that I saw it coming.  Just as I looked up, down it started coming.  Nowhere to go when you're strapped in a stand 15' above the forest floor.  

When's woodpecker season open?  :)

jaybe's picture

Sorry, cscott - there is no

Sorry, cscott - there is no open season on woodpeckers in Michigan!  LOL

I got out a couple of times, but didn't get a shot at anything. Only spotted two deer, and it was just a flash of white tails going through the woods about 100 yards in front of me. I was "sneak-hunting" through an area that often holds deer in the late season, and had just finished working my way slowly up to the top of a hill. I had just finished my looking and took my first step when I suddenly caught the movement and saw that two deer (probably does) had been standing behind a pine tree watching me through it. Basically, I didn't have a chance. That was one more example of a part-time hunter trying to sneak up on a full-time deer.

Actually, my buddy and I had a hard time figuring out where the deer went in our area. We drove around many miles of public land and saw very few tracks compared to what we had seen during the regular season which had just ended 9 days before. I think we finally figured out that most of the deer had headed down into the river bottoms, but by then it was just about the end of the time we had to hunt.

Maybe next year.