What Are the Deer Hunting Laws of Michigan?


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Deer hunters in Michigan required to have a big game license, and in some cases, may also need a species-specific license as well, notes the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Certain limited-license species also require an additional application, such as antlerless deer. All hunters should be aware of when deer season starts and stops each year, as hunting outside of those times can lead to fines or jail time.

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Those wishing to apply for a hunting license for antlerless deer or another limited-license species must first enter a drawing, as there are only a small number of licenses allowed each year, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. If successful, the hunter can then purchase the license for that type of deer species. The application period for getting an antlerless deer license is typically mid July through mid August.

Deer hunters in Michigan are required to follow the hunting schedules. Actual dates vary from year to year, but in 2016, the dates for the Early Antlerless Deer Firearm and the Liberty Hunt is September 17 to 18. The Independence Hunt occurs between October 13 and 16, while the the archery dates are October 1 through November 14, and then again from December 1 through January 1.

For hunters using regular firearms, the deer hunting season is November 15 through 20. Muzzleloader hunts are separated into three different zones in Michigan and each starts on December 4, though their end times vary. The Late Antlerless Firearm dates are from December 21 to January 1 between 2015 and 2016.

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