Where in Michigan Does the DNR Allow Hunting?


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Michigan's Department of Natural Resources allows hunting on certain public lands, including state wildlife and game areas, managed waterfowl hunt areas, and state forests, parks and recreation areas. The DNR also expands hunting opportunities by leasing private land, matching hunters with landowners needing wildlife population reduction, and identifying commercial forests and federal lands offering public access.

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Michigan's DNR provides several web-based applications geared towards hunters. MiHunt includes maps defining the borders of over seven million acres of public and private land available for hunting with associated video tutorials. The library also features vegetation cover types and grids, trails, topographic images from the U.S. Geographical Survey, and aerial images showing trees in full-leaf and no-leaf states. The application identifies excluded areas such as military land and refuges. A section on applicable treaties and laws defines tribal hunting rights and limitations.

The Michigan DNR provides additional resources, including the Mi-Mast application that tracks game food sources throughout the state. An extensive section targeting hunters with disabilities lists links to accessible blinds, tips for hunting with crossbows, considerations for veterans, and special permits for hunting from standing vehicles or off-road vehicle access. Access to the Hunters Helping Landowners program allows hunters to sign up for matches with willing landowners in up to two counties. Links to hunting regulations and seasonal hunting zones ensure hunters have appropriate information on legal issues.

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