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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources wants you to know that Michigan is full of fall hunting opportunities, and  squirrel, rabbit, hare, ruffed grouse, woodcock, fall turkey and youth waterfowl hunting weekend all begin Sept. 15.

Small Game

Make sure you take advantage of your base license, which is valid for small game hunting in Michigan. Here are some upcoming seasons: 

Gray and fox squirrel:

Sept. 15 - March 31

Cottontail rabbit and snowshoe hare:

Sept. 15 - March 31

Ruffed grouse:

Sept.15 - Nov. 14 and Dec. 1 - Jan. 1


Sept. 22 - Nov. 5

All woodcock hunters must obtain a free woodcock stamp, which includes registration with the federal Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP).

Sharp-tailed grouse:

Oct. 10 - 31 in Zone 1*  (*See Hunting Digest for details).

Sharp-tailed grouse requires a free sharp-tailed grouse stamp.

Be sure to check out GEMS locations for great hunting opportunities – visit!


Fall Turkey

Don't miss out on fall turkey season, Sept. 15 - Nov. 14.

Hunters may purchase one license a day until quotas are met, and may harvest one turkey per license.

Hunters who did not apply for the drawing may purchase a leftover license, if available, beginning Aug. 27.

Learn more at


Youth Hunting

  • The Mentored Youth Hunting Program allows youth hunters 9 years of age and younger to hunt with a mentor. The mentored youth license is a “package” license to hunt small game including waterfowl, turkey (spring and fall) and deer, trap furbearers, and fish for all species. See the Hunting Digest for more information. 
  • The Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend is Sept. 15-16. The Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend is statewide for properly licensed youth 16 years of age and younger. Ducks, mergansers, geese, coots and moorhens may be harvested. See the Waterfowl Digest for the details.
  • Youth Liberty Hunt will take place on private or public lands statewide in Michigan open to firearm deer hunting Sept. 22-23. Youth 16 years of age or younger may participate in this hunt. During this hunt, a deer or deer combo license may be used for an antlered or antlerless deer. Antler point restrictions do not apply. The bag limit for this season is one deer. All hunters participating in this season must wear hunter orange. See the Hunting Digest for more details.

Deer Hunting


See the 2018 Hunting Digest for:

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