Michigan, consisting of two peninsulas, is home to pristine wilderness and more than 11,000 lakes. Forests cover over one half of the state. Thus, hunting and fishing are significant industries of the state. Thousands of acres of prime Michigan hunting grounds puts our skills to the test, from big game to small.
Michigan is among the top states in the nation in almost every hunting category. It’s here, where winters are long and snowy and whitetail bucks grow to huge proportions both in body and rack size. Michigan has one of the highest annual whitetail deer harvests in North America and the state is popular among trophy buck hunters and recreational hunters alike. In 2010, “North American Whitetail” reported that the area of Jackson County was best for trophy whitetail deer hunting. There were over 418,000 deer taken with 29% of them buck.
In addition to whitetail Michigan also offers hunting for bear, elk, wild boar, turkey and is well known for waterfowl. Bear may be hunted with rifle, crossbow, and archery. In 2010, approximately 2,395 were harvested.
Michigan offers elk hunting by drawing. The drawing is in two categories, any type and antlerless. They may be hunted by gun, crossbow and archery. 162 elk were taken in 2010. You may apply for a Pure Michigan License for $4.00 for a chance to hunt elk, bear, and other game all in the same year. This does not affect your chance in the regular elk drawing.
Michigan turkey hunting has multiple seasons and harvests have been over 37,000 in some seasons. Michigan wild boar may be shot in certain counties at any time.
Small game available in Michigan includes pheasants, grouse (a free sharp-tailed grouse stamp required), squirrel, quail, rabbits and hares. Please check with guide/outfitter for rules/regulations regarding small game. For Michigan waterfowl hunting, a waterfowl license and federal stamp are required. Also a fur-harvesting license is needed for trapping/hunting.
A Hunter Safety Education certificate is required for those born after January 1, 1960.