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The hunt is on.

The calendar tells us when hunting season in Michigan begins, but our instincts already know and with more than 10 million acres of land open to public hunting and 111 wildlife management areas statewide, your perfect spot is waiting to be discovered.

Hunting is a time-honored tradition that calls enthusiasts of all ages to head for the woods and waters for the chance to track whitetail deer, elk, bear, turkeygrouse, waterfowl and other wildlife. The opportunity to hunt and harvest game is abundant to all and with various seasons spanning throughout the year, the opportunity to get lost in a sportsman’s paradise is always calling. 

Firearm season for whitetail deer is the season hunters across the state look forward, however Michigan is among the leading states in the nation for upland bird hunting, particularly ruffed grouse and woodcock. Plan a hunt at one of 19 grouse enhanced management sites (GEMS) in the state or go on an ambitious quest for three species (turkey, ruffed grouse and whitetail deer) in 72 hours. Are you ready to test your skill in Pure Michigan?

Michigan Waterfowl Hunting Basics

Michigan DNR staff offer a brief introduction to hunters interested in waterfowl hunting. 

Michigan Hunting Traditions

Learn about the tradition of hunting in the Upper Peninsula with three generations of a Michigan Family. 

The Season | A Return to the Woods

Preparation. Anticipation. Camaraderie. A connection with nature.

For hunters who spend time in the woods each fall, Michigan’s whitetail deer season presents a challenge that many describe as “therapeutic.” People from all walks of life connect over a shared interest in the outdoors and pursuit of a common goal.

Learn more about this video and the people in it.

Sharonville Shooting Range
Dansville Shooting Range
Rose Lake Shooting Range
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Michigan Waterfowl Hunting Basics

Michigan DNR staff offer a brief introduction to hunters interested in waterfowl hunting. 

Michigan Hunting Traditions

Learn about the tradition of hunting in the Upper Peninsula with three generations of a Michigan Family. 

The Season | A Return to the Woods

Preparation. Anticipation. Camaraderie. A connection with nature.

For hunters who spend time in the woods each fall, Michigan’s whitetail deer season presents a challenge that many describe as “therapeutic.” People from all walks of life connect over a shared interest in the outdoors and pursuit of a common goal.

Learn more about this video and the people in it.

Sharonville Shooting Range
Dansville Shooting Range
Rose Lake Shooting Range

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