Hunting in Michigan is one of the state’s oldest pastimes. People travel from near and far to experience a Michigan hunt. In fact, some believe that opening day of deer season should be a national holiday. While we are in the midst of hunting season, here are a few quick facts you may not have known about Michigan hunting.
- There are seven different types of species you can hunt in Michigan: bear, deer, elk, turkey, small game, waterfowl, and trapping/fur harvesting.
- All first-time hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1960 are required to take and pass a hunter safety course.
- A person can begin hunting by 10-years-old as an apprentice hunter.
- Hunters can hunt on public and private land but need specific permission from private landowners to access the property.
- About 40 percent of the Upper Peninsula and 30 percent of the northern Lower Peninsula is in public ownership. In contrast, just 3 percent of the southern Lower Peninsula is public.
- Fall is the most popular time of year for hunting. This trend was established years ago to set conditions that allowed for the maximum benefit from the minimum impact on wildlife.
- In 2017, there were over 700,000 licensed hunters in Michigan, making us third in the country for most registered hunters behind Texas and Pennsylvania.
- 80 percent of licensed hunters were hunting deer in 2017.
- Over 50,000 out-of-state hunters purchased a Michigan hunting license last year.
- Michigan DNR created an interactive map, MiHUNT, which shows approximate boundaries of lands open to public hunting, including both public hunting land as well as private land open to the public for hunting.
Check out Michigan’s DNR website for more information about hunting.
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