DO I NEED A HUNTING LICENSE TO HUNT WITHIN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN?
Yes. A Hunting License is different from a Hunter Education Certificate and is required for any person, of any age who hunts within the state. This includes both residents and non-residents. Varying licenses must be purchased and carried depending on the hunters age, residency, and the type of game being hunted. Certain exceptions may apply depending on the game animal being hunted. For more information on Michigan hunting licenses visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Website.
WHAT ARE THE MICHIGAN TAGGING REQUIREMENTS?
Certain game animals must be tagged after they’re taken, including big game animals such as deer, elk, bear, and turkey. It’s important for hunters to understand the tagging and/or harvest reporting requirements for the game animal they’re hunting, and to ensure that the animal is tagged and reported properly.
Tagging Requirements for Big Game
Big game animals that are taken within the State of Michigan must be tagged. This includes deer, bear, elk, and turkey. These animals must be tagged immediately after being killed and before being moved. The state recommends the following method when tagging big game animals:
A strong piece of wire or cord should be attached to the sticky side of the kill tag. The tag can then be folded in half around the code or wire. The wire or cord can then be tied around the animal’s antler, lower jaw or lower leg in a secure manner. Hunters should not attempt to stick the tag directly to the animal. The tag must be legible and visible for inspection. The tag must remain securely attached to the animal until it is processed or butchered.
Game Species Surveys
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources conducts surveys following each hunting season. Surveys are conducted on the hunting of game species within the state including deer, bear, elk, grouse and woodcock, pheasant and quail, small game and furbearers, turkey, waterfowl and other miscellaneous animal types.
The conduction of these survey’s aids in determining hunter participation within the state, as well as harvest estimates and hunting effort.