Firearm deer hunting season kicks off this week!
Visit michigan.gov/deer to find 2018 season information, regulations, videos, chronic wasting disease updates and more. Check out the 2018 Michigan Deer Hunting Prospects for more on what to expect this deer season.
Hunters contribute $2.3 billion to Michigan’s economy and pay for wildlife conservation and management work throughout the state.
Helping set the pace
Michigan is one of the top five states nationally in both number of deer hunters and overall deer taken each year. There were 376,365 deer harvested in 2017:
150,709 were antlerless deer, 225,655 were antlered.
51 percent of deer were harvested during the firearm season.
37 percent were harvested during the archery season.
38,262 deer were checked, the highest number of checked deer since 2001.
See the 2017 Deer Season Summary for more 2017 statistics.
Looking for a place to hunt? There are new properties and more acres to hunt through the Hunting Access Program, including properties in Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Newaygo and Mecosta counties. See a complete list of private lands available to hunt at michigan.gov/hap. Also, you can find information and maps for lands open to public hunting at michigan.gov/mihunt.
Buy deer licenses online, at a license agent or at a DNR Customer Service Center.
Good luck and have a safe and enjoyable deer season! Questions? Contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-9453.