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Small game hunting seasons open


The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that a number of small game seasons opened Tuesday, September 15.

Seasons on ruffed grouse, rabbits and hares, and squirrels open on the same day. Woodcock season opens the following Saturday, Sept. 19.

Hunters who plan to pursue woodcock are reminded that they must have a federal Harvest Information Program (HIP) endorsement on their small game licenses. The endorsement, which is free of charge, will say “Migratory Bird Hunter – Yes” and appear printed on the license.

Grouse season runs through Nov. 14 and reopens Dec. 1 – Jan. 1. The daily bag limit is five in the northern two-thirds of the state, three in southern Michigan.

Rabbit and hare season runs through May 31. The daily bag limit is five.

Squirrel season runs through March 1. The daily bag limit is five.

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