The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that the 2012 muzzleloader season for deer opened December 7 in Zone 1 (Upper Peninsula) and Zone 3 (southern Michigan). The season runs for 10 days in the U.P. and 17 days in southern Michigan. The 2012 muzzleloader season in Zone 2 (northern Lower Peninsula) runs from Dec. 14-23. Hunters must possess appropriate licenses. Either a firearm deer license or combination deer license is required to take an antlered buck. An antlerless deer license is required to take antlerless deer. Antler point restrictions and baiting restrictions that applied in earlier seasons remain in effect. A reminder for crossbow hunters: only hunters with a certified disability may use a crossbow or a modified bow during the muzzleloader season in the Upper Peninsula. This restriction applies to the Upper Peninsula only. All deer hunters are required to wear hunter orange during muzzleloader season.
Other hunting seasons:
Archery: Archery deer season is open Dec. 1 – Jan. 1 statewide.
Antlerless deer: The late antlerless firearm deer season will take place on Dec. 17-Jan. 1 in some Lower Peninsula Deer Management Units (DMUs). Check out the 2012 Michigan Antlerless Deer Hunting Digest for details.
Male pheasants: The late pheasant seaon (male only) takes place Dec. 1-Jan. 1 in part of Zone 3 of the Lower Peninsula. Hunters will need a small game hunting license. Be sure to check out the 2012 Michigan Hunting and Trapping Digest for details.
Ruffed Grouse: Hunt for ruffed grouse Dec. 1-Jan. 1 statewide. Be sure to pick up a small game hunting license, and check out the 2012 Michigan Hunting and Trapping Digest.
For information about hunting in Michigan, including regulations, season dates and bag limits, go to www.michigan.gov/hunting.