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Archery deer season: know the new rules


Michigan is the top state in the nation for deer taken with archery equipment, and archery season started Oct. 1. The DNR wishes all archery deer hunters a safe and successful hunting season. Below are a few reminders and clarifications for those heading to the field.


  • Archery hunters in the Lower Peninsula can use a deer combo, deer or antlerless license during this season. 
  • There are no safety zones when using archery equipment.
  • Over-the-counter antlerless licenses are still available in select deer management units; see michigan.gov/deer.
  • Crossbows are legal to use in entire state Oct. 1-Nov. 14 and additionally in the Lower Peninsula from Dec. 1-Jan. 1.

CWD Areas

CWD and other regulations

  • To learn more about chronic wasting disease (CWD), including a map of where the disease has been found, visit michigan.gov/cwd.
  • Carcass disposal and transportation restrictions can be found in the Hunting Digest (pages 39 and 52) or under Hunting Information at michigan.gov/cwd.
  • To understand baiting and feeding restrictions for certain locations within the state, see page 50 of Hunting Digest.
  • Approved urine and lure attractants can be found at michigan.gov/cwd page 49 of Hunting Digest.
  • For antler point restrictions throughout the state, see page 36 of Hunting Digest.
  • For hunting hours, see page 13 of Hunting Digest.

Mandatory check, deer check stations and drop boxes

There is no longer mandatory check anywhere in the state unless you move your deer out of CWD areas! If you are in the Core CWD Area or the CWD Management Zone, there are carcass transportation restrictions in place (click map for larger map image).

If you hunt in one of the CWD areas and will not be leaving the area, you do not have to have your deer checked nor are you subject to transportation restrictions.

If you are leaving CWD areas (including taking deer from the Core Area to the remaining counties in the Management Zone), you may do so only with the following:

  • deboned meat;
  • quarters or other parts of a cervid that do not have any part of the spinal column or head attached;
  • antlers;
  • antlers attached to a skull cap cleaned of all brain and muscle tissue;
  • hides;
  • upper canine teeth; or
  • a finished taxidermy mount.

OR you must present your deer to any DNR check station in the state (including partnering processors or taxidermists) or place the head in a drop box within 24 hours of harvest.

  • Find DNR check station and drop box locations, , including partnering meat processors and taxidermists, at michigan.gov/deercheck. On the interactive map, it is important to check the open dates and times for each check station. These are not consistent throughout the state.
  • Some drop boxes are open 24 hours as indicated on the interactive map.
  • CWD test results may take up to 14 business days during the busier times of the season. Visit michigan.gov/dnrlab to check your test results.

Drop boxes are self-serve, and you should assume that you will have to leave the deer head in the box unless you are doing a European or shoulder deer mount. If this is the case, you should visit a drop box, electronically register the deer through your smartphone, then take a CWD specimen tag from the drop box and keep the tag with the deer. Once the taxidermist capes out your deer, you need to bring the skinned-out head back to the drop box or to any DNR check station and submit the head with the CWD specimen tag.

Partnering processor check stations may or may not remove your deer head, so you should be prepared to remove the head yourself so that it can submitted for testing.

NEW antlerless license opportunity

Hunters hunting on private land in the CWD Management Zone have the option of purchasing discounted antlerless licenses at 40 percent off the usual price. These licenses are good for private land anywhere within the CWD Management Zone through Nov. 4, 2018, when they expire. Ask for Hunt # – 2CWD when purchasing this license. In addition to these discounted licenses, hunters can still purchase regular, over-the-counter antlerless deer licenses (see pages 39 and 40 of the Hunting Digest). Note: This not a separate season. This license only may be used to take antlerless deer during the archery season on private land with archery equipment from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1.

Tree-stand safety

  • Always use a fall-arrest system full body harness.
  • Always use a haul line—a line anchored to the tree stand that reaches the ground, to lift your unloaded firearm, crossbow and other equipment in and out of the tree stand. Be sure the barrel is pointed down and that the line is not attached through the trigger guard.
  • Always let someone know where you will be hunting and the exact times you will be gone.
  • Carry a communication device that you know receives a signal in the area you will be hunting.
  • Refrain from using screw-in steps on your tree stand.
  • Always step down onto your raised platform (tree stand) to ensure it is secured properly.
  • Always maintain three points of contact when climbing up to or down from your tree stand.

Help Michigan families in need this hunting season 

Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger is an organization that works with the DNR to help feed families in your community. You can help by making a donation when you buy your hunting license OR by donating a harvested deer and delivering it to a participating processor. Each deer donated will provide more than 125 meals, and financial donations offset the cost of processing, packaging and transporting donated venison. To find a participating processor or learn more, visit sportsmenagainsthunger.org.

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DNR releases 2014 deer season forecast 

OUT-deer-season-forecastThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that its annual deer season forecast (2014 Deer Hunting Prospects) is now available online. DNR deer program biologists predict that hunters this season will see similar success rates as in 2013. The forecast is designed to give hunters a better idea of what to expect in the woods this season and includes:

Regional information breakdowns for the Upper Peninsula, the northern Lower Peninsula and the southern Lower Peninsula.

An overview of important changes for this license year, including information on multiple-year deer regulations, the new hunting and fishing license options, deer management unit boundaries for southern Michigan, and more.

Updates on wildlife health and diseases.

To acces the forecast, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr then click on hunting & trapping, then click on big game. Scroll down the page to the white-tailed deer section and click on 2014 deer season forecast.

For more tips and information on having a safe, successful deer season (including location of deer-check stations, antler point restriction FAQs and hunting digests), visit the DNR website www.michigan.gov/deer.

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Deer check stations

The Department of Natural Resources wildlife officials remind hunters that the DNR would like to check as many deer as possible during all the deer seasons to continue gathering critical data of Michigan’s deer herd. The data is important for monitoring the herd’s health and determining population size.
During all deer seasons, deer can be checked at DNR Operation Service Centers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday (except state holidays). Other check stations are only open on specific days. For more details, see the list of deer check stations for 2011 on the DNR website at Michigan.gov/dnr. Click on “hunting and trapping” and then “deer check stations.”
The last day to check your deer will be Jan. 6, 2012. The DNR will test any deer that is identified as “suspect” for chronic wasting disease (CWD) and bovine tuberculosis (TB). The DNR will also collect samples of deer from areas where disease concerns have been identified, which include the five counties in the Northeastern Lower Peninsula within the TB area, as well as Iosco, Shiawassee, Cheboygan, and Emmet counties.

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