See Michigan’s 2022 hunting summary for information on small game, waterfowl, deer and turkey

Many of Michigan’s hunting seasons begin in September.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is sharing information about hunting season dates and rules.

You can learn more about the different seasons below.

Plus: Complete Hunting Coverage in Michigan

small game opener

Small game hunting seasons open throughout Michigan on September 15, 2022 for the following species:

  • Cottontail rabbit and snowshoe hare.

  • Fox and gray squirrels (black phase included).

  • Outgrown grouse.

  • woodcock

  • All woodcock hunters must obtain a free woodcock stamp, which includes registration with the federal Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP).

waterfowl hunting

Waterfowl hunting opens in September. You can find one of Michigan’s Managed Waterfowl Hunting Areas at by clicking here.


  • Teal early season is September 1-16.

  • The common moorhen, Virginia rail, sora rail and Wilson’s snipe season opens on September 1.

North Zone

  • The season for ducks, coots and mergansers begins on September 24.

  • Goose season begins on September 1.

Middle and South Zones

  • Goose season begins on September 1.

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deer hunting

Deer hunting kicks off in September with the Liberty Hunt and early antlerless firearms season. More information is available in the 2022 Hunting Digest, listed below. Deer hunters in Michigan must now report their harvest online, Learn more by clicking here.

Liberty Hunt: September 10 and 11

  • Open to youth and hunters with disabilities.

  • Statewide on public or private land.

First Hornless Firearm: September 17-18

  • Just deer without antlers.

  • Open on private land in the Lower Peninsula.

fur harvest

Coyote hunting is open year-round. The 2022 fur collector licenses are valid from May 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023.

Residents with a fur harvesting license who intend to harvest bobcats, otters, fishers, or martens must apply for free kill tags for these species.

  • Kill tags are available until the last day of the harvest season for anglers, martens, and otters.

  • Bobcat death tags are available through October 24.

You can purchase your fur harvester license and apply for kill tags online at or anywhere DNR licenses are sold.


fall turkey hunt

The fall turkey hunt begins on September 15.

Turkey hunting license applications were available until August 1, but the remaining turkey hunting licenses will be sold until quotas are met. Hunters may purchase up to one license per day. Hunters may harvest one turkey per license.

Read more: Everything You Need to Know About the 2022 Fall Turkey Hunting Season

See the 2022 Michigan hunt roundup below

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