Firearm deer season begins Friday

Published 5:06 pm Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Whitetail firearm deer season begins Friday in Michigan and runs through Nov. 30. (Leader photo/File)

Whitetail firearm deer season begins Friday in Michigan and runs through Nov. 30. (Leader photo/File)

LANSING — Friday, tens of thousands of Michigan residents and nonresidents will take to the field to enjoy deer hunting.

The firearm season runs from Nov. 15-30. Once a deer has been harvested, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages hunters to get their deer “checked” at a local DNR office. Check station hours vary, so hunters should review the list of locations, times and hours at

At DNR check stations, DNR staff members record the harvest location and date, gender and antler measurements. Deer heads may be collected for bovine turberculosis surveillance in select counties, on a voluntary basis.

This year, the DNR encourages hunters to submit samples for TB if they harvested a deer in the following 19 counties: Alcona, Alpena, Bay, Cheboygan, Crawford, Genesee, Gratiot, Iosco, Isabella, Midland, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, Saginaw, Shiawassee and Tuscola. Data and TB samples collected at check stations help to assess the biological health of the herd and assist with future population management recommendations.

Other reminders:

Still looking for places to hunt on public land? Visit to search by county.

Antlerless licenses are still available. Visit for a listing of licenses available for public and private land.

Antler point restrictions are in place for certain areas in the state. Visit under License Information to find a chart that can help you determine the restrictions for your area.

Archery equipment, including crossbows, can be used during the firearm season.

Don’t forget to wear hunter orange.

There are limits on the amount of bait that can be placed around the state. Visit and click on Baiting and Feeding on the left navigation bar to learn more.

Deer hunting hours are available in the 2013-14 Hunting and Trapping Digest, which can be found at

Lastly, don’t forget to apply for the Pure Michigan Hunt! Only $4 for each application, and hunters may apply as many times as they would like from now until Dec. 31.

Win elk and bear licenses and a prize package worth more than $4,000. Check out to purchase.