Hunting

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Hunting is allowed on National Forest lands with appropriate state hunting licenses.  Seasons and bag limits are determined by the Michigan DNR, please visit their website for more information: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10363---,00.html

General Information -

  • No discharging a firearm in or within 150 yards of a developed recreation area, building or occupied area.
  • No discharging a firearm across or on a forest development road, body of water contiguous to a road or where any person or property is exposed to injury or damage.
  • You must have a valid license.  Michigan hunting licenses are available on-line throug the Michigan DNR: http://www.mdnrelicense.com/Welcome/Default.aspx
  • Hunting hours, per the DNR, are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Specific Information -

Raised Platforms and Stands:

  • Allowed for archery hunting.
  • Must be portable and temporary, no permament structures are allowed.
  • Owners name and address must be displayed on the platform or stand.

Ground Blinds:

  • Portable ground blinds must be removed at the end of each days hunt.
  • Fasteners for portable ground blinds cannot penetrate the bark of a tree and must be removed daily with the blind.
  • The owners name and address must be displayed on the blind.
  • Blinds can be made of dead, natural materials and/or can have netting, cloth or plastic added to them - the material cannot be permanently attached to the blind and removed each day.
  • Natural materials must be scattered at the close of the season or when the blind is abandoned.
  • Constructed blinds cannot be placed on the Forests prior to November 6.
  • Constructed blinds must be removed at the end of the season.

Target Shooting

Target practice with a rifle, handgun or bow and arrow is permitted provided you abide by all state and federal regulations.

  • A hunting license is not required when shooting at identifiable, artificially constructed tergets and/or when no attempt is made to take game.
  • All trash must be packed out, including shell casings and targets.
  • Glass targets are prohibited.
  • Target shooting with a rifle, handgun or shotgun 5 days prior to deer rifle season is prohibited.

Trapping 

  • Allowed with appropriate permits and licences available through the Michigan DNR.
  • Season and bag limits are determined by the Michigan DNR
  • For more information visit the Michigan DNR website listed above.

Camping

Dispersed camping rules apply.  For more information go to the Dispersed Camping page: http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/hmnf/recreation/camping-cabins/?recid=18536&actid=34

ORV and Motorized Vehicle Use for Hunting

For information on operating an OHV or motorized vehicle on the Huron-Manistee visit the OHV page: http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/hmnf/recreation/ohv or the MVUM page: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/hmnf/maps-pubs/?cid=STELPRDB5275851