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Michigan Bird Hunting

Seasons Span September 15 – 
January 1, 2017

Michigan Bird Hunting


Resident License Fees:

Non-Resident License Fees:
7-Day $80

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*prior to hunting, always verify all local rules and regulations with the appropriate state agencies because these laws are continually changing and are often area specific
Ruffed Grouse

Michigan Ruffed Grouse Season

September 15 – November 14, 2016 and December 1 – January 1, 2017

 Zone 1, 2 Limits: 5 per day, 10 possession

Zone 3 Limits: 3 per day, 6 possession


Michigan Woodcock Season

September 24 – November 7, 2016

Limits: 3 per day, 6 possession

Bobwhite Quail

Michigan Bobwhite Quail Season

October 20 – November 14, 2016

Limits: 5 per day, 10 possession

Ring-Necked Pheasant

Michigan Ring-Necked Pheasant Season

Zone 1: October 10 – October 31, 2016 

Zone 2, 3: October 20 – November 14, 2016

Zone 3 partial: December 1 – January 1, 2017

 Limits: 2 per day, 4 possession

Sharptail Grouse

Michigan Sharp-Tailed Grouse Season

October 10 – October 31, 2016

Limits: 2 per day, 4 possession, 6 per season in select areas

New Mexico Sunset

Embrace the Hunting Curve

I kicked off this season hunting the entire month of September without ever pulling the trigger—for birds, not for big game, not for a once-in-a-lifetime tag draw. I never even came close. True, the Himalayan Snowcock might be the most challenging hunt in the country. This was my second attempt at those demons and I … Read more

Brian Koch
Bird Hunting Buddies

Upland with Friends

It’s easy for me to get caught up in this solo pursuit. The rhythm of walking to the horizon with shotgun in hand appeals to my obsessive nature. Shut out the world and follow the dogs. Simple. Quiet. Rewarding. But decades ago I came to be a bird hunter because of friends sharing their experience … Read more

Brian Koch
Late Season Bobwhite

3000 Miles for One Bird

The sun is dipping into the horizon and the thermometer reads 19° when the dogs and I return to the truck after hunting the final day of upland season in Kansas. A quick check of the fitness band reveals I’ve hiked over 12 miles in eight inches of new snowfall. The dogs never stopped hunting … Read more

Brian Koch