Fur Harvesting Opportunities

November 8, 2017

Important Reminders

Fur harvester licenses are valid May 1, 2017 – April 30, 2018.
Kill tags are available May 1 through the last day of trapping season for fisher, marten and otter.
Bobcat kill tags are only available through Nov. 30.

Residents with a fur harvester license can now get their free kill tags online at E-License. Kill tags can also be requested by visiting a license agent or a DNR Customer Service Center.

Thank you for contributing to the conservation of Michigan’s natural resources. Good luck this season!

Did you know…

…there are 17 different species you can harvest with your fur harvester license?

If you haven’t gotten out hunting or trapping yet this year, there are opportunities for fur harvesting in Michigan year-round.

There are even nighttime hunting opportunities for coyote, red and gray fox, opossum and raccoon.

We hope you take advantage of the various fur harvesting opportunities available in Michigan. Get out hunting and trapping this year, or try pursuing a new species!

Learn more about fur harvesting opportunities and season openings below.

Fur Harvesting Opportunities

Hunting Seasons

Bobcat hunting seasons for Units A, B, C, D, E and F open Jan. 1.
Coyote hunting season is open year-round statewide. (Michigan residents can hunt coyote with a base license.)
Gray and red fox hunting season opened Oct. 15 statewide.
Raccoon hunting season opened Oct. 1 statewide.

Trapping Seasons

Badger trapping season opened Oct. 15 for Zones 1 and 2, and on Nov. 1 for Zone 3. *See the Hunting and Trapping Digest for Zone 1 counties open to badger trapping.
Bobcat trapping season opens Dec. 1 for Units A and B, and Dec. 10 for Units C, D, E and F.
Coyote, gray and red fox trapping seasons opened Oct. 15 statewide.
Fisher/marten trapping season opens Dec. 1 in Zone 1, excluding Drummond Island.
Muskrat and mink trapping season opened Oct. 25 in Zone 1 and Nov. 1 in Zone 2, and will open Nov. 10 in Zone 3.
Raccoon trapping season opened Oct. 15 statewide.
Beaver and otter trapping seasons vary based on unit and your residency status. See page 52 of the Hunting and Trapping Digest.

Opossum, weasels and skunks can be taken year-round with a valid license.
See the Hunting and Trapping Digest for bag limits and additional regulations for fur harvesting in Michigan.

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