Rifle season begins Monday.

November 12, 2021

– DNR photo

Rifle season begins Monday.

Firearm deer hunting season kicks off Monday, Nov. 15, and continues through Nov. 30.

Hunters are reminded to use caution. Cold weather is expected, and hunters should make sure to dress appropriately and wear hunter’s orange. With the high-powered rifles hunters use, it is extremely important to ensure there is a backstop behind their shots, advised Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast. Every year there are accidents, and using proper safety measures can limit the number of accidents that could occur.

“Abide by property rights,” said Sheriff Mast. “If the deer goes onto someone’s property, get permission from the property owner.”

Non-hunters should also use caution over the next two weeks. Motorists need to be on the lookout for deer, because the animals are on the move. The rut — deer breeding season — coupled with hunting season triggers increased deer movement. Dog owners should be cautious, particularly on opening day, and should consider leaving their pets inside. Walkers should wear bright-colored clothing to ensure safety.

Hunters can purchase deer hunting licenses over the counter at a DNR license retailer.  

Deer hunters can choose from a regular deer hunting license or a deer combo license, which allows hunters the opportunity to harvest two bucks, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Universal antlerless hunting licenses are also available for purchase and can be used across deer management units in the Lower Peninsula and parts of the Upper Peninsula. Find season regulations and bag limits in the 2021 Hunting Digest.  

“While you’re at it, grab a Pure Michigan Hunt application,” states the DNR. ”Winners of the Pure Michigan Hunt receive licenses to hunt elk, bear, and spring and fall turkey and first pick at a managed waterfowl hunt area. Plus, a prize package with gear and gadgets for every hunting trip. There is no limit to the amount of Pure Michigan Hunt applications you can buy. Visit Michigan.gov/PMH to learn more and apply.”

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