Michigan Muzzleloader Hunting Season

During the Michigan Muzzleloader Hunting Season in December, muzzleloading deer hunters can carry afield and use only a crossbow (except in the Upper Peninsula) or a muzzleloading rifle, a muzzleloading shotgun, or a black powder handgun loaded with black powder or a commercially manufactured black powder substitute. Only certified hunters with a disability may use a crossbow or a modified bow during the muzzleloading season in the Upper Peninsula, all during the Michigan Muzzleloader Hunting Season.

Michigan Muzzleloader Hunting Season

Muzzleloading:Zone 1: Dec. 1-10, 2017

Zone 2: Dec. 1-10, 2017

Zone 3: Dec. 1-17, 2017

For more information please visit Michigan.gov‘s site.



Michigan Muzzleloader Hunting Season


Michigan Muzzleloader Hunting Season Calendar

View a calendar of all hunting-related events taking place throughout the year (i.e. special events and activities).

Note: Seasons marked with an * indicate the season dates are the same each year.


  • Early Antlerless Firearm: Sept. 16-17, 2017
  • Liberty Hunt: Sept. 16-17, 2017
    • Youth and Hunters With Disabilities Hunt
  • Independence Hunt: Oct. 19-22, 2017
    • Hunters With Disabilities Hunt
  • *Archery: Oct. 1 – Nov. 14, 2017 and Dec. 1, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018
  • *Regular Firearm: Nov. 15-30, 2017
  • Muzzleloading:
    • Zone 1: Dec. 1-10, 2017
    • Zone 2: Dec. 1-10, 2017
    • Zone 3: Dec. 1-17, 2017
  • Late Antlerless Firearm: Dec. 18, 2017 – Jan.1, 2018

Elk: See season dates in the Michigan Elk Hunting Digest

*Pheasant (male only):

  • Zone 1 (partial): Oct. 10-31
  • Zone 2, 3: Oct. 20 – Nov. 14
  • Zone 3 (partial): Dec. 1 – Jan. 1

*Quail: Oct. 20 – Nov. 14

*Ruffed Grouse: Sept. 15 – Nov. 14 and Dec. 1 – Jan. 1

*Sharp-tailed Grouse: Oct. 10-31

*Squirrel – Fox and Gray (black phase included): Sept. 15 – Mar. 1

*Waterfowl: See season dates section in the Waterfowl Hunting Digest

Wild Turkey

  • Fall Season: Sept. 15 – Nov. 14, 2017 (see Fall Turkey Digest for applicable units)

*Opossum, porcupine, weasel, red squirrel, skunk, ground squirrel, woodchuck, feral swine, feral pigeons, starling and house sparrows may be taken year-round with a valid Michigan hunting license.

*It is highly recommended that the 2014 Michigan Hunting and Trapping Digest, or other species-specific hunting digests be consulted for a more complete list of dates and regulations regarding each hunt period.

This information is subject to change, for more information visit: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr

Have Michigan Muzzleloader Hunting Season Questions?

Muzzleloader Hunting season is the best time to shoot the biggest deer before they are spooked by the regular gun season. If you are new to muzzleloaders or would like more information on your states muzzleloader hunting regulations make sure to give us a call. Knight Rifles is focused on promoting black powder hunting in all states across the USA and can help you determine when your particular states hunting season starts. If you have questions about Michigan Muzzleloader Hunting Season, please call us at 1-866-518-4181 or email us at sales@knightrifles.com.

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