April hunting and trapping opportunities

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April hunting and trapping opportunities

Right now, under the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order, you may leave the house to engage in outdoor activities like hunting and trapping, as long as you keep it local and always stay at least 6 feet from people who don't live in your household. For more on efforts to protect public health and safety, follow the DNR COVID-19 response page and Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

Turkey hunting can be a great opportunity for people to get outside, and a good distraction.

Spring turkey hunting kicks off April 18

There are expanded spring turkey hunting opportunities this year, with the opener beginning on April 18.

You can still hunt turkey this spring, even if you missed the application period.

  • Hunt 0234 is a statewide hunting license valid for public and private lands,
    except public lands in Unit ZZ (southern Lower Peninsula).
  • Hunt 0234 license is valid from May 1 to May 31. 
  • Hunt 0234 license will be sold as a leftover license with no quota and can be
    purchased throughout the entire spring turkey hunting season.

Check leftover license availability and learn more about spring turkey hunting at Michigan.gov/Turkey

Fur harvesting

2019 fur harvester


Coyote hunting is open year-round, statewide.


Beaver and otter* trapping seasons are open through April 12 in Units A and B.

*Please be aware that the otter registration deadline has been extended for fur harvesters. With the governor’s "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order currently in place, fur harvesters are encouraged to stay at home and, once the order is lifted, bring their animals in for registration at that time.

See the 2019 Fur Harvester Digest for season dates, unit boundaries, bag limits and other regulations.

Catch up on Wildtalk Podcast episodes

Now is a great time to catch up on any Wildtalk podcast episodes you've missed!

On the Michigan DNR's Wildtalk podcast, released on the first of each month, Wildlife Division staff chew the fat and shoot the scat about all things habitat, feathers and fur. With insights, interviews and listener questions answered on the air, you'll come away with a better picture of what's happening in the world of Michigan's wildlife.

Curious to learn more about the podcast? Take a look at our "Showcasing the DNR" story Behind the scenes of the 'Wildtalk' podcast.

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or at Michigan.gov/Wildlife.

Find show notes and episode transcripts on our Wildtalk Podcast page.

Need a place to hunt?


Check out our Grouse Enhanced Management Sites for premier bird hunting locations.

HAP lands ►

Find a complete list of private lands available to hunt through the Hunting Access Program.


Find places to hunt using Mi-HUNT – a mapping tool that shows lands open to public hunting.


Contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-WILD (9453).