2012 Antlerless Deer Hunting License Information
About the Anterless Deer Hunting License
This license entitles residents and nonresidents 10 and older to take an antlerless deer or a deer with antlers less than three inches in length within the deer management unit specified on the license. There are two types of antlerless deer hunting licenses: public-land and private-land.
- A public-land antlerless deer hunting license is valid for taking antlerless deer from public lands (including state, federal and county lands) open to hunting within the deer management unit (DMU) specified on the license or on lands within the DMU that are enrolled as Commercial Forest lands.
- A private-land antlerless deer hunting license is valid only for taking antlerless deer from any privately owned lands within the deer management unit specified on the license with permission of the landowner. To purchase a private-land antlerless license, the phone number of the landowner is required. A private-land license is not valid on public or Commercial Forest lands.
Antlerless deer licenses are valid during all deer seasons with hunting equipment appropriate for the season and hunting zone. The antlerless deer license is a stand-alone hunting license. No additional license is necessary to be legally afield. It is illegal to use an antlerless deer license to tag a deer with antlers three inches or more in length.
Youth under 14 years of age may hunt with archery and crossbow equipment on public
or private lands or with a firearm on private or Commercial Forest lands only. Hunters
under the age of 10 must be licensed through the Mentored Youth Hunting Program and
accompanied by a qualified mentor.
All hunters wishing to hunt antlerless deer on public land or Commercial Forest Land
must have a public-land antlerless license during the firearm deer seasons.
For additional details, see the 2012 Antlerless Deer Hunting Units Map and related information in the 2012 Antlerless Deer Hunting Digest.
Multi-County Antlerless Deer Licenses
Multi-county private-land licenses will be available in DMU 486 and 487. Private-land licenses are no longer available for individual DMUs within DMU 486 and 487. Public-land licenses are available for individual DMUs within DMU 486 and 487.
DMU 486 is a multi-county DMU created to facilitate antlerless deer harvest in the southern Lower Peninsula (see antlerless deer hunting units map). A private-land antlerless deer license for DMU 486 is valid, with the landowner's permission, for private-land hunting in DMUs 003, 008, 009, 011, 012, 013, 014, 019, 023, 025, 029, 030, 032, 033, 034, 037, 038, 039, 041, 044, 046, 047, 054, 056, 059, 061, 063, 070, 073, 075, 076, 078, 079, 080, 081, 162 and 173.
DMU 487 is a multi-county DMU created to address bovine tuberculosis in the deer herd in the northeast Lower Peninsula (see antlerless deer hunting units mapp). A private-land antlerless deer license for DMU 487 is valid, with the landowner's permission, for private-land hunting in DMUs
001, 004, 035, 060, 068, 071, 135 and 452. A combination or firearm deer license can be used to harvest antlerless or antlered deer in DMU 487 during the firearm and muzzleloading seasons.
If you are selected in the drawing or wish to purchase a private-land license without application or a leftover license, you may purchase your hunting license online at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings or from any license agent. The telephone number of the private landowner is required.
All licenses must be signed to be valid. Your signature on the license certifies that you meet applicable residency and hunter-safety requirements to purchase a Michigan hunting license.
Make sure the information on your license is accurate. Licenses may not be altered or transferred.
After the drawing, leftover antlerless deer licenses will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis beginning September 10 at 10 a.m. Remaining licenses may be viewed at
www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings. Licenses will be sold until the quota is met in each DMU.
Antlerless Deer License Purchase Limits (Per Hunter)
Licenses will be sold until the quota is met in each DMU.
Daily Purchase Limit
|Private land in DMU 486 and DMU 487
Public land in DMU 452
|5 licenses per day*
|All other antlerless licenses
||2 licenses per day*
*In total, no more than 5 licenses per day may be purchased statewide.
Season Purchase Limit
|Public land in DMUs 012, 034, 039, 041, 044, 076, 078, 079 & 080
|Public land statewide (excluding DMUs 012, 034, 039, 041, 044, 076, 078, 079 & 080)
||No limit until quota is met
|Private land in DMU 487
|Private land statewide
(excluding DMU 487)
Junior Anterless Deer Hunting Licenses
Young hunters, ages nine to 16, may purchase one junior antlerless deer license
over the counter July 15 through August 15; however, a nine-year-old must be 10
by September 15, 2012 to purchase this license. No application fee or drawing is
required. This license is available only in Deer Management Units (DMUs) with a
quota for antlerless licenses. This license may be purchased for either public land or
private land, not both. Also see section "Firearm Hunting Rules for Youth Hunters."
Nonresidents, ages 10 to 16, are allowed to purchase resident licenses.