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Sept. 9, 2008

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Michigan’s Small Game Hunting Season Arrives Sept. 15

Hunting season shifts into a higher gear Monday, Sept. 15, as squirrels, rabbits, hares and ruffed grouse become fair game statewide. Department of Natural Resources officials say conditions are right for a good season.

Rabbit and squirrel are numerous almost statewide. Hunters who were successful last year are likely to find good hunting in the same general areas. Rabbit and hare season runs through March 31 with a daily bag limit of five in combination. Squirrel season runs through March 1 with a daily bag limit of five.

Grouse populations, which are cyclical, are on an upswing, said DNR upland game bird specialist Al Stewart.

“We’re into the second or third year of a population increase, so hunters have every reason to be encouraged going into this season,” Stewart said.

Grouse season runs through Nov. 14, closes for the 16-day firearms deer season, then re-opens Dec. 1 through Jan. 1. The daily bag limit is five in the two northern zones of the state, three in southern Michigan.

Woodcock season opens the next Saturday, Sept. 20, and runs through
Nov. 3. The daily bag limit is three.

Pheasant and quail seasons open Oct. 20. The season for both species closes on Nov. 14. In addition, there is a separate pheasant season in a portion of southern lower Michigan that opens on Dec. 1 and extends through Jan. 1, 2009.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.
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