First Michigan Deer Hunt Of The 2020 Season Is This Weekend


(WWJ) There's a special hunt this weekend — the first deer hunt of the 2020 season — for a select group of hunters in Michigan. 

Michigan’s Liberty Hunt, a firearm deer hunt on private or public lands for youth and hunters with disabilities, is back statewide Sept. 12-13.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says those 16 or younger and eligible hunters with disabilities can join the hunt, sponsored by Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors. 

Something new this year: The weekend is open to hunters who are deaf or hard of hearing, a Liberty Hunt qualification that was added at the request of the DNR Accessibility Advisory Council.

“People with disabilities can experience difficulties with mobility, climbing into a tree stand, sighting in game, hearing game approaching or holding a firearm,” said Hannah Schauer, DNR Wildlife Division education and communications coordinator. “The Liberty Hunt provides opportunities for veterans and others to get outdoors and try a new sport or continue to enjoy one they love.”

A list of qualifying criteria is available in the 2020 Hunting Digest or at

Some locations offer track chairs, elevated hunting blinds or hunting blinds equipped with adaptive gear.

Valid licenses for this hunt include a deer, deer combo or antlerless deer license or a deer management assistance permit. Antler point restrictions do not apply. This hunt’s bag limit is one deer.

For those participating in the Liberty Hunt:

  • Hunters with disabilities may bait now through Sept. 13.
  • In areas of the Upper Peninsula where baiting is legal, youth hunters also may bait now through Sept. 13.
  • In the remainder of the state, youth hunters may not use bait.
  • Additional regulations for all seasons can be found in the 2020 Hunting Digest or at

Hunters of all ages and experience levels are urged to put safety first, the DNR says. Find hunting safety tips and resources at

The next deer hunt on the schedule is Early Antlerless Firearm, Sept. 19-20, 2020. See the full schedule HERE

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