Michigan Hunt update: elk and bear

Share or view as webpage  |  Update preferences

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Pure Michigan Hunt graphic with elk silhouette

An amazing year of hunting

Pure Michigan Hunt applications are on sale from March 1 to Dec. 31. You could get a prize package worth thousands, as well as licenses for elk, bear, spring and fall turkey and antlerless deer, plus the first pick at a managed waterfowl hunt area. Read more below about what our most recent Pure Michigan Hunt recipients are up to as they prep for the elk and bear hunts.

Enter online ►

Ready to pick up some Pure Michigan Hunt applications for you or somebody else? Click on the button above to get them online (and for information about buying applications for someone other than yourself).


Enter in store ►

Don't want to get your applications online? Click the button above for a county map that lists all stores throughout the state where you can buy licenses, including Pure Michigan Hunt applications. 


Annual reports ►

Each $5 Pure Michigan Hunt application helps fund Michigan wildlife habitat restoration and management. Learn more about what your hunting license and application dollars are accomplishing.

Pure Michigan Hunt recipients gear up for elk and bear hunting

Elk and bear seasons are upon us, and the three most recent Pure Michigan Hunt recipients are gearing up to hit the woods. Because of the unique status of their licenses, they are allowed to hunt for elk and bear in any open unit, during that unit's open season, and are not limited to a specific open hunt period. 

Jesse Jubb of Bath has guides lined up and is ready to hit the woods: "I went out with him one morning and we saw 13 elk total; seven were small bulls. I won't start until the last four days of September because I'll be hunting the Baldwin area for bear." 

Greg Burks of White Lake, also excited to head out on his elk hunt, attended the Aug. 26 elk orientation held by the DNR. He has a guide lined up and is looking to bag his elk the second week of the first hunt period. 

John Murphy of Lapeer said, "I'm headed up to Gaylord and can't wait to get there!" He plans to hunt all periods until he is successful in both elk and bear and promised to share photos of his successful hunts. 

If you want your shot at jealous hunters following your adventures next year, visit Michigan.gov/PMH and pick up an application or two for the next drawing, which will take place in January 2020.

Avoid giving invasive species a ride by cleaning mud, seeds and debris from vehicles, gear and clothing. Find out how you can take action at Michigan.gov/Invasives.