2013-01-17 / Outdoors

Bobcat season now underway in state

U.P. season will run from Jan.1 - March 1


Above, a bobcat is shown recently in the backyard of area residents Richard and Sally Munson. Recently, the DNR announced the start of bobcat hunting season. At right, a DNR map shows the units now able to hunt bobcats. Above, a bobcat is shown recently in the backyard of area residents Richard and Sally Munson. Recently, the DNR announced the start of bobcat hunting season. At right, a DNR map shows the units now able to hunt bobcats. LANSING – Those interested in hunting a bobcat can now participate in the season in select areas of the state.

Bobcat hunting seasons:

Units A (all of the Upper Peninsula except Drummond Island), B and C: Jan. 1 – March 1.

Unit D: Jan. 1 – Feb. 1

The season bag limit for bobcat is two per person. Only one bobcat may be taken from units C or D combined; only one may be taken from unit B.

All those who hunt and trap furbearing animals, including those who trap or hunt on their own enclosed farmland or private property, must have a valid fur harvester license. This license allows the license-holder to hunt fox, bobcat, coyote or raccoon, and trap badger, bobcat, fisher, marten, fox, coyote, weasel, mink, raccoon, muskrat, beaver, otter, skunk or opossum.


Courtesy photos Courtesy photos Hunting bobcats also requires a free kill tag, available from license agents or by contacting any DNR operations service center.

Those 17 years of age and older must possess a valid fur harvester license. A junior resident fur harvester-trap only license is available to youth 10-16 years old without hunter safety training. Youth under 10 years old may trap furbearers as licensed through the Mentored Youth Hunting Program.

All successful hunters must register their harvest at select DNR offices. If harvested in Units A, B or C, the animal must be registered on or before March 11, 2013; if harvested in Unit D, then on or before Feb. 11, 2013. Please call ahead to make sure staff is available for registering.

For more information on bobcat hunting, visit www.michigan.gov/DNR.

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