The Start of Fall is almost here and it's time to get back out and take advantage of small game hunting in Michigan.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources has listed the seasons for various small game hunting opportunities through out the state.  A base license is required to hunt small game and can be purchased online at E-license or anywhere licenses are sold.

Seasons begin This Week for Rabbits, Squirrels and Ruffed Grouse.  Check out the DNR  for more details on the season outlook.

The following week sees the start of Woodcock season.  Don't forget along with the base license you need a free woodcock stamp to hunt woodcock.

As the calendar rolls over to October, hunting seasons begin on October 10th for Sharp Tailed Grouse( In the Eastern U.P.) and Pheasants (in the Upper Peninsula).   Lower Michigan will see Pheasant season start on the 20th of October and December 1st in portions of Southern Michigan.

Quail season also begins on October 20th and can be hunted only in Branch, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Huron, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Kent, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Montcalm, Oakland, Saginaw, St. Clair, St. Joseph, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Tuscola, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

If you need more information on the various small game seasons or on animal limits you can check out the 2016 Hunting and Trapping Digest.  You can also see Hunting and Trapping section at the DNR site.