The quality of hunting in Northern Michigan is legendary, while Cadillac offers some particularly unique advantages. Foremost is the huge expanse of public land in the vicinity.
A small game license entitles you to hunt rabbit, snowshoe hare, squirrel (fox and gray), pheasant, ruffed grouse, woodcock, quail, woodchuck, crow, coyote (applies to Michigan residents only) and waterfowl during the open season in the Cadillac area and Wexford County. There is no closed season on opossum, porcupine, weasel, red squirrel, skunk, starling, feral pigeon, English sparrow, ground squirrel and woodchuck.
Wexford County boasts one of the highest wild turkey populations in Northern Michigan and both fall and spring hunting opportunities exist on the permit basis.
Deer hunters galore flock to the Cadillac area for bow hunting, muzzle loading and rifle season, and are rarely disappointed. Black Bear is also included in the big-game list on our 600,000 acres of prime hunting land.
Local Hunting Resources
The local MDNR office is located on Mackinaw Trail, between US-131 BR and M-115, just south of Downtown Cadillac. Call 231-775-9727
Commercial Michigan Hunting Guides linked to the MDNR website
Carl T Johnson Hunting & Fishing Center is located on the west side of Cadillac, across the canal from the Mitchell State Park. We are proud to host one of the seven MDNR Visitors Centers in the State, and the only one that focuses its museum and activities on Hunting & Fishing in our Great State! Call 231-779-1321, located at the intersection of M-115 & North Boulevard, just north of the M-55 & M-115 intersection.
The Huron-Manistee National Forest are the only National Forests in Lower Michigan. The Huron-Manistee National Forests comprise almost a million acres of public lands extending across the northern lower peninsula of Michigan, offering over 90,000 acres in the Cadillac area, the largest single span in the lower peninsula. It provide recreation opportunities for visitors, habitat for fish and wildlife, and resources for local industry. Call (800) 821-6263, located at 1755 South Mitchell street, just south of Downtown on BR US-131.
Area Sportsman's Clubs