Ok hunters, August is here and it's time to get our scopes sighted in. Rather than going out and buying a few of those plastic targets, just get dinner instead!

Big John's Pizza of Whitehall is bringing back their target printed pizza boxes for another year of fall festivities. Over the last few years they have been a huge hit in the area, not to mention the quality of the pizza!

"We are always looking for things to do that are different so when hunting season came around the first year we had the thought of making our 16” pizza boxes a dual purpose for our fellow hunters. So we have been doing it since from about mid July through mid October each year." -Amy Martell, owner.

You can can snag one of these eco-friendly targets now until late October with any 16" pizza purchase (just remember to take the pizza out before target practice starts)

In case you are curious, Michigan DNR has created an interactive map, MiHUNT, which shows approximate boundaries of lands open to public hunting, including both public hunting land as well as private land open to the public for hunting.

Also don't forget to check out this years issue of Michigan Hunting Digest for zoning information and for a 20% coupon from Dunhams!

Here is a list of all the dates to get out in there

Fall Turkey

  • Season starts Sept. 15.

Small Game

  • Gray and fox squirrel: Sept. 15 – March 31.
  • Cottontail rabbit and snowshoe hare: Sept. 15 – March 31.
  • Ruffed grouse: Sept. 15-Nov. 14 and Dec. 1-Jan. 1.
  • Woodcock: Sept. 22-Nov. 5.
  • Sharp-tail grouse: Oct. 10-31

Deer Hunting

  • Early antlerless firearm season: Sept. 22-23 in select areas.
  • Liberty Hunt: Sept. 22-23 (hunters with disabilities and youth).
  • Independence Hunt: Oct. 18-21 (hunters with disabilities).
  • Archery season: Oct. 1 - Nov. 14 and Dec. 1 - Jan. 1.
  • Regular firearm season: Nov. 15-30.
  • Muzzleloader season: Dec. 7-16 (Zones 1 and 2); Dec. 7-23 (Zone 3).
  • Late anterless firearm season: Dec. 17-Jan. 1 in select areas.

Youth Hunting

In 2017, there were over 700,000 licensed hunters in Michigan, making us third in the country for most registered hunters behind Texas and Pennsylvania.

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