For some, hunting at Seney National Wildlife Refuge is an annual event. There are hunters that have been returning to the refuge for over 50 years, initiating the next generation who will hopefully continue the tradition.

Hunter Information

Hunters, if you have comments about hunting on the Seney National Wildlife Refuge please email

Seney National Wildlife Refuge allows hunting as a wildlife management and recreation tool...

Species Permitted and Dates Allowed

Species not listed may not be taken.

Small GameArea AArea BArea C
Ruffed GrouseClosedState SeasonState Season     
American WoodcockClosedState SeasonState Season
Wilson's SnipeClosedState SeasonState Season
Snowshoe HareState SeasonState SeasonState Season


Big GameArea AArea BArea C 
White-tailed Deer (Archery)Late State SeasonState SeasonState Season
White-tailed Deer (Regular Firearms)State SeasonState SeasonState Season
White-tailed Deer (Muzzleloading)State SeasonState SeasonState Season
Black BearClosedState SeasonClosed


 Seney NWR Hunting Map

Hunting is permitted with a valid Michigan hunting license. Trapping is not allowed. In addition to all applicable State regulations, the following refuge regulations apply: 


Special Conditions

  • Baiting and artificial lures are prohibited for all species.
  • The possession of bait is prohibited on the refuge.
  • Only non-toxic shot may be used for hunting ruffed grouse, American woodcock, Wilson's snipe, and snowshoe hare.
  • Dogs may be used to hunt Wilson's snipe, snowshoe hare, ruffed grouse, and American woodcock. The use of dogs to hunt black bear is prohibited.
  • If a wounded animal enters a closed area, call the refuge headquarters, or track it without a firearm.
  • State of Michigan concealed carry permits are not valid in Federal buildings.
  • Special Use Permits are issued for trapping nuisance species per management needs.  Contact the refuge headquarters for details - (906) 586-9851. 

Closed to Hunting

Vehicle Regulations
  • All-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles are prohibited.
  • Vehicles are allowed on refuge roads when gates are open. No off-road travel is allowed with any motorized vehicle.
  • Park along roads leaving room for vehicles to pass and do not block gates. Beware of soft shoulders and steep banks.
Shelter and Stand Regulations 
  • Portable tree stands are permitted. Only one stand per hunter is allowed and it must be removed by the end of the season.
  • No screw in steps or any objects that penetrate through the bark of a tree are allowed.
  • Free standing ground blinds built of manufactured materials must be removed at the close of hunting season.
  • Blinds and stands must be clearly marked, and readable from the ground, with the owner's name and address.
  • Cutting of any part of shrubs or standing trees (dead or alive) for any purpose is prohibited.
Camping Regulations
  • During the regular firearms season for white-tailed deer, camping is allowed west of the Driggs River within 10 yards of the road. However, no camping is allowed in the Wilderness or Natural Areas. Camping is not allowed during muzzleloader season for white-tailed deer.
  • Free camping permits are required and are valid between November 13 and December 1. To get a camping permit for 2020 registration will be through email or phone.

Camping Permits for 2020

Hunt camp registration will not occur in-person this year. The office is not open due to COVID-19 restrictions.
If you are interested in camping during the 2020 rifle deer season here’s how to register:
Send the following information to Jennifer Wycoff, via email to or text/phone (906) 286-1599:
  • Your name.
  • Number of people in your party.
  • Phone number(s) we can reach you at now and while camping.
  • Arrival and departure dates.
  • Type of camp: Tent, Trailer, Pickup Camper, Other.
  • Vehicle information: make and model of all vehicles using the site.
  • Desired camp location .
Report All Injuries and Accidents
  • All injuries or accidents occurring on the refuge must be reported immediately to the refuge headquarters at (906) 586-9851.

Refuge Signs - Know their Meaning!



Refuge Boundary Signs
National Wildlife Refuge Boundary Sign 2
National Wildlife Refuge Boundary Sign 1
Open to Hunting per Refuge Regulations
 Public Hunting Area
Hunting Prohibited
  No Hunting Zone
Off Limits to the Public
  Area Closed Beyond This Sign
National Wilderness Area Boundary
  Wilderness Boundary
Hunting Brochure