1. How do I apply for the Humbug Marsh lottery deer hunt?

a) You may apply for one Reserved Deer Hunt Access Permit from July 15 – August 15 at any license agent, DNR Customer Service Center, or online at E-License. (See list of hunt dates below.) Under “Select a Category” chose “Deer Reserved Hunt.” It costs $5 to apply. You will need one of the following forms of customer identification:

  • Valid Michigan driver’s license
  • State of Michigan ID card (issued by the Secretary of State)
  • DNR Sportcard (issued through license agents or online at E-License).

b) Applicants are responsible for obtaining a MDNR application receipt that correctly states their Customer ID and hunt choice. Verify all information on the receipt and retain as proof that you applied. Ensure any application errors are corrected before the application deadline. Do not accept a receipt that is not legible. Applicants who submit an invalid application will be ineligible for the drawing.
c) Drawing results will be posted at www.mi.gov/deer on August 31, 2020. Hunters are responsible for checking results on their own.

2. Will there be free leftover Refuge Reserved Deer Hunt Access Permits available after the lottery?

Yes. Any hunter, regardless if they were successfully chosen through the lottery, is eligible for one free leftover DRIWR permit for the 2020 deer season. Leftover DRIWR Reserved Deer Hunt Access Permits, if available, may be obtained on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. ET. They are available at any license agent, DNR Customer Service Center, or online at www.mdnr-elicense.com. There is no fee for this leftover permit. 

3. Am I allowed to hunt with a partner?

Zone A hunts are limited to one hunter only. Do not apply for Zone A with a partner. However, if selected, you may bring another non-hunting individual with you to assist.

Zone B applicants may apply alone OR in a partnership with one other person. The first applicant of each partnership chooses a hunt date and receives a “party ID” number, which is printed on their receipt. A new party ID number is issued each year. The other person in the party will need this party ID when applying to complete the partnership. Verify that the party ID is identical on both applications. If selected, you may NOT add a hunting partner after the application period.

4. Are there special youth hunts?

Yes, the first hunt of the season (October 2-4, 2020) is set aside for youth hunters 16 years of age and younger. Participating hunters must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old. The adult must be a licensed hunter if they also plan to hunt. All participants must wear hunter orange. No baiting allowed.

If selected, youth are permitted at the remaining hunts. Youth aged 10-16 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older. Youth less than 10 that are hunting under the Mentored Youth Hunting License must be accompanied by an adult that is at least 21 years of age. Additional restrictions apply; see www.mi.gov/mentoredhunting for details.

5. How do I know if I am chosen for the hunt through the lottery?

Drawing results will be posted at www.mi.gov/deer on August 31, 2020. Hunters are responsible for looking up results. If chosen for a leftover permit (if available), you will receive your permit at the time of purchase (September 8 at 10 a.m. ET)

6. What are the hunt dates I can chose from?

• Friday, October 2 – Sunday, October 4 (Youth Hunt)
• Friday, October 9 – Sunday, October 11
• Friday, October 16 – Sunday, October 18
• Friday, October 23 – Sunday, October 25
• Friday, October 30 – Sunday, November 1
• Friday, November 6 – Sunday, November 8
• Friday, November 13 – Sunday, November 15* 
• Friday, November 20 – Sunday, November 22*
• Friday, November 27 – Sunday, November 29* 

(*You can use archery equipment during gun season on Nov. 13-15, 20-22, and 27-29 hunt dates. However all state regulations regarding gun season must be followed: Must wear hunters (blaze) orange and may not use a combo kill tag, or regular kill tag to tag an antlerless deer)

7. How many hunts am I eligible for?

a) One three-day hunt through the lottery, if you are selected.
b) One three-day hunt leftover permit, if available.
c) Short answer = two, three-day hunts (six days total).

To harvest antlerless deer during a DRIWR managed deer hunt, you must possess a DRIWR Reserved Deer Hunt Access Permit (through the lottery or as a leftover permit) plus either of the following:

a) Managed Deer Hunt Permit (for $20 each - each hunter allowed 2 for the Humbug hunt)
b) Antlerless deer license for DMU 082
c) Deer or Deer Combo license (Important: Deer or Deer Combo licenses are not valid for DRIWR hunts 0313 – 0318)

Once you use any one of these licenses as a kill tag, it is no longer a valid hunting license.

8. I do not want to use my either sex kill tag on an antlerless deer at Humbug Marsh.

Hunters who have obtained a reserved deer hunt access permit may optionally purchase up to two $20 Managed Deer Hunt permits (kill tags for “Detroit River Fed Refuge”), valid for an antlerless deer only, from any DNR license agent or online at E-License. Managed Deer Hunt permits (and all other kill tags) obtained online will be mailed to the purchaser; allow 7-14 business days for mail delivery. Managed Deer Hunt permits may only be used during your reserved hunt period.

9. How many deer can I take during the hunt(s)?

Consult state regulations. It depends on which licenses/kill tags you possess. You can use any tag you have for DMU 082 that can be used to legally harvest an antlerless deer. For example:
a) Archery license = one antlerless kill tag + two bonus Managed Deer Hunt Permits (antlerless deer kill tags) for $20 each.
b) Combo license = two antlerless kill tags + two bonus Managed Deer Hunt Permits (antlerless deer kill tags) for $20 each.

10. Am I allowed to bring my own tree stand?

No. For the safety of everyone hunting, hunters in Zone A will be assigned two refuge installed ground hunting blinds. Each hunter, or hunting pair, in Zone B will be assigned one refuge installed ground hunting blind and one refuge installed tree stand. Hunters have their choice of which to use during each hunt day. One chair will be provided in each blind. If you plan to hunt with your partner, in the same blind, please bring a second chair. The tree stands hold two hunters.

11. Are there special hunts reserved for hunters with disabilities?

Zone A is reserved for hunters with disabilities. Options include hunting from a personal vehicle (with MDNR permit to hunt from a standing vehicle) or one of the Refuge-installed ground blinds (blind may not be wheelchair accessible). No tree stands are allowed in this zone. Limited to one hunter. Selected hunters may bring another non-hunting individual with you to assist. Leftover permits available for hunters with disabilities only.

An individual wishing to participate in restricted hunting days shall be eligible to apply for a permit if one of the following applies:
a) The individual possesses a Michigan Department of State Disability Parking Placard.
b) The individual possesses a Michigan DNR permit to hunt from a standing vehicle.
c) The individual is a veteran with 100 percent disability as defined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Documentation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs indicating 100 percent disability shall be in the possession of a veteran participating in restricted hunting days.
d) The individual is a resident rated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as individually unemployable. Documentation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs indicating an individually unemployable rating shall be in the possession of a veteran participating in restricted hunting days.
e) The individual is blind as defined by section 1 of 1978 PA 260, MCL 393.351.
f) The individual possesses a Michigan DNR permit to hunt using a laser sighting device.

12. How will I receive information regarding parking, scouting and hunt blind location?

Refuge-specific hunt information will be provided by Detroit River IWR to selected applicants through U.S. Mail after September 8, 2020.

13. Where on the refuge are the hunt zones?

Hunt Zone Descriptions of Areas Open to Hunting:

Zone A* Non-Ambulatory Accessible - Reserved for hunters with disabilities.
Options include hunting from two Refuge-installed ground blinds. Limited to one hunter. Selected hunters will be allowed to bring ONE non-hunting individual to assist. Leftover permits available for hunters with disabilities only.

Zone B Mainland white-tailed deer hunt area, south of the Handler Drain. Limited to four hunters or hunting pairs. Hunting is only allowed from Refuge-installed ground blinds and tree stands. Game retrieval may require a sled or cart. 

2020_Humbug_Marsh Reserved_Deer_Hunt Zone Map

14. I have additional questions, who should I contact?

Visitor Services Manager, Jody DeMeyere, 734-288-6458
Law Enforcement Officer, Doug Briggs, 989-280-2468
Law Enforcement office, Clay Hamilton, 419-707-4514