Male white-tailed deer with antlers in velvet standing in the marsh.

Migratory bird hunting, upland game hunting and big game hunting were expanded in 2015. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan has some of the most storied and traditional hunting camp traditions in the country, with hunters often erecting canvas tents and large cook stoves in the middle of the big woods. This tradition lives on at Seney NWR, where some hunters have been coming for 50 years or more. The deer are not as numerous as in some places, but hunters here know that pursuing white-tails in the big woods is some of the finest sport available. About 75,000 acres of the refuge's 95,000 acres are open to hunting. Hunters here know that less traditional forms of hunting like baiting and ATVs are prohibited, and they can expect a solitary experience. If there is heavy snow, deer move through the refuge en route to their winter yards. Dedicated hunters may also return for a snowshoe hunt of hare or grouse. Woodcock or black bear may be hunted earlier in the fall (Sept. - Oct.)

Hunting on the refuge is popular with local residents and many visitors. Take advantage of ruffed grouse, American woodcock, Wilson’s snipe, snowshoe hare, white-tailed deer and black bear hunting during state seasons. There are three hunting units on the refuge. Hunting Area A encompasses approximately 47,450 acres in the center of the refuge. Area B encompasses approximately 34,965 acres and includes most of the Wilderness Area and the northern portion of the refuge. Area C encompasses approximately 3,700 acres of the south east section of the refuge. Please see the hunting brochure for specific details.

Related Documents
2023 Seney National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Press Release
Attention Hunters

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding has provided an opportunity to do work needed to reduce fuel loads and maintain firebreaks on the refuge. Some of this work may occur during rifle deer season along roads that are open to hunters and hunt camps.


Hunt Brochure Seney National Wildlife Refuge

This hunting brochure, published in 2023, is valid until a new version is released.