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Tuesday, 17 September 2013 10:17

September offers youth, small game, woodcock, and turkey seasons

(AREA) -- The Fall hunting season is here. The small game season opened Saturday, September 15. The long-awaited ruffed grouse season will kick into full gear, with hunters from all around Michigan and beyond hitting the forest with their dogs to flush a grouse. Squirrels and rabbits are also species that can be pursued during small game season, and fall turkey season kicked off last weekend as well. September 21 marks the opening day of woodcock season, when thousands of hunters will be on the quest for the famous "timberdoodle." The DNR reminds hunters to make sure they know the bag limits and shooting hours of the species they are hunting by picking up a 2013 Hunting and Trapping Digest wherever licenses are sold. Most hunters can hunt some small game for about 6-months with a $15 resident small game license. Non-residents, youth and seniors should refer to the digest for license information. Michigan deer hunting seasons of 2013 are set for September 21-22. Youth, antlerless deer hunters, and 100-percent disabled veterans all will be taking to the woods to bag the first venison of the season where it is legal. Information about those hunts is also included in the hunting and trapping digest. Youth 16 and younger will be able to hunt for antlered or antlerless deer on both public and private land for the two days of the youth hunt. Mentored youth licenses are available for $7.50 for youth 9 and younger, and youth who have not taken hunter safety can hunt under an apprentice license.