Michigan's game bird hunting preserves are preserving 72,032 acres of open space and farmland with the highest quality of wild game habitat. This habitat not only provides food and cover for game birds, it is used by all species of wildlife. We provide a source of habitat that helps relieve crop damage of local farmers.
Game Bird Hunting Preserves provide high quality birds in appearance and performance. They offer excellent bird hunting areas of sufficient size, with challenging cover to assure fair chase hunts for free ranging birds.
Most preserves offer experienced guides with well trained hunting dogs for your convenience, or you may use your own hunting dog. Hunting preserves prices vary depending on the facilities and services afforded.
Some are open to the public by appointment; others are open to the public by membership only. You need to shop around for the preserve that fits your taste and needs. Whether a new or seasoned hunter looking for those memorable days of fellowship, wanting to tune your hunting dog or a business group planning an outing, a preserve has something to offer you. To gain more information about a particular preserve; click on preserves, click on highlighted business name to go directly to their website.
View/Download the MDNR's publication of "Michigan Licensed Game Bird Hunting Preserves"
Hunting Preserves Seasons
August 15 through April 30 - Non-game species can be hunted anytime.
Hunting License Requirements
All persons (resident or non-resident) hunting on a licensed preserve must have a current Michigan Small Game License or Game Bird Hunting Preserve License, which expires March 31th of each year. There are no daily bag limits for birds, both males and females of all species released may be harvested and hunters orange is required. This applies to all licensed game bird hunting preserves whether open to the public or private use only.
Many of our preserves hold or work with other sporting groups to provide Hunters Safety Courses with hands on in the field training with safety foremost in mind. For that youngster dreaming of that first real bird hunt with his or her parent, preserves will provide the action not soon forgotten, There is no quicker way to discourage a new hunter than to hunt all day and not see any game.