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The Michigan DNR is looking at updating its rules for trapping and hunting bobcats in the state. They say population increases will support extensions and additions to the seasons. The proposal is to be discussed at a meeting near Lansing on February 10th. Here’s Bridge Michigan’s summary of the major elements of the proposed changes:

  • An 11-day hunting season from Dec. 10 to Dec. 20 and a trapping season from Jan. 1, 2023, to Jan. 11, 2023, with a one-bobcat per season bag limit, in the following southern Lower Peninsula counties: Muskegon, Montcalm, Gratiot, Saginaw, Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Clinton and Shiawassee.
  • The northern Lower Peninsula would have a trapping season from Dec. 10 to Dec. 29 and a hunting season from Jan. 1, 2023, to Jan. 20, 2023. The bag limit would be one per season.
  • The Upper Peninsula would have a trapping season from Dec. 1 to Feb. 1, 2023, and a hunting season from Jan.y 1, 2023, to March 1, 2023. The bag limit is one per season unless the hunter or trapper receives a second license to catch another bobcat on private property.

Bridge Michigan’s full story is here: https://www.bridgemi.com/michigan-environment-watch/michigan-moves-expand-bobcat-hunting-other-states-eye-restrictions.

The full text of the proposal to be considered at the meeting is available from the BIA website here: https://www.beaverislandassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Proposed-Furbearer-Regulations.pdf. The agenda for the meeting is here: https://www.beaverislandassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/DNR-Natural-Resources-Cmmission-Meeting-Agenda-for-February-10-2022.pdf.