HUNTING IN DELTA COUNTY
Delta County and the surrounding Bays de Noc provide a wonderful and diverse habitat for some of Michigan’s most exciting game species. You can fill all your tags and bags in one centralized location.
Bear hunting is another popular pursuit in Delta County. Our berry patches and woodlands produce big healthy Black Bears that roam the swamps and woods almost all year-long. It is not uncommon for locals to see bears and their tracks out in the woods. Some of these brutes end up on the walls of Delta County hunting camps, but there are still plenty of them out there waiting for you to hunt.
SMALL GAME HUNTING
There are many stands of timber that provide a varied habitat for grouse, pheasants, woodcock, and more small games. When the flights are down from Canada, our woodcock hunting can be phenomenal as these little rockets rest upon our woodlots before their long trip across the water. Rabbits and squirrels are often under-hunted in Delta County. Large maple and beech forests with low land for small game ensures an abundance of all species. Bring your dogs and have a blast chasing the elusive Snowshoe Hare the “Ghost of the Northwoods.” When small game is your quest, check out the mead lands open to hunting and some of the State and National Forest under timber management.
When it comes to waterfowl, Delta County provides the best recipe for success in Upper Michigan. There is a tremendous opportunity to hunt flight ducks in our bays and marshes. Early season hunting also provides an ample crop of Mallards and local Wood Ducks. Areas such as the mouth of the Rapid and Whitefish River, as well as Portage Bay, offer rewarding hunts.
Wild Turkey’s are known to flourish in the oak and beech habitats of Delta County. You can commonly find these birds on the side of the road or grazing in open fields. These critters have made an incredible comeback, and Michigan is 4th in the nation for turkey harvest.
Our Federal and State Forest lands combined with private and corporate land open to hunting offer plenty of opportunities for a kill. With some of the highest deer density per square mile in the U.P., you have high odds of a successful hunt. The buck poles at many deer camps can attest that Delta County produces some monster bucks every year. The best bets are Western Delta County or near the farmlands of Menominee County.