Hunting in Northern Michigan

The time honored tradition of hunting in Northern Michigan is a key attraction to this area. Year-round residents and weekend visitors alike find a wide array of game for them to pursue. Whitetail deer, turkey, grouse, black bear, woodcock, rabbit, squirrel, geese, duck, and even Elk are among the species actively hunted in Northern Michigan. For many real estate buyers, access to quality hunting opportunities is a top priority. If hunting is important to your search, this page will help direct you to a variety Northern Michigan real estate options.

Private Parcel Hunting

For many buyers, owning your own private hunting parcel is a dream come true. I personally fall into this category, living on an acreage parcel in Petoskey. I vividly understand the allure of enjoying wildlife pursuits from right out your back door. In general, it makes sense to target less developed Northern Michigan communities where acreage pieces are more readily left intact. Communities like Alanson, Indian River, and northern Harbor Springs offer the potential for 10+ acres, while still staying reasonably close to civilization for your staple needs. Of course, if your goal is a true hunting retreat, you may even seek more remote areas. It may be helpful to explore an aerial map of Northern Michigan, and use the radial search tool to identify the specific stretch of land you wish to target. Acreage parcels come up in virtually every town, but will be found in greater frequency in some of the communities identified here.

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Public Access

A lot of hunters want convenient access to hunting, but don’t necessarily need to live amidst their game. Fortunately our area is full of public woodlands, conservancies, and state-protected shoreline that all provide free access to the wild. Thanks to organizations like the Little Traverse Conservancy and Walloon Lake Association, Petoskey has a large variety of nearby protected hunting locations. In addition to the inland hunting options around Petoskey, the southwest shoreline of Pickerel Lake is largely owned by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. This is a great solution for waterfowl hunters looking for a convenient setup close to town. There is no shortage of public hunting lands in Northern Michigan, but Petoskey is a nice, first target for buyers who prefer to be closer to civilization, yet close to hunting options.

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Big Game Enthusiasts

Whitetail deer are the most popular big game species in Northern Michigan, but they are by no means alone. Black Bear are seen with reasonable frequency throughout Emmet & Cheboygan counties. Areas such as Levering, Paradise Lake, and Cheboygan are home to a notable population of bears. Moving southeast, the Elk population has been on the rise in communities like Wolverine & Vanderbilt, in addition to the broader array of Northern Michigan game. If you want the chance to explore big game hunting to the fullest in Northern Michigan, I recommend keeping your search along the eastern edge of Emmet County and through Cheboygan County.

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All Told – Northern Michigan is a Hunter’s Paradise!

Hunting is largely synonymous with Norther Michigan in part because so many communities accommodate the pastime. Though several guidelines and target towns were listed above, in reality any community you chose in Northern Michigan is likely to offer a variety of hunting options in close proximity. If you have very specific goals for your hunting experience in Northern Michigan, give me a call to discuss at (231) 622-1535. I am confident by getting a good sense of your objectives, we can find the right real estate solution for you to get in the woods the way you want!

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