Column: Hunting Safety

October 23, 2013

By Sen. Joe Hune

Hunting is a favorite tradition and pastime of many Michigan families.

With an abundance of game animals and birds, Michigan attracts more hunters than any other state because our great outdoors offer something to interest every hunter.

Safe hunting begins with hunter education, which has had a dramatic impact on reducing hunting incidents in Michigan. Hunting is safe and getting safer!

Thankfully Michigan’s hunting season in 2012 was the safest in the last several years. In fact, during the last five years hunting incidents have been cut by more than half.

To help ensure a safe season, hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1960 are required to complete a hunter education course before buying a Michigan hunting license or taking an out-of-state hunting trip. Exceptions include youths under age 10 hunting under a mentored youth hunting license or sportsmen hunting with an apprentice license.

There are three types of hunter education courses allowed in Michigan – a traditional classroom, a home-study and a state–approved online course that can be taken in a few hours.

The next courses offered in person are Nov. 11, 12, 13 and 14 at the Marion Township Hall, 2877 W. Coon Lake Road., Howell. Feel free to call the Township Hall for specific class times at 517-546-1588.

For more information about hunter education or for more details about one of the area classes, please visit: 

As always, feel free to contact my office at 1-855-JOE-HUNE, or email us at My staff will be happy to assist you.


Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.