Can I Hunt with an AR-15 in Michigan? 

Can I Hunt with an AR-15 in Michigan? 

Hunting with an AR-15 type rifle in Michigan is legal, provided you comply with caliber and magazine capacity restrictions applicable to the area you hunt in. For example, I personally have hunted whitetail deer with a .450 Bushmaster on an AR-15 platform in Southern Michigan. It is essential that hunters are aware of state regulations – and that they fully comply with these regulations. Otherwise, criminal charges could result, including an arrest. If this has happened to you, you should have a skilled Michigan criminal defense attorney that knows wildlife enforcement law (hunting and fishing laws) representing you at all stages of the proceedings. 

At the Law Office of John Freeman, we can help defend you against a citation – or a criminal charge – and help you obtain the best possible result in your case by aggressively advocating for your legal rights and interests. 

For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Michigan, please call us at 248-629-1413 or contact us online for more information. 

Hunting Regulations in Michigan 

When hunters go out into the wild, they are responsible for knowing, understanding, and following various Michigan Hunting Laws. For example, hunters must be aware of: 

• Relevant licensing requirements 

• Seasonal regulations, including when it is permissible to hunt and where 

• Clothing requirements 

• Using the proper rifle to hunt 

• Methods for properly transporting a hunting rifle 

Hunters violating these regulations may be subject to fines, arrests, and other severe penalties. 

Hunting with an AR-15 in Michigan 

Deer hunters in Michigan can use an AR-15 style rifle, subject to certain restrictions. Any AR-15 that a hunter uses must satisfy several criteria. Those criteria include all of the following: 

• The rifle must have a barrel length of at least 16 inches 

• The gun must deer-legal caliber 

• The rifle’s magazine can only hold a maximum of five rounds – plus one in the chamber

Safety Precautions When Hunting in Michigan with an AR-15 

When deer hunting anywhere in Michigan, hunters should follow certain safety precautions to have the best possible experience. Those precautions include: 

• Make sure that you are aware of your overall surroundings at all times – not just your target 

• Using only the type of ammunition that the firearm is supposed to fire 

• Wearing hearing protection, safety glasses, and proper clothing while hunting 

• Make sure that you know your target and what lies immediately beyond it 

• Handling your AR-15 (or any firearm) as if it’s loaded – even if it does not have any ammunition 

• Keeping your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot at and destroy your target 

• Maintaining your rifle regularly to ensure that it works appropriately whenever you go to use it 

• Checking the barrel of your rifle for any potential obstructions

• Wearing hunter’s orange clothing 

In a Dispute about Your Hunting Rights? 

Being aware of hunting regulations in Michigan is crucial. If you find yourself in a legal dispute about your hunting rights, you need to contact our gun lawyers at the Law Office of John Freeman immediately to explore your legal rights and potential options. 

For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a knowledgeable Michigan criminal defense lawyer who is also a hunter, please call us at 248-629-1413 or contact us online today.