Carrying A Pistol While Bow Hunting

Can You Carry A Pistol While Bow Hunting In Michigan?

If you have a Concealed Pistol License in Michigan, you can carry concealed or open. If you do not have a CPL, you cannot conceal carry. When carrying a handgun without a CPL, handguns must be carried in plain view. You may not take any game with a handgun while bow hunting.

A rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader, or bow may be of limited use when in an defense situation. More states are allowing hunters, including archery, to legally carry a handgun for personal defense. If you are trained and comfortable using a gun for defensive purposes, then you should carry one while hunting, same as you would any other time.


Handgun Regulation for Non CPL Holders

  • Individuals must be at least 18 years of age to hunt with or possess a handgun.
  • Handguns cannot be borrowed or loaned to another person other than provided for under the CPL.
  • Handguns must be carried in plain view.
  • Carrying a handgun in a holster in plain view is permitted.