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While activities such as hunting and fishing, either for dietary, spiritual, or other reasons may not be acceptable to an individual, it is an option that can free finances for other matters if one shops for supplies well and is successful outdoors.

Regarding the various rules and regulations listed on this page, I wish to state that I am not a professional in the field of law.

For information on trained hunting animals, including falcons, please see the Service Animals and Pets Page.

Sections: Archery, Areas for Hunting, Fishing, and Practice, Game Processing

Hunting, Trapping, and Fishing Laws, Hunting, Trapping, and Fishing Supplies

Hunting Firearms.
 
 Archery Archery Top

Everything Crossbow (DNR)


 Areas for Hunting, Fishing, and Practice Areas for Hunting and Fishing Top

Freedom Firearms - this store includes a testing range where individuals can rent and practice with certain firearms; as it is located within Battle Creek, it can be reached via public transportation (please see the Local Travel Section on the Transportation Page).

Gourdneck State Game Area (DNR)

Inland Lake Maps by County (DNR)

Kalamazoo Rod and Gun Club
-  a private club with yearly membership drawings; the ranges for archery and firearms are up a steep road, and could be difficult to not possible to reach for those with difficulty walking or using mobility assistance devices.

Silver Bullet Firearms (located outside of Kalamazoo County) - this establishment provides  gunsmithing, but also allows one to rent certain firearm and try them on their indoor range, which can aid one in selecting a firearm.

Southern Michigan Gun Club - located just outside Kalamazoo County (one street across) in Oshtemo County.

State/Wildlife Game Areas (DNR)

Where to Fish (DNR)



 Game Processing Meat Processing Top

Barrett's Smokehouse

Benchmade

Buck Knives


Cabela's

Cold Steel

CRKT

Galesburg Meat Company

KA-BAR

Kershaw

Knife Education and Safety - American Knife and Tool Institute (AKTI)


SOG




 
Hunting, Trapping, and Fishing Laws Hunting, Trapping, and Fishing
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Along with those that can be found with the resources below, there may be additional firearm regulations, in general or specific to your area, that must also be adhered to.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) - This is the Federal organization that oversees firearm statutes.

Concealed Pistol License Regulations - even accidentally covering a firearm while hunting can constitute a violation of state law

Department of Natural Resource (DNR) - is charged with activities related to caring for Michigan's environment; permits involving fishing, hunting, and similar activities fall within its purview.

Firearm-Related Definitions (Michigan); 750.222

Firearm, Crossbow and Bow and Arrow Rules (DNR)

Firearm Laws of Michigan - October 2013 publication. In addition to Federal firearm laws, Michigan has firearm regulations of its own which must be followed as well.

Fishing (DNR)

Hunter Education Course (DNR) - mandatory if born after 1959.

Hunters with Disabilities (DNR) - located at the bottom of the page.

Hunting, Trapping, and Rifle/Shotgun Zones (DNR)

Hunting and Trapping (DNR)

Lawful Fishing Methods (DNR)

Michigan State Police Legal Update No. 86 - information about open carry of firearms.

National Instant Criminal Background Check System - a system used to evaluate individuals seeking to purchase a firearm.

Pistol License Regulations



 
Hunting, Trapping, and Fishing Supplies Hunting and Fishing Supplies Top

Safety wear can be found under the Protective Equipment Section on the Career Page.

Allen - a maker of various hunting supplies, including transportation cases.

Bullets and Barrels

D&R Sports Center

Dick's Sporting Goods - in addition to such items as hunting and fishing gear, the store has an indoor archery range for testing bows.

Dunham's Sports

Freedom Firearms - this store includes a testing range where individuals can rent and practice with certain firearms; as it is located within Battle Creek, it can be reached via public transportation (please see the Local Travel Section on the Transportation Page).

Gander Mountain

GunVault - manufactures small handgun safes, including ones requiring fingerprint reading for access.

Master Lock - carries cable and trigger locks.

MC Sports

Omega Safety Systems - sells a notably difficult-to-defeat internal gun lock.

On Target Guns - of note is that this is the only store I know of in Kalamazoo County with a dedicated gunsmithing facility.

Poly-Choke - manufacturers an adjustable choke that allows a shotgun to alter its pattern quickly, as opposed to taking time removing and inserting different chokes.

Project ChildSafe - provides a free firearm safety kit, including gun lock.

Silver Bullet Firearms (located outside of Kalamazoo County) - this establishment provides  gunsmithing, but also allows one to rent certain firearm and try them on their indoor range, which can aid one in selecting a firearm.

ZCORR Products - sells a firearm storage bags containing a corrosion-impeding inner layer.



 
Hunting Firearms Manufacturers of Firearms (Food Page) Top

These manufacturers have been selected with consideration to quality, ease of use (for both left- and right-handed individuals), and price. Of note is that items can be around $100 less than the suggested retail prices on the websites; used firearm are also an option that can save money, although I suggest researching and having them examined by a gunsmith before use. Regardless, quality firearms, even if an excellent value, will virtually always have a cost of at least several hundred dollars.

However, there are many more firearm manufacturers in existence, and should one choose to take an interest, it is advised one look at numerous models and various calibers, and, if possible, try shooting (with different types of ammunition loads) them before making a purchase.

Ultimately, one should select what works best with them, regardless of of caliber, firearm dimensions, model/manufacturer, age, gender, size, disability, or many other factors; however, the safety and soundness of both the firearms and how it is handled is paramount.

NRA Safety Guide

NSSF Safety Section


In addition, safety gear can be found under the Protective Equipment Section on the Career Page.

H&R 1871 - among other items, produces affordable single-shot shotguns.

Mossberg - a well-known firearm manufacturer; if affordable, its combination shotgun sets (which come with two types of barrels) can allow one a wider range of hunting options for less than if the second barrel was purchased separately.

Savage Arms - produces left- and right-hand versions of their Mark II series .22 LR bolt-action rifle.

Stoeger - manufactures side-by-side and over-and-under shotguns.