Hunting and Trapping

​​​Oakland County Parks and Recreation offers annual archery deer hunting and biennial managed deer hunting opportunities in order to manage deer densities at ecologically-sustainable levels within the parks system. Beaver trapping is offered on an as-needed basis to prevent beaver damage to ecosystems and infrastructure.

A managed deer hunt will take place at Addison Oaks and Independence Oaks county parks this fall. See details below.

Hunter Safety ​Classes

Deer – Archery

Limited public deer archery hunting is allowed at six Oakland County Parks. At Addison Oaks County Park hunting is restricted to Addison Oaks-East and at Independence Oaks County Park it is restricted to Independence Oaks- North. Hunting rules are listed in the individual park archery maps below. OCPR and Michigan Department of Natural Resources hunting rules and regulations are strictly enforced.

DNR Hunting Digests

Addison Oaks East A​rchery Map
Highland Oaks Archery Map
Independence Oaks North Archery Map
Lyon Oaks Archery Map
Orion Oaks Archery Map
Rose Oaks Archery Map


Please help Oakland County Parks track the deer population by reporting the deer you take:

Deer Harvest Report Form​

Prevent the spread of oak wilt by not cutting or breaking branches or piercing bark on oak trees. This deadly disease, which is rapidly spreading through Oakland County, infects oaks through any wound on the tree, then spreads underground to adjacent trees. Consider not placing blinds in oak trees to avoid any chance of bark damage.

Deer – Managed Firearms Hunt

A lottery-based controlled deer hunt is held biennially at Addison Oaks and Independence Oaks county parks. Firearm deer hunting within the parks system is permitted only during these hunts, as authorized by the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission. Interested hunters may enter the lottery using the application forms on the website during that hunting year. Addison Oaks and Independence Oaks are closed to the public on dates designated for controlled deer hunts. Dates are posted on the website in advance of the hunt.

2018 Managed Hunt

After a three-year hiatus, the managed hunt will be held again this fall. Several changes have been made to the hunt in 2018:

  • Hunters will now be able to keep their deer.
  • Hunts will be held in the morning, from sunrise -10:30 a.m.
  • Mandatory orientation sessions will be held during evening sessions before the hunts.

If you’d like to participate, please submit the form below; paper copies can be found at the Oakland County Parks Administrative Office and at the Addison Oaks and Independence Oaks offices.

2018 Managed Deer Hunt Lottery Application

Forms must be received by Friday, October 5. Participants will be chosen by random lottery. For questions regarding the managed hunt, contact Volunteer Services at

Addison Oaks         Independence Oaks
Tues. Nov. 20 Wed. Nov. 21
Tues. Nov 27 Wed. Nov. 28
Thurs. Nov 29 Fri. Nov. 30

Beaver Trapping

The need for recreational beaver trapping at select Oakland County Parks is determined by lake elevation data, number and location of active dams and lodges within park boundaries, hydrological requirements of rare park wetland communities and impacts of beaver activity on adjacent private parcels and built infrastructure. When a need for trapping is determined, an invitation lottery is initiated.

Beaver Trapping Rules

Beaver Information

Your help is important in keeping Oakland County Parks safe, clean and well maintained. Report park incidents, accidents or vandalism to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office at 248-858-4950