Getting and keeping your hunting license is important. It is a step to enjoy your thrilling hobby and exercise your rights while following Michigan law. This is why it is important to keep track of changes to those laws as they frequently update. The 2022 deer hunting season already has a new harvest requirement. In today’s post, we will review the updates.
What are the latest updates for harvest reporting?
If you harvest a deer this season, lucky you. However, you must file a harvest report with the state directly, and it must occur within 72 hours of the successful harvest. If you are transferring the deer to another party, you must file before that occurs. As with previous years, you must attach a kill tag directly to the deer.
Violation is a CRIME
Whether you think this new requirement is an inappropriate move by overzealous unelected government officials, it remains the law. More specifically, failure to report a harvest is a misdemeanor. That means a criminal offense! According to the Detroit News, on September 21, 2022, the Michigan House Ok’d a “bill to block criminal penalties linked to deer reporting.” However, it remains to be seen whether the bill will be passed by the Senate and signed by the Governor.
What options do I have for reporting my harvest
You have two options for filing the harvest report in Michigan. The first option is to file online with the Department of Natural Resources. You will need your DNR License Number, which is also located on the paper kill tag. The state also offers an app called Michigan DNR Hunt Fish.
A family member can also file the harvest report for you, if they know your DNR License Number, kill tag information and the location of the successful harvest. Deer stations are available on limited dates and scattered throughout the state. They can help with any reporting questions.
What if I want to discuss this update or any hunting and fishing laws?
Remember, an attorney can always discuss hunting and fishing rules and laws with you and discuss your unique set of questions and concerns. There are penalties for the failure to follow Michigan hunting laws. In addition, some counties have unique laws about rifles, so if you are unfamiliar with them, it is advantageous to discuss DNR and hunting with a knowledgeable party. This will ensure that you can just enjoy hunting.
As a side note, if you ever find yourself facing tickets or charges for violations, an attorney can also be an asset. Do not let your constitutional rights be trampled on because you enjoy the hunt.