Michigan hunters are expected to report a successful hunt within 72 hours of harvesting a deer.
If they don’t, they could face a 90-day misdemeanor and fines that range from $50 to $500.
That’s because harvest reporting falls under a portion of the Wildlife Conservation Order: 3.103 Issuance of deer or elk kill tags; validation of deer or elk kill tag; unlawful acts.
The new rules haven’t even been through their first deer hunting season, but lawmakers are already pushing for change.
House Bill 6354 would knock the penalty down from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction. That means failing to report a successful hunt would end in a ticket and a fine instead of potential jail time.
The bill was sponsored by Rep. Michele Hoitenga, Rep. Mike Harris and Rep. Graham Filler. It was introduced on Aug. 17 and referred to the Committee On Government Operations.