Starting this fall, Michigan deer hunters will now be required to report their harvest online.
The DNR decided to make the change based on the decline of hunters responding to post–season mail surveys in recent years. “20 years ago, 75 percent of recipients responded to the survey, but in recent years we have seen a response rate consistently under 40 percent,” said Brian Frawley, DNR wildlife biologist. “If we’re going to provide hunters, wildlife managers and the Michigan Natural Resources Commission with timely, accurate data, we need to change how we collect it.”
Hunters are asked to report their kill online at Michigan.gov/dnrharvestreport within 72 hours. Failure to do so could result in a 90–day misdemeanor and or a $50-$500 fine.
Those without efficient internet access may use a family member or friend by giving them the kill tag license number, date of birth, and harvest location to report for the hunter.