LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – A bill introduced in Lansing would repeal the Michigan Department of Natural Resource’s (DNR) order to require hunters to electronically pin-drop the locations of their harvests via the internet.
Rep. Neil Friske (R-Charlevoix) introduced House Bill 4135 to repeal the DNR’s mandate, and prevent the department from issuing similar orders which he referred to as “requiring unrealistic harvest reports.”
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“Many Northern Michiganders don’t have access to the internet to begin with,” Friske said. “How can they be legally penalized for failing to report their harvests online within three days? This order is impractical and nearly impossible to follow for the many hunters without reliable internet access in Northern Michigan.”
Michigan hunters are required to electronically pin-drop the locations of their harvests via the internet within 72 hours. As it stands, those who disobey the order face the possibility of jail time and/or fines.
“It’s not the duty of the DNR to legislate and criminalize our hunters for not having internet access,” Friske said. “Never should our sportsmen and women face any type of infraction regardless of how much the DNR demands exhaustively detailed information for game management.”
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