Two white-tailed deer forage in Pennsylvania’s Wyomissing Parklands. — X/@benhasty The rifle deer hunting season, which starts on Wednesday, November 15, is one of the biggest seasons in outdoor sports and leisure, and hunters around the state and Upper Peninsula are gearing up for it.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources has some reminders for hunters to keep in mind before they hit the woods.
Similar to the previous year, reports are needed for every deer that is taken.
Make sure you have your hunting licence and the kill tag number for the tag you physically put on the deer before reporting your harvest. Using a smartphone to snap a photo of the tag might be a useful tool for reference.
The Michigan DNR Hunt Fish app is the simplest method to record a harvest. After downloading the app and creating an account or signing in, you may enter the details for the harvest report.
A harvest can also be reported online. To access the reporting website directly, use a computer or mobile device to visit Michigan.gov/DNRHarvestReport. To start the report, enter your date of birth and kill tag licence number.
In the event that you are unable to locate your hunting licence or kill tag number, you can access the tags that are accessible for reporting by logging onto eLicense with your user ID, password, and driver’s licence information. You will be given the opportunity to establish an account if you don’t already have one in order to submit your report.
Please wait for the confirmation number to display after submitting your harvest report, and be sure to note it down for your records.
Check out the 2023 Hunting Regulations Summary to make sure you are aware of the most recent hunting laws in your region before heading out into the field. For further details on these subjects, see the sections that follow, which link to particular pages in the regulations overview.
Download the Michigan DNR Hunt Fish app to get this information whenever you want, without requiring an internet connection.
A neurological condition known as chronic wasting illness, which affects deer, elk, and other cervids, is communicable and deadly. The first verified instance of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Michigan was discovered in May 2015 in a white-tailed deer roaming freely in Ingham County. This signalled the start of the state’s attempts to regulate and contain the development of CWD among its deer population.
Since 2015, more deer from different Michigan counties have tested positive for CWD. The state has been working to manage and restrict the disease’s spread while preserving a healthy deer population for recreational and ecological reasons.
The approach to testing deer has undergone some significant modifications recently. In the past, a lot of testing has been done in and around the locations where CWD has been found thus far. As a result, CWD has been found in 13 of Michigan’s 83 counties; Ogemaw being the most recent to do so last month. See the County-level CWD detection information page for further details on locations where CWD has been discovered.