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Information for Hunters with Disabilities and Permits

Disabled Bow Permit

A person with a temporary or permanent disability that prevents them from using conventional archery equipment may apply for a disabled bow permit. Crossbows and modified bows can be used in all seasons except for the late archery deer season in the Upper Peninsula or the Bear Archery only season. The disability bow permit allows for crossbows and modified bows to be used in these restricted seasons.

A physician can automatically certify a hunter as eligible for a disabled bow permit if the hunter has an amputation involving body extremities required for stable function to use conventional archery equipment, or has a spinal cord injury resulting in permanent disability to the lower extremities, leaving the applicant permanently non-ambulatory, or restricted to a wheelchair.

If none of the above criteria apply, physicians, physical therapists or occupational therapists can certify hunters who fail a functional draw test that equals 35 pounds of resistance and involves holding it for four seconds, or a manual muscle test involving the grading of shoulder and elbow flexion and extension, or an impaired range-of-motion test involving the shoulder or elbow. Also, a physician can recommend a disabled bow permit for other temporary or permanent disabilities, such as neuromuscular conditions.

In addition, this permit will allow a hunter to use modifications to a compound bow, including the adding of an overdraw lock device allowing the bow to be held and shot with one arm during the restricted seasons. This modification may not convert a compound bow into a crossbow. For more information, go to http://www.pcba-inc.org.

For more information or to request an application, call 517-284-6057..

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Standing Vehicle Permit

A person, who, due to injury, disease, amputation or paralysis, is permanently disabled and unable to walk in a hunting situation, may apply for a permit to hunt from a standing vehicle. This permit allows a person to hunt, and shoot from, a parked motor vehicle or ORV.

A physician or a licensed physical or occupational therapist may certify the applicant through a coordination assessment, to assess the ability of muscles or groups of muscles to work together to walk in a hunting situation. In addition a physician may certify a hunter as an amputee with the loss of a lower limb, paraplegic, spinal cord injury resulting in permanent wheelchair restrictions, or other disabilities that prevent a hunter from walking in a hunting situation, as diagnosed by the physician.

Subject to all other regulations including buck limits and antler-point restrictions, this permit also entitles the holder to take a deer of either sex under any valid deer license.

For more information or to request an application, call 517-284-6057.

Using Laser Sights

Legally blind hunters may use laser sighting devices to take game, subject to all other regulations, with a firearm or crossbow if all the following conditions are met.

  • The person is accompanied by a sighted person who is at least 18 years of age and possesses proof of a current or previous hunting license (other than an apprentice license) or proof of successful completion of a hunter safety class;
  • The legally blind person possesses the appropriate hunting license and proof of impairment in the form of a Secretary of State ID card. No permit is necessary for this accommodation.

Hunters with other permanent disabilities may apply to the DNR Law Enforcement Division for a permit to use a laser sighting device with a firearm or crossbow to take game. Subject to all other regulations, a permittee may take game with use of a laser sighting device only if accompanied by a person who is at least 18 years of age who is licenses to hunt the same game (other than an apprentice license).

For application information, please call 517-284-6000.