Deer Damage Permits

5.40 Deer damage shooting permit, definitions.

Sec. 5.40 For the purposes of sections 5.41 to 5.43 of this order, the terms in this section shall have the

meaning ascribed to them in this section.

(1) "Permit" means a deer damage shooting permit.

(2) "Permittee" means a person who has applied for and been issued a deer damage shooting permit by

the department.

(3) "Authorized designee" means a person who has been designated, in writing, by a permittee to

implement the provisions of a deer damage shooting permit. The department reserves the right to deny a

person, including the permittee, the authority to personally implement the provisions of a permit if such

authority would conflict with a court order, administrative rule, or law.

History: Eff. Mar 31, 1989; Am. 6, 1990, Eff. Jun 18, 1990.

 

5.41 Deer damage shooting permit; standards, conditions, records; unlawful acts.

Sec. 5.41 (1) Deer damage shooting permits may be issued statewide to owners of specific lands with

significant agricultural or horticultural crop damage documented by the department.

(2) A deer damage shooting permit shall not be valid:

(a) Except during the time period authorized by the permit.

(b) During an open season for deer.

(3) The permittee shall keep records as may be required by the director and present them for inspection at

the request of a conservation officer or wildlife biologist.

(4) The permittee or authorized designee shall make a reasonable effort to retrieve all deer killed under

the authority of a permit.

(5) A person killing a deer shall immediately validate the deer damage permit tag as instructed on the tag

and attach the tag to the gambrel or jaw of the deer. The postcard portion of the tag shall be mailed to the

department by the person killing the deer within 24 hours after having killed that deer.

History: Eff. Mar 31, 1989; Am. 6, 1990, Eff. Jun 18, 1990; Am. 5, 1996 Eff. Sep 1, 1996; Am. 10, 2002, Eff. Jul 15, 2002; Am. 7, 2012, Eff. Jun 15, 2012.

 

5.42 Deer damage shooting permit, prohibited acts.

Sec. 5.42 (1) It shall be unlawful for a permittee to designate more than 15 authorized shooters to

implement the provisions of the permit unless additional shooters are approved by the wildlife management

unit supervisor and district law enforcement supervisor.

(2) It shall be unlawful for a permittee or an authorized designee to:

(a) Kill more than the number of deer authorized by the permit.

(b) Possess a deer killed under the authority of a permit without having a validated deer damage permit

tag attached to the deer.

(c) Take or attempt to take a deer within the permit boundaries unless in possession of a valid unused

deer damage permit tag. The tag shall be presented upon demand to a representative of the director.

(d) Use a firearm other than a centerfire rifle or shotgun with slugload.

(e) Subject to section 43510, subsections (2) and (3), of Part 435, as amended, hunting and fishing

licensing, MCL 324.43510, possess an uncased or loaded firearm in the vehicles authorized by the permit.

(f) Kill a deer with antlers extending three inches or more above the skull unless approved by the wildlife

management unit supervisor.

(g) Take or attempt to take a deer using an artificial light or from one-half hour after sunset to one-half

hour before sunrise unless approved by the wildlife management unit supervisor and district law

enforcement supervisor.

(h) Take or attempt to take a deer in any area except that location described on the permit.

(3) It shall be unlawful for any person to buy or sell any deer killed under the authority of a deer damage

control permit.

(4) It shall be unlawful for any person other than the permittee or an authorized designee to take or

attempt to take deer under the authority of a valid permit.

History: Eff. Mar 31, 1989; Am. 6, 1990, Eff. Jun 18, 1990.; Am. 5, 1996, Eff. Sep 1, 1996; Am. 10, 2002, Eff. Jul 15, 2002; Am. 2, 2005, Eff. Mar

11, 2005; Am. 7, 2012, Eff. Jun 15, 2012.

 

5.43 Deer damage shooting permit, reservation of rights.

Sec. 5.43 Final disposition of animals killed under permit will be determined by the wildlife management

unit supervisor or representative. In all cases, efforts should be made to assure the carcass will be used for

human consumption to the fullest extent possible.

History: Eff. Mar 31, 1989; Am. 6, 1990, Eff. Jun 18, 1990; Am. 5, 1996, Eff. Sep 1, 1996; Am. 10, 2002, Eff. Jul 15, 2002.

 

5.44 Deer damage shooting permit; revocation, suspension.

Sec. 5.44 (1) Pursuant to section 40118 of part 401, wildlife conservation, of the natural resources and

environmental protection act, Act No. 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being section 324.40118 of the

Michigan Compiled Laws, a conviction for a violation of the provisions of sections 5.41 to 5.43 of this

order shall result in the revocation of a permit.

(2) A modification, suspension, or revocation of a permit is subject to the provisions of section 40114 of

part 401, wildlife conservation, of the natural resources and environmental protection act, Act No. 451 of

the Public Acts of 1994, being section 324.40114 of the Michigan Compiled Laws.

(3) Failure to comply with these and other rules of the out-of-season deer damage control program will

make the permittee ineligible to participate in the deer damage shooting permit program for a period of 1

year.

History: Eff. Mar 31, 1989; Am. 6, 1990, Eff. Jun 18, 1990; Am. 6, 1998, Eff. May 15, 1998.