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Miscellaneous DNR LicensesAgency: Natural Resources
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Please consult the following site for more information about the Taxidermy License:
Who Needs a Taxidermy Permit?
A taxidermy permit is required of any person to conduct a taxidermy business or to engage in preparing or mounting the skins, plumage or parts thereof, from any regulated bird or mammal for a fee. A person issued a taxidermy permit shall only possess game or protected animals for the purpose of taxidermy at the location described in their taxidermy permit. The fee for a taxidermy permit is $100.00. A taxidermy permit shall be valid for three (3) years or through the third June 30th after issue, whichever comes first, and are renewable for 3-year periods thereafter.
What Does a Taxidermy Permit Authorize The Permittee To Do?
A taxidermy permit authorizes POSSESSION of legally obtained carcasses of wild birds and mammals, or parts thereof, for the purpose of taxidermy. Legally obtained carcasses are specimens lawfully taken during an open season; lawfully raised under authority of a registered captive cervidae facility or permit to keep wildlife in captivity; lawfully imported from another state or country; or lawfully held under a special permit from the State of Michigan and/or the U.S. Department of Interior. Deer, elk, or moose carcasses from a state verified to have Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), or from within a Michigan CWD zone, must have a documented negative CWD test to be legally possessed. In addition, unprotected small mammals such as mice, voles, shrews, moles, weasels, and chipmunks may be legally possessed and used in taxidermy mounts. Any species originating from Michigan which is listed on the Michigan endangered and threatened species list cannot be possessed without a threatened/endangered species permit. The possession of migratory waterfowl or any other migratory bird is prohibited unless you possess both a state and federal taxidermy permit. All species of non-game birds except English sparrows, European starlings, and feral pigeons are fully protected and cannot be possessed without a special permit. Examples of non-game birds would include hawks, owls, eagles, and all songbirds.
A Taxidermy permit authorizes the holder to PURCHASE certain animals and animal parts. Animals and animal parts that may be purchased include:
The teeth, claws, flesh, bones, internal organs or parts of internal organs of wild game and protected species, except fur-bearing species, cannot be bought or sold. Threatened and endangered species cannot be purchased in Michigan except under an endangered species permit which specifically provides for the purchase.
In addition, a taxidermy permit authorizes the permittee to SELL mounted specimens or permanently preserved specimens or their hides, capes or plumage except wild migratory birds. Threatened and endangered species cannot be sold in Michigan except under an endangered species permit which specifically provides for the sale. The taxidermist selling a specimen must transfer to the buyer or recipient, documentation to show the specimen was legally acquired by the taxidermist and legally transferred to the new owner. Protected species, which can only be possessed under special permit, can only be transferred to those individuals, institutions or organizations which hold a special permit or may legally possess that species. A taxidermy permit does not authorize the permittee to sell any specimen which has not been mounted or otherwise permanently preserved. A taxidermy permit does not authorize the permittee to sell wild migratory birds. A properly marked, captive bred, mounted migratory bird may be sold if it was lawfully obtained from a captive breeder and sold in compliance with federal regulations.
What is regulated by the State of Michigan?
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources(DNR) regulates taxidermy work on game and protected species in Michigan, and species listed on the state and federal endangered or threatened species lists including species listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna, and Flora (CITES). The Michigan DNR does not regulate taxidermy work on domestic, semidomestic, fish, or exotic species (e.g., buffalo, caribou, mule deer, etc.). There is no inventory or tagging requirement for these species. However, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may require importation permits for species originating from outside the United States.
Records and Inspection
The following specific information is required for each animal or part thereof, which is held or processed by a taxidermist.
maintained and kept for six years at the taxidermy premises. Records shall include the name and address of the person owning, delivering and receiving the specimen, the Michigan county and date where the specimen was taken, as well as the tag or seal number of the specimen.
Michigan DNR. As an acceptable alternative, the specimen may be identified by unique tattoo, band or seal number if the DNR tag is properly completed, on file at the taxidermy location and contains the unique tattoo, band or seal number identifying the specimen.
A federal taxidermy permit, available from the U.S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, is required of all persons who provide taxidermy services for another on legally taken migratory birds (ducks, geese, swans, coots, gallinules, snipes, rails and other migratory species under special permit). Permit applications are available from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Migratory Bird Permit Office, PO Box 45, Fort Snelling, MN 55111-0045, telephone 612-713-5436.
Seals and Seal Removal
Bear, river otter, bobcat, marten, and fisher taken in Michigan are required to be sealed with a Michigan DNR seal for that species. A seal on an animal requiring sealing by the department can be cut and removed from the specimen by a licensed taxidermist at the location of their business at any time following the recording of the seal number and completion of the taxidermy tag. Once the information is recorded and the seal is removed, there is no requirement to retain the seal and it may be destroyed.
Hunters Importing Deer and Elk
If a hunter imports a mule deer, white-tailed deer, moose or elk from a state or province determined to have chronic wasting disease (CWD) in their free-ranging deer or elk populations (see current Michigan Hunting and Trapping Guide for listing of states and provinces) they are restricted to bringing into Michigan only deboned meat, clean antlers, antlers attached to a skull cap cleaned of all brain and muscle tissue, hides and upper canine teeth. A cleaned skull cap is one that has no brain material, no brain membranes, no skin, and has been cleaned of nearly all red meat. It does not have to be boiled or processed to remove all red coloration. Receipt of any carcass or parts thereof, other than deboned meat, antlers, antlers attached to a skull cap cleaned of all brain and muscle tissue, hides, and upper canine teeth, from a deer, elk, or moose, originating from a state or province listed in the Michigan hunting and trapping guide for the current year as a state or province detected to have CWD in free-ranging deer, elk, or moose populations, or from a Michigan CWD surveillance zone that does not have documentation showing a negative test for CWD, must be reported to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Disease Laboratory, (517) 336-5030, within the business hours of the next 72 hours of receipt.
Michigan Elk Mounts
Within two weeks of taking an elk in Michigan, all hunters are required to submit the head to a Michigan DNR office. This requirement provides the DNR the opportunity to examine all elk taken in Michigan for Bovine tuberculosis. Typically, the licensed taxidermist will receive a sealed elk specimen, prior to the required submission of the elk's head, for caping. In scheduling elk work, please take into consideration the hunter's deadline for head submittal. If desired, the licensed taxidermist may submit the elk head for the hunter to a DNR office. The DNR office will need to know the hunter's name. A licensed taxidermist may remove the seal on an elk at the location of their business at any time following the recording of the seal number and completion of the taxidermy tag.
Possession of Road-Killed Wild Animals
It is not unusual for Michigan taxidermists to work on road-killed animals or have clients bring them road-killed animals for mounting. The following are the uniform statewide regulations for the possession of road-killed animals:
Requirements for Importation of Hawks and Owls from Canada
Hawks and owls may be exported from Canada, and imported into the United States for specimen preparation by a taxidermist. All birds, prior to import or export, must be declared to Canadian and U.S. Customs. The following permits are required prior to entry, or exit. To export from Canada, and import into the US:
To import back into Canada and export from the US:
To ship through the mail, the specimen must be checked with the USF&WS Wildlife Inspector, telephone 734-941-6801. The package must be marked WILDLIFE and all the appropriate permits must be included with the bird being shipped. If a bird is transported across the border by vehicle, a non-designated port exception permit is required, and can be obtained from the UFS&WS Wildlife Inspector telephone 734-941-6801.
Threatened and Endangered Species - Imported Trophies
Under Michigan law a person may import a threatened or endangered species trophy, not for resale, provided that the animal is legally acquired in the state, province, or country where the trophy was caught, taken or killed. A Michigan taxidermist can legally perform taxidermy work on the specimen, however, the animal cannot be purchased or sold in Michigan. Because even the sale of abandoned species is prohibited, taxidermists may want to take extra precautions when accepting these specimens. Documentation of lawful acquisition and/or importation of the animal must be maintained, and remain with that animal. For reference purposes, the following are the currently listed threatened and endangered mammal and bird species in Michigan:
R 299.1026 Birds.
Rule 6. (1) The following species of birds are included on the state list of endangered species:
(2) The following species of birds are included on the state list of threatened species:
(3) The following species of birds are thought to be extirpated in Michigan, but, if rediscovered, will automatically be listed as threatened:
R 299.1027 Mammals.
Rule 7. (1) The following species of mammals are included on the state list of endangered species:
(2) The following species of mammals are included on the state list of threatened species:
Under state and federal law falconers may possess live raptors for falconry purposes and raptors may be bred in captivity for falconry purposes under special permit. Except for specimens under a special permit, the dead bodies of these birds must be destroyed, whether captive or wild caught, and under no circumstances can they be purchased or sold. Taxidermists accepting a raptor under special permit may want to exercise special caution to ensure the specimen is not abandoned.
Part 401, Wildlife Conservation, 1994 PA 451, provides that a permit issued by the Director shall be revoked for a violation of the act, a violation of an order of the Commission or Director, or for a violation of a condition of a permit.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TAXIDERMY REGULATIONS AND TAGS
1. I do taxidermy work on fish, reptiles, and amphibians; do these animals need to be tagged?
No, fish, reptiles, and amphibians do not need to be tagged.
2. I do taxidermy work on exotics from various countries and other states. Do I need to tag these specimens?
Exotic species do not need to be tagged unless they are endangered or threatened species or CITES species. All Michigan game and protected species, regardless of where taken, must be tagged. For example, an Ohio white-tailed deer, Ontario moose, Manitoba black bear, or Montana elk must be tagged because these species are game or protected animals under Michigan law; however, a Wyoming mule deer or Washington black-tailed deer, African antelope, or Alaska brown bear would not require a tag.
3. How do I tag separate parts of the same specimen, such as the antlers and cape of a deer? Do I need to put a tag on each part?
A tag is not needed on each part of the same animal; however, each part must be uniquely numbered or marked so they can be readily identified by an inspecting officer as parts of the same animal. If parts are separated and not uniquely marked in some manner, each must be tagged. For deer mounts, we suggest marking the hide with a unique tattoo, brand, or number, recording this number on the tag, and placing the tag on the antlers. One part of each specimen (animal) must have a tag on it, and the original copy of the tag must be in your files for each animal received.
4. I buy green/salted hides and pelts for customer mounts. Do I need a Fur Dealers License?
If you buy green hides, but only sell permanently preserved specimens, you do not need a Fur Dealer's License. If you buy green hides and sell any hides, skins, pelts or plumage, or parts of hides, skins, pelts or plumage, that are not permanently preserved, you must have a Fur Dealer's License and you must comply with all the fur dealer regulations.
5. Can I both buy and sell salted hides?
No, not without a Fur Dealer's License. Salted hides are not permanently preserved.
6. Can I purchase old deer mounts, restore them with a new cape, and sell them?
Yes. As a licensed taxidermist, you are authorized to conduct this type of buying and selling. In this instance, where the antlers and hide are obtained from different animals (and very likely different people) each must be tagged.
7. I subcontract some of my specimens to another Michigan taxidermist. Do both of us need to put a tag on the specimen?
The purpose of the tag is to ensure that an inspecting officer can readily determine that the animal was legally possessed or taken by the person submitting the specimen for taxidermy work. The taxidermist initially receiving the specimen must complete and attach a specimen tag and hold the original copy on file. The subcontractor must receive the specimen with a tag attached and is NOT required to attach another tag. It is unlawful for the subcontractor to possess the specimen without a tag. If you are a subcontractor, do not accept any specimen without a completed tag attached.
8. I salvage deer feet from a processor for use in crafts and furniture. Do I need to tag each foot and if so how do I note origin of specimen?
The purpose of the tag is to ensure that an inspecting officer can readily determine that the animal was legally possessed or taken by a licensed hunter. The taxidermist should acquire from the owner, operator, or agent of the commercial processing operation, refrigeration plant, or frozen food locker plant, a copy of the portion of the processors' records for these deer accepted for processing or storage. Such records shall include the name and address of the owner of the animal, the date accepted, and the number of the license or permit authorizing possession. The taxidermist must complete and attach a specimen tag to each group of four feet (or less) using the information from the processors records.
9. Do the tags need to remain attached to hides sent to processors for preserving?
No. No more than 24 hours prior to shipping they may be removed, otherwise the tags may be destroyed in the preserving process.
If you are unsure of the protected status of any species of bird or mammal, contact the wildlife biologist or conservation officer at your nearest office of the Michigan DNR listed on the next page. If you have questions about the rules or laws affecting your taxidermy license, contact the Law Enforcement Supervisor at your nearest Michigan DNR office listed on the next page. If you have any questions about your license, identification tags or need to reorder identification tags, you should contact:
CUSTOMER SYSTEMS Telephone 517-373-1204
MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
LANSING MI 48909-7681
Please consult the following site for information about individual fishing orders:
PART 487 SPORT FISHING SUBPART IV MINNOWS
Sec. 48728. As used in this part:
(a) "Commercial purposes" means offering for sale, selling, giving, or furnishing to others.
(b) "Crayfish" means any arthropod of the decapoda family.
(c) "Minnows" means chubs, shiners, suckers, when of a size ordinarily used for bait in hook and line fishing, dace, stonerollers, muddlers, and mudminnows.
(d) "Wigglers" means Mayfly nymphs or any other aquatic insect nymphs or larvae.
History: Add. 1995, Act 57, Imd. Eff. May 24, 1995.
324.48729 Prohibited conduct.
Sec. 48729. A person shall not do any of the following: (a) Take or possess minnows, wigglers, or crayfish for commercial purposes from any of the waters over which this state has jurisdiction; import minnows, wigglers, or crayfish for commercial purposes from outside of this state; or transport minnows, wigglers, or crayfish without having first procured a license as provided in section 48732. A license, except a license to fish in the waters of this state as provided in part 435, is not required of persons taking minnows, wigglers, or crayfish for their individual use for bait. A person shall not set or use minnow traps for the taking of minnows, wigglers, or crayfish for any purpose unless the name and address of the user is on the trap.
(b) Transport outside of this state any minnows, wigglers, or crayfish, dead or alive, taken either in or outside of this state. The department, upon receipt of a payment of $25.00, may issue a permit, revocable by the department, under such regulations as the department prescribes, to any resident licensed as provided for in section 48732, enabling that person to transport outside of this state minnows, wigglers, or crayfish preserved in liquid and bottled for fish bait. The department may limit to 15 or fewer days of any 1 year the taking of minnows by a licensed person for preservation for fish bait purposes. A person holding a permit as provided in this subdivision shall allow the department to inspect his or her books and records at any reasonable time. A permit issued pursuant to this subdivision may be revoked by the department upon good cause and shall expire on December 31 following the date of issuance unless the license is revoked prior to that date.
(c) Use or attempt to use live goldfish or carp for bait in fishing.
(d) Offer for sale or use lamprey for bait in fishing.
(e) Take, possess, or transport minnows, wigglers, or crayfish for commercial purposes from any of the waters over which this state has jurisdiction unless the taker is a resident of this state and holds a permit or license as required by law. History: Add. 1995, Act 57, Imd. Eff. May 24, 1995.
324.48730 Powers of department.
Sec. 48730. (1) The department may designate the lakes and streams and parts of lakes and streams from which minnows, wigglers, and crayfish may be taken for commercial purposes and make rules, regulations, and restrictions for taking, possessing, and transporting minnows, wigglers, and crayfish.
(2) A person shall not take or attempt to take minnows, wigglers, or crayfish for commercial purposes from any waters of the state not designated by the department or violate any of the rules, regulations, or restrictions established pursuant to this section.
History: Add. 1995, Act 57, Imd. Eff. May 24, 1995. 324.48731 Minnow seines; glass or wire traps; hand nets; hook and line; dip nets.
(1) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, minnow seines of not more than 125 feet in length and 16 feet in width may be used in the Great Lakes and their connecting waterways and in the inland lakes, streams, and rivers of this state. Minnows may only be taken from trout streams during open season with glass or wire traps. Minnow seines shall not be used in trout streams at any time.
(2) Hand nets not exceeding 8 feet square without sides or walls, minnow traps not exceeding 2 feet in length, minnow seines not exceeding 12 feet in length and 4 feet in width, and hook and line may be used for taking minnows for personal use in any of the waters designated by the department, as provided in section 48730. However, a person shall not take minnows in trout streams with hand or dip nets. History: Add. 1995, Act 57, Imd. Eff. May 24, 1995.
SUBPART V LICENSES AND PERMITS 324.48732 "Place of business" defined; limited retail minnow dealer's license; wholesale minnow dealer's license; minnow catcher's license; fees; prohibited imports; separate licenses; size of crew; identification cards; license application forms; display of placard and license number; display of license or identification card on demand; inspection of records and equipment; revocation or expiration of license.
Sec. 48732. (1) As used in this section, "place of business" means a single location designated in a license application.
(2) The department, upon receipt of a fee of $25.00, may issue a limited retail minnow dealer's license to entitle the licensee to operate 1 place of business and 1 motor vehicle and to buy, transport, and retail minnows, wigglers, and crayfish.
(3) The department, upon receipt of a fee of $100.00, may issue to a resident a wholesale minnow dealer's license to entitle the licensee to operate 1 place of business, to transport, using up to 3 motor vehicles, and to sell at wholesale to licensed minnow dealers minnows, wigglers, and crayfish.
(4) The department, upon receipt of a fee of $50.00, may issue to the holder of a limited retail minnow dealer's license or a wholesale minnow dealer's license a minnow catcher's license to permit the taking, collecting, transporting, and possessing of live or fresh minnows, wigglers, or crayfish to be used for commercial purposes in accordance with this part. Each minnow catcher's license entitles the licensee to operate up to 3 crews consisting of not more than 4 persons and 4 motor vehicles for the purpose of taking, collecting, and transporting live or fresh minnows, wigglers, or crayfish.
(5) The department, upon receipt of a fee of $500.00, may issue to a nonresident of the state a wholesale minnow dealer's license to entitle the licensee to operate 1 place of business, to transport, using up to 3 motor vehicles, and to sell at wholesale to licensed minnow dealers minnows, wigglers, and crayfish.
(6) Crayfish shall not be imported for commercial purposes from outside of this state without a special permit from the department. Minnows and wigglers not native to the waters of this state shall not be imported from outside of this state.
(7) The holder of a license issued pursuant to this section who possesses minnows, wigglers, or crayfish for commercial purposes at more than 1 place of business shall obtain a separate license for each place of business. The holder of a license issued pursuant to this section may use more than 3 crews not to exceed 4 crew members in taking, collecting, and transporting minnows, wigglers, and crayfish, or use additional motor vehicles in collecting and transporting minnows, wigglers, or crayfish, for a fee of $15.00 for each additional crew of not more than 4 persons and for each additional motor vehicle.
(8) With each minnow catcher's license issued under this section, the department shall issue 12 identification cards bearing the number of the license and the year for which the license is issued. Each member of a crew engaged in taking, collecting, and transporting minnows, wigglers, or crayfish for commercial purposes shall carry an identification card at all times while taking, collecting, or transporting minnows, wigglers, or crayfish. The department shall supply license application forms which shall state the name and address of the licensee and the lakes and streams and parts of lakes and streams from which minnows, wigglers, or crayfish may be taken. A person to whom a limited retail or wholesale minnow dealer's license has been issued under this part shall prominently display at the place of business designated in that license a placard to be furnished by the department which will contain the words "Licensed Minnow Dealer" and the license number and the year for which the license was issued. Any person to whom such a license has been issued under this section shall permanently display the license number in 4-inch block letters on each side of the tanks on the motor vehicle or on the front doors of the motor vehicle and on the back of the motor vehicle.
(9) Upon demand of a conservation officer or any other peace officer, a person found taking, collecting, possessing, or transporting any live or fresh minnows, wigglers, or crayfish for commercial purposes shall display a license or identification card provided for in this section. The records, seines, nets, minnow traps, transporting equipment, and other equipment of every kind utilized in the handling of minnows, wigglers, and crayfish and the tanks and ponds where minnows, wigglers, and crayfish are held shall be open to inspection at any reasonable time by a conservation officer or any other peace officer.
(10) All licenses issued pursuant to this section are revocable upon just cause and, if not revoked, expire on December 31 following the date of issuance. Any person whose license has been revoked shall not be issued a commercial minnow, wiggler, and crayfish license within a period of 1 year from the date of revocation. History: Add. 1995, Act 57, Imd. Eff. May 24, 1995.
http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?mcl-324-42501 Dealers in furs, hide, plumage or pelts, licenses, fees, beaver trapping,,,
http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?mcl-324-42502 Fur Dealers License; forms and blanks, revocation
http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?mcl-324-42503 Shipping permits; contents; label; confiscation
http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?mcl-324-42504 Report of pelts in possession on last day of season
http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?mcl-324-42505 Monthly Reports
http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?mcl-324-42506 Money received from sale of licenses; credit to game & fish protection account; use.
http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?mcl-324-42507 Violation as misdemeanor; penalty.
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