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Deer Harvest Reporting
NEW - Mandatory harvest reporting
Beginning this year, deer hunters are required to report a successful harvest online at Michigan.gov/DNRHarvestReport within 72 hours or before transferring possession of the deer (to another person, a processer or taxidermist). Hunters must continue to attach a paper kill tag to a harvested deer. The kill tag should remain with the head if the head and body of the deer are separated. Anyone in possession of a deer after the harvest reporting timeframe expires should be able to present the confirmation number.
Hunters can easily submit the required harvest data through eLicense, our online license system. This can be done via computer or mobile device. Simply enter your deer kill tag/hunting license number and date of birth to begin the report. If you don’t have your license/kill tag number, you can log in to DNR eLicense, and click on the Harvest Report tab to see the tags available to report. On eLicense, you can use your driver’s license and birthdate, use an existing ID and password or create an account to enter your report.
You will be asked questions about your hunt and the deer you harvested. There is also space to leave a comment. Once your harvest report is completed, you will be given a confirmation number and the option to receive a copy by email.
Hunters are allowed to have their deer reported online by a family member or friend. The family member or friend will need the successful hunter’s deer kill tag number and birthday, and information about the hunter’s harvest and hunting location.