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DNR announces deer harvests will have to be filed online

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Michigan deer hunters will be required to register their harvest online this coming season

The DNR says it’s been seeing fewer hunters reporting their harvest.... that’s one of the reasons they’re moving reporting online.

Now one of the concerns is internet access and computer literacy.

Chad Stewart is a deer specialist with the Michigan DNR. He says the new rules were written to accommodate these limitations.

"We gave hunters a 72-hour window to report. So that gives us hunters up to three days to essentially find someone to help them report for them and find the internet, our DNR offices during the business hours will be open and available for hunters to come in and get access."

Stewart says there are no penalties planned this year if hunters don’t report their kill online. Instead the DNR will work to educate hunters. He says next year the state will begin imposing penalties

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