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In Michigan, many people are prosecuted every year for hunting and fishing violations.  These hunting and fishing violations can sometimes result in arrests, jail time, probation, large amounts of fines/costs/restitution, the forfeiture of hunting/fishing equipment, and the loss of hunting privileges or fishing privileges.

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A  Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) investigation often begins with a tip that they receive from a neighbor, or bystander, as to a particular hunting violation.  It could be from a dog tracker or a deer processor.  DNR officers are usually quick to respond, because the window to conduct a proper investigation is often small.   Sometimes the investigation begins with something that the DNR officer observed while performing his or her job.  The type of investigation conducted usually depends upon the type of case that is investigated.

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If the DNR conservation officer is investigating a hunter for illegally taking a deer, he or she will attempt to interview the hunter and other persons that have knowledge of the alleged offense.  Do not lie to an DNR officer – that is a crime.  However, remember that you have a 5th Amendment privilege not to incriminate yourself.  You are not obligated to provide any statement regarding the alleged offense.  You also have a right to retain an experienced lawyer to represent you, such as Attorney Daniel Hilf, to defend you.

In Michigan it is the responsibility of every hunter, and every person who fishes, to know the laws as it relates to their hunting and fishing privileges.  These laws and penalties are always subject to revision, and it is recommended that you read the Michigan Hunting and Trapping Digest for the current year at the start of the season.  When a DNR conservation officer issues a ticket, their are certain offenses that carry mandatory penalties upon conviction:

  1. Violation of permits to hunt/fish, hunger/fishing out of season, bag limit violations, shooting during prohibited hours, and improper methods of taking game can lead to a fine from $50 to $500 dollars and a maximum of 90 days in jail.
  2. Illegally taking a deer  carries a mandatory minimum of 5 days in jail and a maximum sentence of 90 days.  This offense also will lead to the imposition of restitution of $1000 per animal and another $1000 if antlered.  For trophy deers, their is also restitution of $500 for each point for a deer with 8 to 10 points, and $750 for each point for deer with 11 or more points.  On top of this, there is a revocation of hunting privileges for the current hunting season plus 3 additional years.  If the deer is antlered, for a first offense there is an additional 2 year suspension, and for a second offense and additional 7 year suspension.  The hunter’s firearm, crossbow, or bow is also subject to forfeiture.  The court will also potentially impose court costs and probation with conditions as well.