Bills to allow hunting and fishing licenses on mobile phone apps sent to governor

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Michiganders rely on smartphones every day to help accomplish tasks at work, keep up to date with family and friends, and to make purchases. If legislation on its way to Gov. Rick Snyder is signed, residents will be able to add hunting and fishing licenses to the list of conveniences enabled by smartphones.

Senate Bills 1073-1075, previously approved by the Senate and finalized by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, would require the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to provide smartphone applications that display base hunting, waterfowl and all-species fishing licenses for customers by March 1, 2018.

“This is legislation that just makes sense,” said Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, who sponsored SB 1075 in the package. “Smartphones are an integral part of our modern, interconnected lives. The added convenience of enabling outdoorsmen and women to keep hunting and fishing licenses via an app on their phone will allow them to focus more of their precious time on enjoying some of Michigan’s most cherished traditions.”

Additionally, the legislation would require the DNR to further implement mobile technology into other services, such as providing information on points of public access, nearby trails, descriptions of game species and hunting boundaries.

“The DNR already provides great services for outdoor enthusiasts, and this legislation will only make it better,” Schmidt said. “I look forward to the governor signing these bills soon.”