Governor signs Zorn’s hunting license app bill

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed Sen. Dale Zorn’s legislation to enable duck hunters in Michigan to show proof of their hunting license on their smartphones.

“People have access to a world of valuable information and services on their smartphones,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “With the governor’s approval of this proactive legislation, Michigan will soon allow duck hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts to keep their hunting and fishing licenses on their phones — increasing convenience and allowing everyone to focus on enjoying their favorite outdoor activities.”

Public Acts 461-463 of 2016 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. Zorn sponsored SB 1074, the bill pertaining to waterfowl.

The new acts also 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.

“Hunting plays a key role in the way of life for many Michigan families and contributes more than $2 billion to Michigan’s economy each year,” Zorn said. “The easy-to-use app will add convenience and eventually much more. It will offer us the chance to enhance the outdoor experience for residents and tourists who enjoy hunting and fishing. We have seen this work well in other states, and now we’re bringing it to Michigan.”