Senate approves Zorn’s hunting license app bill

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved Sen. Dale Zorn’s legislation to allow duck hunters to show proof of a license on their smartphones.

“Hunting has always been a favorite tradition and pastime of many families in Michigan, and it contributes more than $2 billion to Michigan’s economy each year,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Allowing duck hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts in Michigan to have their hunting and fishing licenses on their phones would increase convenience, help ensure an enjoyable time for the entire family and allow them to focus on their favorite outdoor activities.”

Senate Bills 1073-1075 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.

Zorn is the sponsor of SB 1074, the bill pertaining to waterfowl.

The legislation would 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.

“People have access to a world of valuable information and services on their smartphones,” Zorn said. “This easy-to-use app has the potential to be more than just a convenience. As we have seen in other states, this technology offers the chance to enhance the outdoor experience throughout the state for residents and tourists who enjoy hunting and fishing.”

SBs 1073-1075 have been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.