Zorn sponsors bill to create smartphone app for duck hunting licenses

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn on Thursday sponsored Senate legislation that would enable duck hunters to show proof of a license on their smartphones.

“Smartphones offer the chance for people to access valuable information and useful services almost anywhere they go,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Giving duck hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts in Michigan the ability to have their hunting and fishing licenses on their phones through an easy-to-use app would increase convenience 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 the bill pertaining to waterfowl, SB 1074.

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.

“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,” Zorn said. “This technology can help ensure an enjoyable time for the entire family and also further enhance the hunting and fishing experiences in our state.”

SBs 1073-1075 have been referred to the Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee for consideration.