Written by attorney Daniel P. Hilf

Hunting and Fishing Violations

In Michigan it is the responsibility of every hunter and fisherman to be aware of restrictions in the law concerning hunting and fishing. These provisions are always subject to change from season to season, and it is recommended for a Michigan sportsman or sportswoman to read hunting and/or fishing manuals produced by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at the beginning of every season to adequate safeguard the hunter or fisher from possible violations of Michigan law. Depending upon the charge, the penalty could include one or several of the following potential consequences: misdemeanor conviction, jail, probation with conditions, community service, fines and costs, loss of the ability to hunt or fish. Some offenses are viewed as civil infractions payable at or to the District Court with jurisdiction over the matter; other offenses are misdemeanors that require a Court appearance to address the case. If you receive a ticket, or are otherwise accused of a hunting or fishing related violation, you should immediately consult with an experienced criminal lawyer. Partial List of Possible Hunting Violations Hunting Without a License Hunting Without a License in Possession Improper Tagging of Deer Failure To Validate Deer Kill Tag Immediately Upon Killing Untagged Deer Illegally Killing or Possessing a Deer, Elk, or Moose Hunting Over Baited Area Hunting From a Tree Hunting Without the Permission of the Land Owner (Recreational Trespassing) Non-Resident Hunting Without a Deer License Non-Resident Hunting With a Resident License Carrying or Transportation of Loaded Rifle or Shotgun in a Motor Vehicle Carrying or Transportation of Uncased Rifle or Shotgun in a Motor Vehicle Failure to Display Back Tag Illegal Use of Artificial Light with Bow and Arrow, Crossbow, or Firearm Illegal USe of Artificial Light Without Bow and Arrow, Crossbow, or Firearm No Hunter Orange Other Small Game or Deer Violations Illegal Possession of Wild Animal/Deer Road Kill Baiting Non-Resident Hunting Without Small Game License Non-Resident Hunting With Residential Small Game License Transportation of a Strung Bow in a Motor Vehicle Uncased Bow Killing or Possession of Small Game Out of Season (Squirrel, Waterfowl, Pheasant, Rabbits, Quail, etc.) Hunt Out of Season Possession of Raccoon Without a Permit Shoot At or Kill game Before or After Hours No Duck Stamp or Unplugged Gun Other Small Game Violations Hunting Without a Small Game License Carrying Firearm While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs Multiple Offender - Three Convictions within Preceding 5 Years Partial List of Possible Fishing Violations Fishing Without a License Fishing Without a License in Possession Fishing During a Closed Season Non-Resident Fishing With a Resident License Unattended Fishing Linese Fishing With Too Many Linese Possession of Fish Out of Season Placing Shanty or Structure on Lake Without Name Taking or Possessing Over Limit Taking Fish By Illegal Methods Possessiong of Undersized or Oversized Fish Other Fishing Shanty Violations Improper Fishing Devices Fishing Without the Permission of the Land Owner (Recreational Trespassing) If you intend to contest the fishing or hunting related charge or charges at trial, or are seeking to achieve the best possible resolution short of trial, hiring an ** experienced criminal defense lawyer** is a necessity. Sometimes in life there is only one opportunity to obtain the right result. ** Hiring the right criminal defense lawyer** may be one of the most important decisions you make for yourself and your family. There are many lawyers who claim to do more than what they are able - just as there are many surgeons in the world that are no better than butchers. Do not settle for a legal hack job. Practicing law is a skill that develops over time with experience, commitment, dedication, and God given talent. There are no amateur attorneys at ** Hilf & Hilf, PLC** – only professionals that are guided by the humanity in the individuals we serve, and the drive not to settle for what is easy over what is right

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