Tagging, Transportation & Registration

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Tagging Requirements

Prior to presenting a bear, deer, moose, or wild turkey for registration, a person may not possess or leave that animal in the field or forest unless they have securely attached a plainly visible tag to the animal with their name, address, and license number on the tag.

You can make your own tag to attach to the animal which must include your name, address, and license number or you can download the Transportation Tags (PDF).

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Transporting Harvested Animals

A person may not transport a harvested wild animal or bird that they do not lawfully possess, nor may they present for registration, or allow to be registered in their name, any bear, deer, moose, or wild turkey that they did not lawfully kill. Prior to registration, any harvested bear, deer, moose, or wild turkey in transit must be open to view, meaning that the animal is not concealed and can be readily observed in whole or in part from outside of the vehicle or trailer transporting it. Once an animal or bird has been registered, it may be transported by another person.

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Registration Requirements

A Person who Kills a Bear, Deer, Moose, or Wild Turkey must:

  1. Remain with the animal until it is registered, (with some exceptions – see Time Limits for Registering section).
  2. Present the animal for registration in that person’s name at the first open registration station for that animal on their route
  3. Leave the registration seal attached until the animal is processed and packaged for consumption.
  4. Pay a fee of $5.00 to register a bear, deer or moose (of which $2 is retained by the agent and $1 is dedicated to a Deer Habitat Enhancement Fund) or $2.00 to register a wild turkey.

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Time Limits for Registration

A person may not keep an unregistered bear, deer, moose, or wild turkey at home or any place of storage for more than 18-hours. This does not apply to an animal that is kept in an official registration station for the animal or at the office of a game warden. A person may exceed the 18-hour limit under special circumstances, but that person must still notify a game warden within 18 hours.

A person on a hunting trip in an unorganized township and staying at a temporary place of lodging may keep an unregistered harvested animal at the temporary place of lodging for no more than 7 days or until that person leaves the woods, whichever comes first.

A person may not possess a bear, deer, moose, or wild turkey that has not been legally registered, except as otherwise provided in the statutes regarding nuisance animals or animals causing damage.

Bobcats taken by hunting must be tagged by a MDIFW employee within 72 hours of the time they were taken.

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Condition of Animal Presented for Registration

A person must present a bear, deer, moose or wild turkey for registration in its entirety, except that the viscera and rib cage of the animal may be removed in a manner that still allows the determination of the animal's sex.

Moose

A moose may be dismembered for ease of transportation, and the lower legs, head and hide may be removed. If the head of the moose is not brought to the registration station, a canine tooth or the lower jaw must be. Parts of a moose left in the field may not be placed where they are visible to a person traveling on a public or private way.

Bear

Hunters are required to remove a premolar tooth from the bear they harvest and provide the tooth when they register their bear (instructions available at registration and online). Hunters will be notified of the age of the bear they harvested on the Bear Hunting Page of the MDIFW website prior to the start of the next bear hunting season (late August).

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Possession of Gift Bear, Deer, Moose or Wild Turkey

A person may not accept as a gift any part of a bear, deer, moose, or wild turkey unless that animal, or part thereof, is plainly labeled with the name and address of the person who registered it and the year it was registered.

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