I love supporting all my fellow sportsmen and women and am happy that our state has a special opportunity for our fellow outdoor enthusiasts who are disabled. Best of luck to everyone who is taking advantage of this special firearm season. I look forward to sharing the woods with you always.
Those who meet one of the eligibility requirements below may hunt deer on private land in a special firearm season Oct 18-21:
- Those who have been issued permits to hunt from a standing vehicle;
- Those who are legally blind; or
- Veterans who have a 100-percent disability or are classified as individually unemployable by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
Permit to hunt from a standing vehicle
A person who, due to injury, disease, amputation or paralysis, is permanently disabled and unable to walk, may apply for a permit to hunt from a standing vehicle (a parked motor vehicle or ORV). Subject to all other regulations including buck limits and antler-point restrictions, this permit also entitles the holder to take a deer of either sex under any valid deer license.
Hunters who are legally blind
Legally blind hunters may use laser sighting devices to take game, subject to all other regulations, with a firearm or crossbow if all the following conditions are met:
- The person is accompanied by a sighted person who is at least 18 years of age;
- The sighted person possesses proof of a current or previous hunting license (other than an apprentice license) or proof of successful completion of a hunter safety class;
- The legally blind person possesses the appropriate hunting license and proof of impairment in the form of a Secretary of State ID card. No permit is necessary for this accommodation.
Resident Veterans with Disabilities
A resident of Michigan who has been determined by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to be permanently and totally disabled (for a disability other than blindness) is eligible to purchase senior hunting and trapping licenses from any license agent. A letter from the Veterans Administration stating the person is totally and permanently disabled and eligible for veteran benefits at the 100-percent rate is required. Documentation of eligibility from the Veterans Administration shall be in the possession of a veteran using these licenses.
During this hunt for those who qualify only, a firearm or combination license may be used for an antlered or antlerless deer. A Deer Management Assistance (DMA) permit may also be used to take one antlerless deer only, on the property for which it was issued. Archery and junior archery deer licenses are not valid for this hunt.
Bag Limit = one per kill tag
For more information for hunters with disabilities, see the 2012 Hunting and Trapping Digest, page 35.