Hunting for someone else

Asked January 12, 2017, 8:10 AM EST

I recently had the question come up in conversation, "if I buy someones tag to have them go kill a deer for me, and pay them, is it illegal?" I said you cannot pay someone to hunt for you, and you cannot sell venison in Michigan as this was my understanding of the law. Am I correct or is there a law that I'm not finding? I have more than a few people convinced that you can pay someone else to hunt for you. One thing a person said, "well I'm not paying for the venison, I'm paying for them to process it for me". I am under the impression from my 20+ years hunting and reading the books every year that, that is also illegal. Any insite or links to the laws about this topic would be great

Oakland County Michigan

1 Response

It's an interesting question! I suspect the answer varies by state. Rather than give you a false interpretation, I suggest you go right to Michigan wildlife law enforcement:

For general enforcement questions,
e-mail DNR-LawEnforcement@michigan.gov
or phone 517-284-6000.

I'd love to hear the answer if you find out!

Robert