It’s easy to purchase a fishing license

Fishing remains a popular sport.

LANSING — There are two simple ways you can purchase a fishing license in Michigan:

1.) Visit a local license retailer or DNR Customer Service Center and make a purchase in person.2.) Use the e-License system to buy a license online 24 hours a day, seven days a week with your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Fishing license dollars fund a variety of activities including; fish management work on the state’s waters, habitat rehabilitation and protection, fish stocking, information distribution, education and outreach efforts to anglers and the public, and much more.

Fisheries Division does not receive any general fund tax dollars to support its activities. Instead, the DNR dependa heavily on angler dollars collected through fishing license sales and federal excise tax dollars from the sale of fishing tackle (Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act) to manage Michigan’s fisheries. Buying a fishing license, even if you do not plan to go fishing, can make a big difference to the future health of Michigan’s prized freshwaters.

Big Buck Contest

Hunters can still enter deer taken during the 2017 season in The Pioneer’s Big Buck contest. Those harvested by bow can be entered in the archery division. Deer can be brought in during business hours at 115 North Michigan, Big Rapids, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, except on holidays. The entire body must be brought in.

The final hunting day is on Jan. 1 with the end of the archery season.

Entries can also be taken during business hours to Kelly’s Deer Processing at 19077 E. 12 Mile Road, Big Rapids.


Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at

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