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DNR says hunter licensing system working after weekend issues

Posted at 4:45 PM, Nov 16, 2020

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says its licensing system for hunters is back online after experiencing technical issues over the weekend.

The system began experiencing slowness and timed-out transactions around 9 a.m. Saturday as some customers tried to purchase licenses, according to a news release.

Officials continue to work with the system vendor, Sovereign Sportsmen Solutions, to determine the cause of the issues.

Systems in other states were also affected.

As of Saturday afternoon, Michigan’s licensing system was successfully processing transactions as expected.

More than 45,000 hunters have purchases licenses since then.

Hunters who weren’t able to purchases licenses or deer tags because of Saturday’s system slowdown should do so as soon as possible to comply with state law, the DNR said.

The DNR does not have authority to waive a license as a requirement for hunting.

Michigan’s firearm deer season opened statewide Sunday morning.