The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding hunters that they were supposed to have removed scaffolds, raised platforms, ladders, steps and other climbing devices from public lands by March 1.
People who own equipment that is left on public lands past the March 1 deadline could be sentenced to 90 days in jail and/or fines ranging from $50 to $500.
Tree stands on public land must be portable, and the hunter’s name and address must be affixed in legible English that can be read easily from the ground.
Scaffolds, raised platforms, steps and ladders cannot be placed on public land any earlier than Sept. 1 and must be removed by March 1.
A permanent raised platform or tree stand can be placed on private property with the permission of the property owner.