Michigan hunters have March 1 deadline to remove tree stands

State officials are reminding hunters that tree stands must be removed from public land by March 1.

The Department of Natural Resources says all scaffolds, raised platforms, ladders, steps and other tree-climbing devices must be taken down.

Owners of equipment that remains on public land after the deadline could be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.

Tree stands on public land must be portable and carry the hunter’s name and address in legible English that can be read easily from the ground.

Scaffolds, raised platforms, ladders, steps and other devices to assist in climbing a tree cannot be placed on public land any earlier than Sept. 1 and must be removed by March 1.  (AP)

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