A friend recently informed me that the State of Michigan is making it illegal to be in possession of venison that you did not report to the State.
That is, to be in possession of meat from a deer that you legally harvested and tagged (with the tag you paid for) and processed at home but then neglected to inform the state.
Beginning this year, deer hunters are required to report a successful harvest within 72 hours or before transferring possession of the deer (to another person, a processer or taxidermist). Hunters must continue to attach a paper kill tag to a harvested deer. The kill tag should remain with the head if the head and body of the deer are separated. Anyone in possession of a deer after the harvest reporting timeframe expires should be able to present the confirmation number. Source Source 2
According to my friend, the penalty for not reporting the venison in your freezer is up to 90 days in jail and up to a $500 fine.
The new requirement is fraught with issues. For one thing, the two official ways of reporting are via a mobile phone app or on-line. Presumably people who are not "wired" are not allowed to harvest deer. This probably seems like a trifle to a thirty-something who lives in the city but there are still curmudgeons who don't own a cell phone or a computer. Oh, and we don't have "friends to help" us.
Another problem is that the law requires that I notify the State if I "transfer" a couple of pounds of venison to any other person. So I cannot give a hungry family a bit of meat without the State knowing and, presumably, without their tacit permission. That seems ominous given the potential food-insecurity looming on the horizon and our "betters" telling us it is immoral to eat meat.
Another issue regards the enforceability of the law. How will the DNR be able to enforce this law AND stay on the right side of the Fourth Amendment and Fifth Amendment? Won't they have to seize the contents of your freezer and perform DNA testing on every suspect lump of meat? Will they show up with warrants-based-on-hear-say that explicitly states which pieces of meat will be confiscated or will it be a blanket warrant that confiscates every scrap of food in your freezers and fridge...food which will never be returned or might have thawed out while in their possession?
The State's insatiable desire for data
The State is abjectly failing at many different levels.
Collecting more data might give the lever-pullers in the government a sense of accomplishment but it has no discernible effect on the street. There are many places where The State is in free-fall and is dysfunctional. More unenforceable laws and more data will not fix that.