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The Michigan deer management cooperator patch, given to hunters who bring their deer to a DNR check station, has been a popular collector’s item for hunters since the early 1970s. Every year the patch design is different, but always portrays the designer’s interpretation of white-tailed deer or deer hunting in Michigan.

Those interested in sharing their design ideas for the 2020 deer patch are encouraged to enter this year’s contest, which is open to everyone.

“Every year we get a fantastic selection of designs!” said Emilie O’Grady, an outreach assistant in the DNR Wildlife Division. “We look forward to seeing all the new submissions, and we wish good luck to all of this year’s artists.”

O’Grady said that the DNR offers the deer patch to thank hunters who present their deer at check stations during the hunting seasons, because it is during these checks that DNR staff is able to collect valuable information about Michigan’s deer population – things like locations where hunters have been successful, the age and sex of deer taken, and a big-picture look at herd health.

Design submissions for the 2020 deer management cooperator patch are due by March 10. Patch designs may be created in any medium and shape, with no more than five colors used. The work must be original and submitted by the artist.

Complete contest information and submission guidelines are available at Michigan.gov/Deer under Cooperator Patches. This year’s contest winner will be contacted in early May.

Questions about the contest? Contact Emilie O’Grady at 517-284-9453

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