The Michigan Deer Management Cooperator Patch has been a collector’s item for hunters since the early 1970s.
This year, the Department of Natural Resources is asking the public to design the deer patch for the first time ever!
“Over the years, hunters or others have asked about or submitted patch ideas, but we have always hired an artist or used DNR staff,” said Jordyn Richardson, DNR outreach technician. “This year, we thought, let’s make it a contest so we can get a lot of different ideas and bring some excitement back to the patch.”
The DNR has been providing the patch as a thank-you to hunters for bringing their deer to DNR check stations. At check stations, the DNR collects valuable data about the state’s deer population.
Those interested in participating in the contest should submit their designs by:
April 2nd, 2018.
Submissions must include artist’s name, mailing address and phone number.
All entries must be mailed to:
DNR Wildlife Division Attn: Emilie O’Grady 525 W. Allegan St. P.O. Box 30444 Lansing, MI 48909
Contest guidelines are as follows:
Entries must be submitted through U.S. mail.
Entries must be postmarked by April 2, 2018.
Entries must include the artist’s name, mailing address and phone number.
Anyone can enter the contest. Children under the age of 13 need parental/guardian permission. (Permission is given by including parent/guardian signature on the back of the entry.)
Work must be original to the artist and must be submitted by the artist or artist’s parent or guardian.
Entries may be any medium but must be submitted on paper, hand-drawn or printed.
Entries must portray a white-tailed deer and Michigan habitat or represent Michigan deer hunting.
Entries may include a maximum of seven colors.
“Successful Hunter 2018” must be included in the design.
“Deer Management Cooperator” must be included in the design.