Department of Natural Resources
Cooperator patches are an incentive for successful hunters to submit the biological data of their harvested deer to the DNR.
The above 2020 winning deer patch design was submitted by Ray Kukurka of Farmington Hills, MI.
How do I get my deer patch this year?
You have a couple of different options to get your patch. The first option is that you may visit an open deer check station yet this winter to obtain your patch. Some check stations will be open into early January. Information about check station availability can be found at www.Michigan.gov/DeerCheck. Your other option is that when DNR Customer Service Centers re-open in 2021, you can stop in for a 2020 deer patch at that time, while supplies last. If you stop in then, you will be asked to show a photo of, or a kill tag from, your 2020 deer harvest to obtain a patch.