Cooperator Patches

Deer Cooperator Patch

Cooperator patches are used as an incentive for successful hunters to bring their deer to DNR check stations. A deer head (antlers must still be attached on bucks) or an entire carcass must be presented to receive a patch. Patches are not available by mail. Hunters also are urged to call ahead whenever possible to confirm hours and days of operation. Please note that deer patches are only available when bringing your deer to a check station where DNR staff are present to check your deer. 

The 2018 Patch Contest saw over 200 entries, and the winning patch design was created by Matt MacDonald of Toronto, ON, CA. 

2019 Patch Contest

Those interested in participating in the contest should submit their designs by February 1, 2019. 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 February 1, 2019. 
  • 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 2019” must be included in the design.
  • “Deer Management Cooperator” must be included in the design.
  • “" must be included in the design.
  • Submitted entries must be scaled to a size of 3 inches by 4 inches or 3 inches by 3 inches (the final size of the patch).
  • Entries must include the DNR logo. (Feel free to create a circular placeholder. The minimum size of the logo on the final patch is 1 inch.)
  • Once a patch design is submitted, it is the property of the DNR.
The DNR:
  • Reserves the right to not use any entries submitted for patch design
  • Reserves the right to use any entry as the basis for patch designs in future years.
  • Will protect the integrity of winner's design composition as much as possible.
  • May make changes to assist in the production of the patch.
  • Reserves the exclusive right to authorize the reproduction of the winning design.
  • Will not insure the entries received or be responsible for loss or damage to the entries.
  • Has the right to use the designer’s name and image for promotional purposes without compensation to the designer.
  • Has the right to destroy submissions.
The winner will be contacted in early March.
For questions about the contest, contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-9453.