Cooperator Patches

Deer Cooperator Patch

Cooperator patches are an incentive for successful hunters to bring their deer to DNR check stations. A deer head (antlers must remain 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 above 2019 winning deer patch design was submitted by Spencer Reynolds of Lansing, MI. 

Design the 2020 Deer Management Cooperator Patch

The Michigan Deer Management Cooperator Patch, given to those who bring their harvested deer to a DNR check station, has been a popular collector’s item for hunters since the early 1970s.

Those interested in sharing their design ideas for the “deer patch” can do so by entering the patch design contest. Design submissions for the 2020 Deer Management Cooperator Patch are due by March 10th, 2020.

Contest guidelines are as follows:

  • All entries must be mailed to:
    • Wildlife Division
      Attn: Emilie O’Grady
      525 W Allegan St. 
      Lansing, MI 48933
  • Submissions must include artist’s name, mailing address, and phone number.
  • Anyone can enter the contest. Children under the age of 13 need a parental permission signature on the back of their submitted artwork to be eligible.
  • Work must be original and submitted by the artist (no clipart, stock imagery or other non-original artwork or graphics).
  • Entries can be any medium and shape, but no larger than 3” X 4”.
  • Designs must portray white-tailed deer or white-tailed deer hunting in a Michigan habitat.
  • No more than 5 colors may be used in designs.
  • Please remember that these designs will be stitched out on a patch, heavily detailed designs will not be able to patch out correctly.
  • The Michigan Department of Natural Resources logo must be included in the design.
  • The following text must be included within the design: Successful Hunter, 2020, Deer Management Cooperator, MI.gov/Deer. 
  • The winner will be contacted in early May.
  • The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will hold the rights to all submitted artwork.

Good luck to all the artists!

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