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As you’ve probably read, Michigan deer check station locations and hours and days of operation will be reduced in 2021.

This year, the DNR is beginning a five-year process of strategic, focused chronic wasting disease surveillance by testing deer heads around the state. This year, testing will occur mainly in the southernmost three tiers of Michigan counties. Over the next four years, the remainder of the state will be systematically sampled to determine if CWD is present in other areas where it has not yet been identified.

CWD testing for surveillance will continue free of charge for all deer harvested in Allegan, Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Eaton, Gratiot, southern Isabella, Hillsdale, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Joseph, Washtenaw and Wayne counties, and also from the core CWD surveillance area in the Upper Peninsula (portions of Dickinson, Menominee and Delta counties). Deer heads from these counties can be submitted at any open deer check station from now through early January. Deer harvested in Clinton, Dickinson, Ingham, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties can be tested for CWD for free through the DNR from Nov. 15-18 only.

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Deer hunter with harvest

Hunters can expect excellent conditions for the 2021 firearm deer season, which begins Monday, Nov. 15. As Michigan DNR conservation officers gear up for the season, they share best practices and tips to avoid the most common violations and mistakes they see every year.

“Most of the violations that conservation officers encounter during firearm deer season are simple mistakes people make when they get caught up in the excitement of the hunt or forget to put safety first,” said F/Lt. Jason Wicklund, DNR Law Enforcement Division. “We want people to be safe, so they have a good story to tell friends and family about their successful hunt.”

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Conservation Officers encourage Indiana hunters to donate harvested deer to help feed hungry Hoosiers.

The Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund administered by the DNR Division of Law Enforcement provides grants to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, the Dubois County Sportsmen Club, and Hunters and Farmers Feeding the Hungry to pay for processing fees when hunters donate legally harvested deer.

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Sportsmen Against Hunger

As Michigan’s deer season rolls into the firearms season, the time is right for hunters to help hungry families in their community by donating a deer to Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger. 

“Join a different kind of deer drive this November by donating a deer to provide venison for those in need,” said Dustin Isenhoff, specialist in the DNR Marketing and Outreach Division, who coordinates the department’s partnership with Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger. “Hunters who donate a whole deer have a chance to win some great prizes for participating.”

Hunters have a chance to win gift cards and other prizes by donating a deer at:

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As of Oct. 1, Michigan hunters can now report their 2021 deer harvest online.

All data collected helps the DNR to manage the deer population in Michigan. Reporting your deer is optional, but highly encouraged.

When you report your harvest, you’ll be asked to give your hunting license number, date of birth, deer season (archery, firearm, etc.), date of harvest, the county and deer management unit where you harvested your deer, whether you harvested an antlered or antlerless deer, the number of antler points, and the location where the deer was harvested.

The location information is kept private and used for statistical purposes only.

This video will walk you through the simple steps you’ll use to report your deer harvest online. You can report your harvest at Michigan.gov/DNRHarvestReport.