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Hunters Helping Landowners Program
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    Recently signed legislation created the Hunters Helping Landowners Program, which gives hunters the opportunity to voluntarily enroll and indicate two counties where they would like to hunt antlerless deer on private lands.

    Landowners who want to participate in this program to have more antlerless deer harvested from their property can request a list of volunteer antlerless deer hunters in their county.
For Hunters
  • Volunteer for more opportunity to hunt antlerless deer on private lands To let land owners know that you are available to hunt antlerless deer on private land, in your choice of two Michigan counties, please click here and complete the survey. To volunteer by phone, please contact your local DNR Operations Service Center.

    It is your responsibility as a hunter to obtain the appropriate antlerless deer license(s) to legally harvest antlerless deer on private land. If the landowner has obtained a special private-land permit, then you may become designated in writing as the landowner's authorized designee for harvesting an antlerless deer under a deer management assistance permit or deer damage shooting permit. You must continue to adhere to all deer hunting, firearm and safety rules.
For Landowners
  • Request a list of volunteer hunters for your county If you own property in Michigan where more antlerless deer could be harvested, please click here to complete a landowner survey. You will be able to request a list of volunteer hunters for the county where your land is located.

    Why might a landowner choose to participate in this program?
    • You are a farmer, and deer may be regularly damaging your crops.

    • You have extensive landscaping, and deer may be causing damage.

    • You are personally interested in only harvesting one or two antlerless deer for yourself, but feel that more hunters could benefit from this opportunity on your property.

    • You are not interested in hunting antlerless deer, but feel that hunters could benefit from this opportunity on your property.