Michigan DNR Opens Grant Applications For Deer Private Land Assistance

Starting Thursday, July 13, anyone owning private land will have a chance to open their property to the DNR to help deer habitat, if they apply for it.

The DNR announced that you can now apply for Deer Private Land Assistance Network grants.

Land owners can now enroll in six counties, including Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Alpena, Presque Isle and Montmorency.

It’s a competitive scoring aimed at improving habitat and reducing the chance of bovine tuberculosis — with certain criteria.

“Things like creation of food plots, areas that are going to pull deer off of ag-fields and into areas where they can be more exposed to hunting or harvest,” says Brian Piccolo, DNR Wildlife Biologist. “We’re just trying to create partnerships through the DNR and with these landowners to work with to properly manage their deer herd on a property."

Land proposals meeting basic requirements could receive between $2,000 and $10,000 out of a $50,000 grant to be made available starting in 2018.

Applications are due by September 1st.

You can find additional information and the application on the DNR’s website.

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