Michigan DNR Offering Deer Habitat Grants in Bovine TB Areas

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced that the application period for the DNR’s Deer Habitat Improvement Program grant is open. The program is designed to fund deer habitat improvement projects on private land in counties where bovine tuberculosis (TB) is present. The awarded funds will be used to improve deer habitat and increase opportunities for hunters to successfully harvest deer.

Landowners with property in Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, Oscoda and Presque Isle counties are eligible to apply for the grant. Applications for habitat improvement in other counties will not be considered. Grants will be awarded in amounts from $500 to $2,500. A total of $50,000 will be available for grants and program delivery in 2022.

The Deer Habitat Improvement Program is funded though the Deer Range Improvement Program Fund, which comes from $1.50 that is collected from every deer hunting license sold in Michigan. The program is available in partnership with the Alpena-Montmorency Conservation District.

Project applications must be received by February 14, 2022, and successful applicants will be notified by March 1.

To learn more about the Deer Habitat Improvement Program grant, click here, or email or call Emily Sewell at 231-340-1821.

About Torin Miller

Torin Miller is a licensed attorney and NDA’s Director of Policy. He works at the intersection of conservation and natural resources law, policy, advocacy and education. He has a bachelor's degree in wildlife and fisheries science from Penn State University, a J.D. from Penn State Law and is finishing a master's degree in wildlife and fisheries science at Penn State. Torin came to NDA via the National Deer Alliance, where he served as the Policy and Outreach Coordinator.