Cornell UniversityThe Nature Conservancy

Community Example: Meridian Township, Michigan

Key facts

  • The Township purchases large numbers of antlerless permits from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources each year and distributes them to hunters for a $15 fee
  • Annual operating budget includes deer management activities
  • Community Size: Medium city (10,000 to 50,000 people)
  • Region: Midwest
    • Plan established in 2011

    Meridian Township (population of approximately 40,000) has conducted its deer management program annually—during Michigan’s regular archery season—since 2011. Professional sharpshooters and qualified, experienced volunteer bow hunters participate in the harvest, and venison is donated to a local food pantry.