City approves deer management program

The Norton Shores City Council approved a managed archery hunt program during the October 17, 2023 Council Meeting  additional discussion occurred at the June and September council work session meetings. The program will allow 20-25 volunteer hunters to harvest antlerless deer within specified areas of Norton Shores.


Due to the overwhelming interest by volunteer hunters, the City of Norton Shores will be accepting applications through Friday, November 3, 2023, at 5 PM. 








• The Norton Shores deer management program is an organized managed archery hunting program that adheres to all Ml DNR rules and regulations.

• All volunteer hunters must be pre-approved by the City of Norton Shores by submitting an application, passing an archery proficiency test, and completing a mandatory orientation.

• Hunters are required to harvest at least two antlerless deer before taking an antlered deer. Hunters will need to purchase and use their own deer tag for any antlered deer as the management permits are antlerless only. Hunters must also, as cleanly as possible, discard of all harvested deer and absolutely no field dressing is allowed on site.

• Attached is a map of the areas highlighted in orange that include public and privately-owned land. All City parks will remain open during the managed archery hunting program. Signage will be used on public property to inform pedestrians of hunting activity in the area.

• City staff must be made aware of the location, time/date, and if hunting from ground or tree stand of every hunter while actively participating in the deer management program. Volunteer hunters must carry the official City deer management program ID provided to them at all times while hunting.

• Any volunteer hunter that violates the guidelines as described above will be swiftly removed from the program.



Please email completed applications to: Brian Clarke, Parks and Recreation Superintendent at

231-798-4391 ext.1400