DMAP is a program aimed at intensively managing deer herds on private lands. It is designed to give cooperators -- whether landowners, hunt clubs or lease operators -- extra assistance in managing deer. Under the program, cooperators set their own management goals ranging from producing maximum numbers of harvestable deer to producing trophy bucks.
If biologists believe the cooperator’s objectives cannot be met within the current antlerless regulations for the area, a recommended number of DMAP hunting permits will be made available to the cooperator. Each permit allows the holder of a DMAP antlerless tag to harvest an antlerless deer any day during the archery, primitive firearms or deer gun seasons, not just on designated antlerless days. These permits are bonus tags and in addition, allows cooperators to harvest antlerless deer throughout the entire month of December.
DMAP cooperators collect detailed biological information on deer they harvest. Wildlife Department biologists analyze the data and provide recommendations necessary for cooperators to make informed management decisions. Because it is very difficult to manage deer and achieve realistic goals on small parcels of land, a minimum of 1,000 acres is required. Potential applicants with less than 1,000 acres may combine lands with adjoining landowners to meet the required minimum.
For DMAP to work effectively a minimum of 1,000 acres is required. Potential applicants with less than 1,000 acres may combine lands with adjoining landowners to meet the required minimum.
Landowners must submit to the Wildlife Department a completed application, a legal description of the property, a map showing general location and boundaries of the property by May 15th and a nonrefundable enrollment fee of $200 for lands 1,000 to 4,999 acres and $400 for lands 5,000 acres and over.
All approved cooperators will be notified by August 15.