Now is a great time to prepare habitat improvement plans

Check out the Deer Management Assistance Program today

MADISON – While some of Wisconsin’s hunting seasons have ended, hunters thinking about next year can prepare their property for success through enrollment in the Deer Management Assistance Program.

Good habitat means more deer and better hunting

Interested landowners, hunters and land managers are encouraged to join nearly 1,100 current DMAP cooperators managing habitat for wildlife on the property they own or hunt. DMAP cooperators receive personalized advice and technical assistance from their local DNR wildlife biologist and forester.

Landowners and hunters are encouraged to apply now to receive immediate access to informational resources, including:

  • habitat and deer management information;
  • communication with local DNR staff;
  • annual DMAP reports and publications;
  • volunteer opportunities; and
  • invitations to DMAP workshops.

DMAP applications can be submitted at any time; however, landowners enrolling 160 acres or more should submit their DMAP application by March 1, 2018 to be eligible for a site visit, property specific management plan and reduced price antlerless tags in 2018.

“DMAP is a great program for conservation-minded people that want to improve habitat for wildlife on the property they own or hunt,” said Bob Nack, DNR DMAP coordinator. “Even if you don’t own land, landowners can authorize a representative for the property they enroll in DMAP.”

Anyone looking to learn more about what DMAP enrollment could mean for their hunt is encouraged to check out a Wild Wisconsin: Off the Record podcast with two current program enrollees.

What can active habitat management do for your deer hunt?

A series of annual workshops held regionally throughout Wisconsin are an additional benefit of DMAP enrollment – spring workshops focus on deer ecology and research findings, while summer programs focus on habitat management techniques and strategies. These workshops also include a tour of a DMAP property led by wildlife biologists and foresters.

For DMAP application information, visit and search keyword “DMAP.”