Wisconsin’s Deer Management Assistance Program now accepting applications for 2017

MADISON — Conservation-minded people throughout Wisconsin are encouraged to enroll in the Deer Management Assistance Program to improve wildlife habitat on property they own or hunt.

DMAP provides resources for wildlife habitat management, which complements land use activities like agriculture and timber management on properties of any size.

March 1, 2017 application deadline for properties over 160 acres

The application deadline is March 1 for properties larger than 160 acres, which may be eligible for a site visit and management plan in 2017. While applications may be submitted at any time, landowners 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.

“DNR staff current work with more than 1,000 DMAP cooperators and two public land agencies on nearly 221,000 acres of land across the state to improve habitat for the wildlife resources we all enjoy,” said Bob Nack, DMAP coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources. “We continue to develop new ways for cooperators to get involved and expand their knowledge of habitat and wildlife management.”

Neighboring landowners with properties within one-half mile of each other are encouraged to enroll as a group cooperative. Landowners in a group cooperative with a combined acreage of 160 acres or more receive a site visit and management plan. Group cooperatives also provide an opportunity to monitor local wildlife populations and share costs and equipment on habitat projects to benefit deer and other wildlife over a greater area.

Another benefit open to all DMAP cooperators is a series of annual DMAP workshops held regionally throughout Wisconsin. Six deer and habitat workshops were offered to DMAP cooperators in 2016, and additional workshops are slated for spring and summer 2017. Topics range from invasive species management and how to conduct a timber harvest to aging deer by tooth wear.

“DMAP workshops are a great opportunity to network with other conservation-minded people,” said Nack. “DMAP cooperators share a common goal of promoting the principles of land stewardship and sharing their experiences with others.”

For more information regarding DMAP and to apply, go to dnr.wi.gov and search keyword “DMAP.”

To receive DMAP email updates and other information, visit dnr.wi.gov and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page for “subscribe for updates for DNR topics.” Follow the prompts and select the “Deer Management Assistance Program” option, found under Wildlife Management.