Madison -- Landowners, hunters and land managers interested in improving wildlife habitat on land they own or hunt are encouraged to sign up for Wisconsin's Deer Management Assistance Program before the March 1, 2017 application deadline.
DMAP engages landowners and hunters to balance wildlife and habitat needs on a given property. Landowners can designate anyone as a representative for their property to allow friends or family that may not own land themselves to take the lead on habitat management. Applications are accepted at any time for automatic access to Level 1 benefits, including an online library of habitat and deer management resources, communication with local DNR staff, annual DMAP reports, volunteer opportunities and invitations to regional DMAP workshops.
Applications for properties larger than 160 acres, which enroll at Level 2 or 3, should be submitted before March 1 in order to be eligible for site visits and property-specific habitat and deer management plans in 2017.
Neighboring landowners with properties within one-half mile of each other can also explore enrolling as a group cooperative. Group cooperatives with a combined acreage of at least 160 acres receive a site visit and management plan. Cooperatives 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.
Landowners can join hundreds of DMAP cooperators as a steward of our Wisconsin land and wildlife resources -- to apply or learn more about DMAP, search the Department of Natural Resources website, dnr.wi.gov, for 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.