January 13, 2015
MADISON - Conservation-minded landowners and land managers throughout Wisconsin are reminded of an opportunity to play a key role in deer and habitat management through the Deer Management Assistance Program.
Landowners with an interest in promoting healthy deer and other wildlife through active management are ideal candidates for DMAP. The program allows for habitat management alongside existing land use activities like agriculture and timber management.
The 2015 enrollment deadline for properties larger than 160 acres is March 1, and landowners are encouraged to apply early. Both public and private lands are eligible to participate in DMAP. Program cooperators at each level will receive immediate access to educational resources and DMAP updates.
"We had a great first year of DMAP in 2014," said Bob Nack, DMAP coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "We worked with nearly 300 landowners who are working to improve more than 44,000 acres of land for the benefit of Wisconsin's white-tailed deer and many other forest wildlife species."
Landowners and land managers with properties larger than 160 acres must apply before the March 1 deadline in order to qualify for Level 2 or 3 benefits in 2015. These benefits include all Level 1 benefits, in addition to site visits with local DNR staff, a property management plan and eligibility for reduced-price antlerless harvest tags.
Properties less than 160 acres will be automatically accepted for Level 1 enrollment on a continuous basis. Level 1 benefits include access to DMAP reports and DNR publications regarding habitat and deer management, communication with local DNR staff and an invitation to DMAP workshops.
Neighboring landowners with properties within one-half mile of each other are encouraged to enroll as a group cooperative. Group cooperatives provide an opportunity to share costs and equipment on habitat projects and to benefit deer and other wildlife over a greater area while improving relations and hunting opportunities among neighbors.
Those interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to participate in an informational chat Thursday, Feb. 5 at noon. To view a chat schedule and check out previous chats, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword "expert." For more information regarding DMAP and the application process, 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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bob Nack, DNR big game section chief & DMAP coordinator, 608-264-6137