Contact(s): Bob Nack, DNR Deer Management Assistance Program coordinator, 608-264-6137
MADISON - Landowners with at least 160 acres who are interested in receiving a site visit in 2018 from wildlife and forestry professionals through the Deer Management Assistance Program are reminded to submit an application before March 1.
DMAP provides assistance to landowners and hunters to improve habitat for wildlife -cooperators benefit from sharing information and networking with other conservation-minded landowners and resource professionals.
DNR foresters and biologists team up to visit properties larger than 160 acres and develop personalized management plans tailored to each property. Landowners who own less than 160 acres will receive technical assistance, informational resources and workshop invitations.
"The passion these folks have for taking an active role in improving their land is apparent on every site visit and it is great working together to create great habitat for future generations," said Curt Rollman, DNR deer biologist.
Landowners with less than 160 acres who are interested in program enrollment and a site visit are encouraged to explore forming a cooperative membership with their neighbors. Group cooperatives are a great way for landowners to network with others who share similar land management goals. Group cooperatives may help individual landowners achieve the minimum acreage requirements for level 2 or 3 benefits. Landowners may also share costs and equipment to conduct habitat management activities over a larger area.
"I really find it very exciting to think that likeminded individuals have an opportunity to influence wildlife populations on a landscape scale, and that these cooperatives take it upon themselves to do it - we all know deer and other wildlife do not understand the concept of property borders and by having multiple landowners within a co-op being collaborative, management wise, allows for some very measurable accomplishments," said Matt Esser, DNR deer biologist. "Working with members of a cooperative who are eager to learn more about managing their land allows me to create great relationships and help out with management recommendations on a larger amount of acreage - in the end, this is a positive for everyone involved."
One DMAP cooperator from Lincoln County commented, "Nothing in this world compares to following a forester and a biologist through your woods and having them explain the different things they pick out - it's amazing. DMAP can take your deer hunting and management to the next level."
Landowners interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to check out a Wild Wisconsin: Off the Record podcast featuring two DMAP cooperators. For more podcasts and video segments regarding deer management in Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "Wild Wisconsin" or visit the department's YouTube page.
While applications are accepted throughout the year, landowners who wish to enroll 160 acres or more must apply by March 1 to be eligible for a site visit in 2018. For more information regarding DMAP, search keyword "DMAP."