Wisconsin’s Deer Management Assistance Program now accepting applications for 2016
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MADISON — Conservation-minded landowners and hunters can maximize wildlife habitat potential through Wisconsin’s Deer Management Assistance Program.
DMAP promotes wildlife habitat management on properties of any size that complements land use activities like agriculture and timber management.
“DMAP continues to expand across the state,” said Bob Nack, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources DMAP coordinator. “We are working closely with nearly 750 landowners and two public land agencies in order to help manage nearly 188,000 acres of land for deer and other wildlife.”
In 2016, two workshops focused on deer biology and management will be offered in March, along with summer habitat management workshops, to help DMAP enrollees improve habitat and wildlife management. DMAP habitat management workshops were offered to DMAP cooperators in 2015, and those who participated last year are encouraged to sign up for these new workshops.
“According to a survey of cooperators, 93 percent of DMAP cooperators report being satisfied with the program,” said Nack. “This group of landowners and hunters is also committed to the goal of improving habitat for deer and other wildlife – 97 percent intend to implement at least some of the habitat improvement recommendations included in their property management plans.”
While applications may be submitted at any time, prospective enrollees with properties over 160 acres who wish to receive a site visit and management plan in 2016 must submit an application before March 1. All enrolled landowners will receive information regarding habitat and deer management, communication with local DNR staff, annual DMAP reports, DNR publications, and DMAP workshop invitations. Landowners are encouraged to apply now to receive immediate access to educational resources and DMAP updates.
Neighboring landowners with properties within one-half mile of each other are encouraged to consider group cooperative enrollment. Landowners in a group cooperative may combine acreage to total 160 acres or more and receive a site visit and management plan. Group cooperatives provide an opportunity to improve relations and hunting opportunities among neighbors, share costs and equipment on habitat projects, and benefit deer and other wildlife over a greater area.
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 “Deer Management Assistance Program,” found under Wildlife Management.
For more information regarding DMAP, including an application, search keyword “DMAP.”