Wisconsin DNR program helps landowners improve deer habitat

MADISON, Wis. –Landowners, hunters and land managers looking to improve habitat for deer and other wildlife are encouraged to enroll in Wisconsin’s Deer Management Assistance Program.

DMAP provides informational resources and professional assistance regarding wildlife habitat management techniques for properties of any size to help participants improve habitat for wildlife.

“If you’re interested in seeing more deer on your property, DMAP is a great option,” said Bob Nack, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources DMAP coordinator. “The program provides individual property management plans and access to a community of other landowners working toward the same goal of improving wildlife habitat on their properties.”

Enrollment is always open, but properties of 160 acres or more are encouraged to enroll prior to March 1, 2019, to receive priority access to program benefits, including a site visit and walk-through in 2019 with a professional wildlife biologist and forester.

DMAP participants receive access to statewide workshops on habitat and deer management, including professional presentations, property tours and hands-on demonstrations. In addition, they receive a unique opportunity participate in research projects and collect data on the deer they harvest and wildlife they observe.

As one DMAP cooperator stated, “DMAP has been providing me with the resources and education that is helping me manage my property for quality wildlife habitat and a healthy forest.”

Check out an episode of the Wild Wisconsin: Off the Record podcast, titled “What can active management do for your deer hunt?” on YouTube, iTunes, Stitcher and PodBean to hear more from DNR staff and DMAP enrollees.

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

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