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Deer Management Assistance Program Taking Enrollments
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/26/2017

Conservation-minded people throughout Wisconsin are encouraged to enroll in the Deer Management Assistance Program to improve wildlife habitat on property they own or hunt. The DMAP provides resources for wildlife habitat management, which complements land use activities like agriculture and timber management on properties of any size.

"DNR staff current work with more than 1,000 DMAP cooperators and two public land agencies on nearly 221,000 acres of land across the state to improve habitat for the wildlife resources we all enjoy," said DMAP Coordinator Bob Nack with the Department of Natural Resources. "We continue to develop new ways for cooperators to get involved and expand their knowledge of habitat and wildlife management."

Neighboring landowners with properties within one-half mile of each other are encouraged to enroll as a group cooperative. Landowners in a group cooperative with a combined acreage of 160 acres or more receive a site visit and management plan. Group cooperatives also 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.

Another benefit open to all DMAP cooperators is a series of annual DMAP workshops held regionally throughout Wisconsin. Six deer and habitat workshops were offered to DMAP cooperators in 2016, and additional workshops are slated for spring and summer 2017. Topics range from invasive species management and how to conduct a timber harvest to aging deer by tooth wear.

For more information regarding DMAP and to apply, go to dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "DMAP."

Applications are due March 1.

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