Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) mapped out

The Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) is intended to help landowners manage deer populations.

For hunters, it means a chance to take more deer.

A DMAP harvest permit allows a hunter to take one antlerless deer on the designated property.

The permit may be used in any season, but “the hunter must be properly licensed for the season,” according to a release from the Allegheny National Forest. And, the hunter must follow all the other rules that apply. For example, a hunter licensed to hunt in muzzleloader season may use a DMAP permit during that season, but may only take the antlerless deer with a muzzleloader.

“Antlerless deer may also be taken on DMAP units during the antlered-only firearms season — Nov. 30 through Dec. 6 — by hunters with DMAP permits for the property on which they take their antlerless deer,” according to the ANF release.

A hunter may have up to two DMAP permits per DMAP unit.

There are 10 DMAP units on Allegheny National Forest and Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative lands this year.

The locations can be found at www.kqdc.com and by clicking on ‘big game hunting’ at www.fs.usda.gov/activity/allegheny/recreation/hunting.

For those units, hunters interested in DMAP permits may be purchased directly through a licensing agent (or the Outdoors Shop).

Private landowners may or may not hand out coupons. They are given coupons at a rate of up to one per five acres of cultivated land or up to one per 50 acres of non-cultivated land.

Hunters who receive a coupon from a landowner may take it to a licensing agency to purchase a DMAP permit.

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, “Hunters are responsible for acquiring the landowner information needed to participate in Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP).”

There is a list of participating property owners on the game commission’s DMAP Participating Properties web page.

Hunting licenses and DMAP permits go on sale on Monday, June 17.

A DMAP applicant must have the number of the unit for which they are interested in purchasing a permit.

The cost of a resident DMAP permit is $10.90. For non-residents, the cost is $35.90. DMAP permit holders are required to file a harvest report whether or not they take a deer.

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