What is DMAP?
The Deer Management Assistance Program, (DMAP) is a comprehensive
deer management program, consisting of data collection and
cooperator education. Using this, the MDWFP tries to put the
landowner/cooperator in a better position to manage their lands for
a healthy deer herd, while maintaining habitat integrity.
Cooperators set their own deer management goals and collect
biological information on harvested deer. In turn, wildlife
biologists from the MDWFP, or other DMAP approved biologists,
analyze the data and provide managers with the facts necessary to
make informed management decisions. The program is continuously
interactive and open for modification. Data from the program are
used to develop site specific harvest recommendations, and have
prompted numerous research projects to help better understand deer
The starting point of DMAP is goal/objective setting by the
cooperator. Then biological data are collected from harvested deer,
(i.e. weights, antler measurements, lactation data on does, and a
jaw-bone pulled to determine the age of each deer harvested). After
analyzing the harvest data and in some cases limited habitat
evaluation, the biologist will meet with the landowner/cooperator
to discuss harvest strategies that are designed to meet their
specific goals within the limitations of maintaining a healthy
What are the DMAP
For a property to be considered for DMAP the landowner/lease
holder must be interested in deer management and have the ability
to perform the necessary activities to reach their goals. The
property must be at least 1000 contiguous acres, or have the
ability to harvest a minimum of 10 does per year.
What do Cooperators get from
The cooperator receives a harvest summary report after each
hunting season. This report contains a detailed analysis of the
current and past year's harvest as well as graphs and charts that
help show trend directions while facilitating data interpretation.
Progress toward the desired goals and objectives are continuously
evaluated. A phone conversation or a meeting with their respective
biologist is usually an annual follow-up to answer the many
questions that will arise. Ideally, the biologist attempts to
schedule at least one meeting in person with each club or, at a
minimum, all the clubs from each county each year.
What does DMAP cost?
Cost of DMAP is the collection of data for the MDWFP. This data
includes: sex, weights, antler measurements on bucks, lactation
data on does, and jawbones from all harvested deer from the
property. Without proper data collection from the cooperator the
biologist cannot give proper harvest recommendations. Cooperator
responsibility within DMAP is a burden for some and yet quite easy
for others. Data collection methods are standardized and
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