Enclosure Management Assistance Program
As required by Public Notice W1-3780, all permitted high-fenced
enclosures containing white-tailed deer must be enrolled in the
Enclosure Management Assistance Program (EMAP). The owner of a
permitted high-fenced enclosure must work with an MDWFP approved
wildlife biologist to manage the white-tailed deer herd within the
enclosure. The wildlife biologist must submit an annual
management plan for the permitted high-fenced enclosure which is
incorporated into the Annual Facility Permit Application.
EMAP is very similar to DMAP (Deer Management Assistance
Program). The starting point of EMAP is goal/objective
setting by the enclosure owner to manage the white-tailed deer herd
within their enclosure. Once goals and objectives are set,
biological data are collected from harvested white-tailed deer,
(i.e., weights, antler measurements, lactation data on does, and a
jaw-bone pulled to determine the age of each deer harvested).
The enclosure owner is responsible for the collection of biological
data. The wildlife biologist is responsible for supplying the
enclosure owner with harvest data sheets and jawbone tags.
After analyzing the harvest data and evaluating the habitat, the
biologist will meet with the enclosure owner to discuss harvest
strategies that are designed to meet specific goals within the
limitations of maintaining a healthy habitat. The wildlife
biologist must submit EMAP deer harvest data to the MDWFP annually
in the same manner as DMAP data are submitted. However, EMAP
and DMAP deer harvest data will be maintained separately by the
EMAP cooperators will receive a harvest summary report after
each hunting season. This report contains a detailed analysis
of current and historical harvest as well as graphs and charts that
show trend directions while facilitating data interpretation.
Progress towards the goals and objectives stated in the annual
management plan will be continuously evaluated using this
A list of MDWFP approved wildlife biologists for enclosures can
be obtained by emailing William McKinley, MDWFP Enclosure Program
Coordinator and Deer Program Biologist, at WilliamM@mdwfp.state.ms.us.