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Deer Management Assistance Program

What is DMAP?

The Deer Management Assistance Program enables biologists to help landowners and resource managers implement site specific deer management on their lands.

DEC issues a special permit and a determined number of deer tags to a landowner or resource manager, or a group of landowners or resource managers, whose property is in need of site specific deer management efforts.

DMAP permits are valid for use only during the open deer hunting seasons and can only be used by licensed hunters. Only deer without antlers or having antlers measuring less than three inches in length may be taken under the authority of a DMAP permit.

Under DMAP, the landowner or resource manager is responsible for distributing the antlerless deer tags. They are also required to maintain and submit a summary report to DEC listing the deer taken.

DMAP is intended to supplement but not replace Deer Management Permits on specific sites. In some situations, Damage Permits may also be necessary to help landowners reduce deer numbers.

Am I eligible for DMAP?

To be eligible for DMAP, applicant(s) must own or control lands in New York State that meet one of the following criteria:

  • Land where agricultural damage has been documented or can be documented by the DEC, or:
  • A municipality that has a documented deer problem and a DEC approved plan for deer management, or:
  • Land where deer damage to significant natural communities has been documented or can be documented by the DEC, or:
  • Land contained in one or more parcels totaling 100 or more acres and sharing a contiguous boundary where forest regeneration is negatively impacted by deer. This negative impact must be identified in an existing forest and/or land management plan for the land, or:
  • Land contained in one or more parcels totaling 1000 or more acres and sharing a contiguous boundary that is being managed for improved herd characteristics such as Quality Deer Management (QDM). A deer management plan is required.

Two or more landowners with contiguous boundaries may cooperate to meet the above acreage requirements to be eligible for DMAP.

What will DMAP do?

  • Control targeted populations of white-tailed deer.
  • Reduce agricultural and plant community property damage.
  • Improve landowner and sportsmen relationships. Times and public attitudes have changed; landowners no longer provide the level of open access they once did. DMAP offers an avenue for landowners to meet deer management needs on their property, while providing an incentive to give licensed hunters access to deer and deer hunting.
  • Help to provide sound deer management practices, such as Quality Deer Management, to produce custom white-tailed deer hunting opportunities.

How do I apply?

  • Call your DEC regional wildlife office to request a DMAP Application or download the DMAP Application and Instructions (PDF, 122 KB).
  • You may be required to submit a deer management plan describing the background and scope of the deer problem or stating the deer management goals.
  • Applications for permits valid during the fall big game hunting seasons must be postmarked by September 1.