Beaver Meadows State Forest Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) Application
The Division of Lands and Forests in Sherburne, NY has received a permit from the Bureau of Wildlife to participate in the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) on Beaver Meadow State Forest in the towns of Smyrna and Otselic in Chenango County. As a result, the Sherburne Forestry office will have DMAP tags available for use on Beaver Meadow State Forest this hunting season for interested hunters with a valid license. Tags are valid only for antlerless deer and will be loaned out on a weekly basis, determined by lottery drawing, depending on demand. A map of the forest (PDF) (1.2 MB) is available as well
Why is DMAP necessary on Beaver Meadow State Forest?
DEC foresters have determined that browsing by deer is negatively impacting the forest beyond what traditional hunting and forest management can address. Tree regeneration, wildflowers and other herbaceous plants have been repeatedly damaged and degraded by persistent overbrowsing by deer. By focusing additional hunting in a targeted area for an extended amount of time, foresters hope to create a 'window of opportunity' for tree regeneration to grow beyond the browse height of deer. Prior to and during this window of opportunity, foresters will strategically group timber sales and increase harvesting intensity in some areas to overwhelm the deer with abundant new forest growth. DMAP tags will be used on Beaver Meadow State Forest for a period of time (3 to 7 years typically) depending on the success of the program. The end result hopefully will be a healthier forest and perhaps even better habitat for deer and other flora and fauna that may have been missing or greatly reduced in the forest due to the effect of prolonged over-browsing by deer.
More information about the Deer Management Assistance Program is available on DEC's website.