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Consignment of DMPs

Deer Management Permits (DMPs) allow for the taking of antlerless deer only. Removal of antlerless deer from the population is the most effective and efficient tool for controlling deer numbers over large landscape areas. Allowing the transfer of DMPs maximizes our ability to use this tool.

Transferring DMPs

There is a section on your DMP that you can sign indicating that you consent to allow another hunter to use your DMP. You can only transfer your DMP to other hunters who are already licensed to hunt deer.

The hunter who wishes to receive and use your DMP must write your DMP number, in indelible ink or indelible pencil, on the License Privilege Panel immediately below the line where it states "DMP #'s received from other hunters."

As a result of your written consent to allow your DMP to be transferred and the receiving hunter adding your DMP number to his or her license, the DMP may be legally possessed and used by that hunter. Possession of someone else's DMP would otherwise be illegal.

Remember: Only DMP carcass tags can be transferred from one hunter to another. Hunting licenses or other tags (regular season tag and Bow/Mz tags) are not transferrable.


DMP Consignment Example 1
DMP tag of hunter Art Fern
  • To transfer his DMP carcass tag hunter Art Fern must sign the bottom of the tag. This allows the DMP carcass tag to be transferred.
  • The DMP carcass tag is given to Pete Moss.
DMP Consignment Example 2
License Privilege Panel of hunter Pete Moss
  • Hunter Pete Moss must record the Doc# from the DMP carcass tag being transferred to him on his license.
  • If Pete Moss does not use the DMP carcass tag, he can give it back to Art Fern or give it to another hunter. The other hunter must then record the Doc# from the DMP carcass tag on his/her license.

Using a Consigned DMP

  • Licensed hunters may receive up to two consigned DMPS from other hunters.
  • There are two spaces available on the License Privilege panel for hunters to write in the DMP permit numbers they receive from another hunter.
  • Consignment allows others to possess and use your DMP but it need not be a permanent transfer. If the DMP is not filled by any other party, you may use it, only after it is returned to you. Whoever has possession afield of the DMP may take an antlerless deer with it.
  • There is no limit to the number of hunters who can borrow a single DMP; however, only the hunter who is actually in possession of the permit in the field may use it to take a deer.
  • One DMP cannot be used to take multiple antlerless deer.
  • If you don't use a consigned DMP and return it to its original owner, you have still used up one of your spaces on your License Privilege panel and cannot replace it with a different DMP.

Reporting Deer with a Consigned Permit

The shooter should report the deer if one is taken. He or she must have the report tag from the consigned DMP when they call to report the deer harvest. They should report the Document Number from the transferred tag, not the numbers that are on their own tags. They should also use their own birth date when reporting.

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