Deer Management Assistance Program - DMAP
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Important Points for Hunters
- Under no circumstances may an antlered deer be taken with a DMAP permit.
- Hunters may not obtain more than two DMAP permits per property. DMAP permits do not affect hunters eligibility to apply for and receive antlerless deer licenses issued for Wildlife Management Units (WMUs).
- All DMAP antlerless deer permit holders are required to report, regardless of deer harvest success, by calling 1-855-PAHUNT1 (1-855-724-8681), using The Outdoors Shop or by sending in a postage-paid report card that can be found in the Hunting and Trapping Digest.
- Landowners have the choice to hand out coupons to hunters, who, in turn, may redeem them for a DMAP antlerless deer permit to hunt on the property for which they are issued. Hunters may use them during any established deer hunting season within the appropriate license year. If landowners do not want to hand out coupons, hunters can purchase DMAP antlerless deer permits from license issuing agents or the Game Commission's website if they have the DMAP unit number.
- Hunters must get DMAP antlerless deer permits from either a license-issuing agent or the Game Commission website. Coupons cannot be redeemed via mail. Permits cost $10.90 for residents and $35.90 for nonresidents. The permit can be used to harvest one antlerless deer on the specific DMAP property.
- Landowners may not charge or accept any contribution from a hunter for a DMAP coupon.
- Learn about DMAP on the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website.
LANDOWNERS: 2019 DMAP application time period is complete. DMAP applications for the 2020-21 hunting season will be posted by March 1, 2020. To report your DMAP harvest or no harvest, visit The Outdoor Shop.
HUNTERS: All DMAP antlerless deer permit holders are required to file a harvest report by February 4, 2020, regardless of whether they kill a deer. To report your DMAP harvest or no harvest, visit The Outdoor Shop.
During the antlered-only firearms season - November 30 to December 6 - antlerless deer also may be taken on DMAP properties with appropriate DMAP permits.
DMAP provides an additional means for landowners to manage deer to meet their land-use goals. It also provides additional opportunities to the hunters who participate in the program.
Hunters are responsible for acquiring the landowner information needed to participate in Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP). Neither the Game Commission, nor license-issuing agents, can provide additional landowner information other than the details available in the Participating Landowners Section.
Public landowners, political subdivisions, government agencies, private landowners or lessees where no fee is charged for hunting, and any defined hunting club are eligible to enroll in DMAP. Qualified landowners are issued DMAP coupons at a rate of up to one coupon for every five acres of cultivated land, or one coupon for every 50 acres of non-cultivated land. Landowners enrolled in DMAP are responsible for providing hunters with information about DMAP harvest permits for their property.
Hunters can get DMAP harvest permits two ways. First, if a hunter receives a coupon from a landowner, the hunter will take the coupon to any license-issuing agent (or visit
The Outdoor Shop) to purchase a DMAP harvest permit. Second, to obtain a DMAP harvest permit for properties where landowners choose not to hand out coupons, hunters can go to any license-issuing agent (or
The Outdoors Shop) to purchase a DMAP harvest permit. Hunters utilizing this second option will need to contact the landowner (or the Game Commission's website) to get the DMAP unit number for the area they want to hunt.
Hunters can get up to two DMAP harvest permits per unit. DMAP harvest permits must be purchased from a license-issuing agent or through
The Outdoors Shop. A DMAP harvest permit costs $10.90 for a resident, $35.90 for a nonresident. Each DMAP harvest permit is good for taking one antlerless deer on the property for which the DMAP harvest permit was issued.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where can I find information on landowners participating in DMAP?
Contact information for public lands and some private lands enrolled in DMAP will be posted in the
Participating Landowners Section of the Game Commission's website. For more information on Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), bureaus of Forestry and State Parks, participation in the DMAP program visit the
DMAP Section of DCNR's website.
Contact information for private landowners enrolled in DMAP will be posted on the Game Commission website only with permission of the landowner.
2. How do I get coupon?
It depends on whether the landowner is handing out coupons, or if coupons for the specific property are available to any hunter. If the landowner is handing out coupons to individual hunters, then the hunter must contact the landowner directly. If the landowner is not handing out coupons (ex. DCNR State Forests), the hunter will need to know the DMAP unit number, but will not need a coupon to get a permit.
3. For properties that do not hand out coupons, what if I don't know the DMAP unit number?
You must contact the landowner or visit the Participating Landowners Section of the Game Commission's DMAP website to get the DMAP unit number. You must know the DMAP unit number when you purchase your DMAP permit. The license issuing agent will not know this information. The Game Commission website will contain DMAP unit numbers only for property owners who choose to make their information available to the public.
4. How do I obtain a landowner's map when I am buying a DMAP permit from a POS agent or Game Commission website, but do not have a coupon from the landowner?
It is the hunter's responsibility to contact the landowner to obtain a property map. A hunter can check the Participating Landowners Section of the Game Commission's DMAP website Game Commission's website to see if the landowner has provided contact information. Otherwise, the hunter will need to contact the landowner by some other means.
5. How do I get a permit?
Hunters can purchase DMAP harvest permits at any license-issuing agent or
The Outdoors Shop. No DMAP harvest permits will be issued by mail. A hunter will need either a coupon from a landowner or know the DMAP unit number when he or she purchases a DMAP permit.
6. What happens if I mail my coupon to the Game Commission?
Your coupon will be returned to you. You will need to go to any license-issuing agent or
The Outdoors Shop, to purchase DMAP permits.
7. How do I report my DMAP hunting activity?
Reporting is mandatory for all DMAP harvest permits, regardless of harvest success. A hunter can report their DMAP activities using
The Outdoors Shop or by sending in a postage-paid report card that can be found in the Hunting and Trapping Digest.
8. If I lose my DMAP permit, can I get a reprint or replacement?
You can go to any license-issuing agent or
The Outdoors Shop, for a replacement. When you indicate you are doing a replacement, you will need to select the lost DMAP permit from the list of items that you already have been issued. The cost is $6.90 per permit replaced.
9. How can a landowner know if all of his coupons have been redeemed?
The best way for a landowner to know if coupons have been redeemed is for the landowner to communicate with the hunters he or she has provided coupons. For landowners who do not distribute coupons, the ability to check the status of coupons will not be available until later this summer or fall, because of program changes in the permit-issuing system within the automated licensing system.
10. Do landowners participating in DMAP have to allow public hunting?
No. DMAP participants, like landowners participating in Game Commission hunter access programs, have the right to limit the public’s access to their properties regardless of their participation in Game Commission programs.