Deer Management Assistance Program

Goal

The goal of the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) is to offer interested hunters, landowners and land managers, in depth and professional level technical assistance in managing deer populations and their habitats. In addition, the program is designed to educate, inform and disseminate information to participants that promotes sound deer and wildlife habitat management principles across the state.

Tier 1 and 2 DMAP provide LDWF with age-specific biological data on all deer harvested on enrolled property. Tier 3 DMAP provides basic information that will supplement DMAP data and continue to offer increased harvest opportunity on smaller acreages. Tier 4 DMAP provides a mechanism to reduce deer numbers where nuisance deer issues exist, such as agricultural operations.

Purpose

The purpose of DMAP is to gain detailed statewide harvest information to determine herd health and habitat conditions and help make management decisions such as season length and bag limit by parish, deer physiographic region and deer management area. Managing deer populations is vital for maintaining native plant diversity and viability, forest ecosystem health, public safety, and traditional cultural richness.

Objectives

The objectives are defined by deer productivity and physiographic zone and delivered through the six regional offices of the Wildlife Division encompassing nine deer physiographic regions and ten deer management areas. Opportunity exists to improve the statewide deer database by increasing DMAP participation in some regions of the state and maintaining most of the participation in other regions that have high levels of interest and cooperation.