Administered by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) enables landowners to achieve local deer management goals through additional antlerless deer harvest opportunities.
Any private property of at least 500 acres located outside of municipal boundaries, regardless of the owner’s legal residence, within Audrain, Bollinger, Callaway, Cape Girardeau, Montgomery, Stoddard, or Wayne counties is eligible for the program. For properties inside the boundaries of a city or town, at least 40 acres are required. Individual parcels of land, regardless of ownership, may be combined to satisfy the acreage requirement, as long as no parcel of land is more than ½ mile (by air) from the boundary of another parcel being combined to form an enrolled DMAP property. The acreage requirements are designed to encourage deer management at a scale that will have a meaningful effect on local populations.
To qualify, the landowner(s) must also have clearly defined deer management objectives that cannot be achieved through current antlerless permit availability. Deer management objectives generally fall within one of two categories:
- Addressing deer damage concerns
- Minimizing deer damage to agriculture, forest, or other plant communities
- Achieving recreational deer management goals
- Bringing the deer population into balance with available habitat
- Balancing the adult sex ratio within the local deer population
Landowners who would like to enroll a property to address deer damage concerns must first schedule a site visit with their local MDC conservation agent. Local MDC contact information may be found at mdc.mo.gov/contact-engage. The agent will verify that damage is being caused by deer and determine if additional antlerless harvest opportunities are needed. The agent will then make a recommendation on the number of DMAP Firearms Antlerless Permits that will be available for use on the property during the deer season. If DMAP permits are authorized by the agent, the landowner will be provided an application URL to enroll in the program.
Landowners wishing to enroll a property to achieve recreational deer management goals may apply by contacting MDC’s private lands deer biologist at 573-815-7901, ext. 2899. Applicants will be asked to collect deer population data prior to enrollment that can be used to make harvest recommendations. This can be a camera survey, observation data, or other information that provides an estimate of deer abundance in the area. More information on collecting population data can be found below.
The following conditions apply to DMAP Firearms Antlerless Permits:
- Each permit authorizes the taking of one antlerless deer.
- Permits may be used during any portion of the firearms deer season with methods allowed at the time.
- Permits may only be used on the enrolled DMAP property for which they were issued.
- Permits may be purchased by anyone with a valid Conservation ID who is designated on the DMAP application and has the permission of the landowner to hunt on the property.
- Permits will cost the same as a Firearms Antlerless Permit.
- Nonresidents must first purchase a Nonresident Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit, Nonresident Managed Deer Hunting Permit, or a Nonresident Landowner Firearms Any-Deer Hunting Permit to buy this permit.