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State Forests, Parks in Deer Management; Permits on Sale
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 06/19/2017

Offering white-tailed deer hunters more hunting opportunities across Pennsylvania, state forestlands and state parks again are participating in the Pa. Game Commission's Deer Management Assistance Program, or DMAP.

DMAP allows landowners to apply for permits to encourage antlerless harvests on their property, enabling DCNR and private landowners to more effectively manage white-tailed deer populations and curtail damage to forests and crops.

"We find it supportive that the PA Game Commission found our original allocation recommendations were based on sound science," said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. "Our biologists, foresters and park managers continue to ascribe to a dynamic, thorough, detailed and scientific process that leads to all DCNR applications for DMAP permits."

DCNR now is offering hunters 20,736 permits in 79 units totaling 968,054 acres. In 2016, 18,129 DMAP coupons were offered for 80 units totaling 973,363 acres.

State parks participating in the DMAP program include: Bald Eagle, Beltzville, Blue Knob, Canoe Creek, Codorus, Cook Forest, Gifford Pinchot, Hickory Run, Keystone, Kings Gap, Moraine, Nescopeck, Ohiopyle, Prince Gallitzin, Presque Isle, Raccoon Creek, Ricketts Glen, Ryerson Station, Shawnee and Tobyhanna.

"These numbers continue to reflect what our foresters and park managers see on the state lands they know so well," Dunn said. "This year the Bureau of Forestry added four DMAP units - - two in Susquehannock State Forest and one each in Michaux and Tioga -- while removing five units in the Loyalsock and Tiadaghton state forests."

Habitat conditions continue to guide all DCNR's DMAP applications, the secretary said, and those permits remain an important tool upon which state forest and park managers rely heavily for continued sustainability of state plants and forests.

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