Leased Land Now Eligible For Additional Deer Hunting Permits

Previously excluded, leased hunting lands are now eligible to enroll in the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) for the 2023 hunting season.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners approved a measure on Saturday allowing leased hunting lands to participate in DMAP. According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), DMAP provides an additional means for landowners to manage deer to meet their land-use goals and offers additional opportunities to hunters participating in the program.

Permits must be purchased from a license-issuing agent or through, or landowners can purchase coupons that can be redeemed for permits by hunters. DMAP harvest permits are $10.97 for residents and $35.97 for non-residents. Hunters can purchase up to two permits. However, hunters can purchase up to four permits if the property owner provides coupons. Each DMAP permit is good for harvesting one antlerless deer during any established deer season on the property that it was issued. Landowners may purchase one DMAP coupon for every five acres of cultivated land or one coupon for every 50 acres of non-cultivated land.

The Game Commission has determined that leased lands make up approximately 5% of hunting lands in Pennsylvania. Currently, those landowners are bound by Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) based antlerless licenses, which the PGC determined may be insufficient. This change will take effect in 2023. Landowners can apply for coupons from April 1 to July 1.

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See participating properties here.