Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP)

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is participating in the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s (PGC) Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) for the 2013-2014 hunting season.

We have enrolled six properties, consisting of 77 acres in Westmoreland County (Unit 1560); 490 acres in Jefferson County (Unit 1189); 455 acres in Forest County (Unit 1187); 66 acres in Fulton County (Unit 1488); 11,300 acres in Venango County (Unit 1464); and 532 acres in Elk County (Unit 806). DMAP permits are available through PGC's website or license-issuing agents.

We support DMAP, and the management of our state’s deer population in partnership with PGC, private landowners, and hunters.

Hunting continues to be permitted on WPC lands, subject to WPC guidelines and PGC regulations. If you hunt on a WPC property, please contact us at the end of the season. We’d like to hear of your experience.

For more information, please contact:
Andrew Zadnik,
WPC Land Stewardship Coordinator at (412) 586-2318 or

This photo shows the effect that an overpopulation of deer can have on vegetation.  Deer are excluded from the area behind the fence.  On the near side, deer have significantly reduced the vegetative cover.  Hunting can be used as a management tool to decrease an area's deer population, thereby helping to improve forest diversity and wildlife cover.


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