Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP)

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy supports DMAP and the responsible management of our state's deer population in partnership with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, public and private landowners and hunters.

Each year, the Conservancy enrolls several properties in DMAP. These have included properties in Jefferson, Venango, Fulton, Westmoreland and Elk counties. For a listing of all properties currently enrolled in DMAP, please visit the PA Game Commission website.

Hunting continues to be permitted on Conservancy lands, subject to Conservancy guidelines and Game Commission regulations. If you hunt on a WPC property, please contact us at the end of the season. We'd like to hear your experience and use that information to help guide future management decisions.

For more information related to hunting on Conservancy lands, please contact Andrew Zadnik, WPC land stewardship manager, 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.  Outside the fence, 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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The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code, and 100% of your donation is tax-deductable as allowed by law.