The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) recently announced that enrollment in the Managed Lands Deer Program (MLDP) is now open for the 2021-22 hunting season. Open enrollment for the MLDP Conservation Option runs from April 5 through June 15 this year while the Harvest Option opens May 1 and runs through September 1.
MLDP is a program intended to foster and support sound management and stewardship of native wildlife and wildlife habitats on Texas’ private lands. Deer harvest is an important aspect of habitat management and conservation, and landowners enrolled in either MLDP Option can take advantage of extended season lengths and property-specific customized harvest opportunities.
The Harvest Option is a do-it-yourself option that provides landowners with a deer harvest recommendation, tag issuance and general guidance about wildlife and wildlife habitat management. Participation in the Harvest Option does not require habitat management practices, deer population data or the participant to work directly with a TPWD wildlife biologist.
The Conservation Option offers program participants the opportunity to work directly with a TPWD biologist to receive customized, ranch-specific habitat and deer harvest recommendations and MLDP tag issuance for white-tailed deer and/or mule deer. This option does require the reporting of certain types of deer data as well as completion of specific habitat management practices each year to participate and remain in the program.
Once enrolled, program participants must meet MLDP requirements for either option for the full year of enrollment. CLICK HERE to learn more about the MLDP, including how to apply.