MSU Deer Lab

About the program

The MSU Deer Lab is the premier deer research unit in the United States.  We solve contemporary problems facing natural resource agencies, managers, and private landowners by conducting science-based research to better understand deer ecology and inform management. Some of our accomplishments include:

  • Developed the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) currently used on millions of acres across the U.S.
  • Documentation of selective harvest impacts on population antler development led to legislative changes in regulations
  • Leaders in studying buck breeding ecology and understanding hunter impacts on buck movement.