MLDPManaged Lands Deer Program

About MLDP

The Managed Lands Deer Program (MLDP) is intended to foster and support sound management and stewardship of native wildlife and wildlife habitats on private lands in Texas. Deer harvest is an important aspect of habitat management and conservation. Landowners enrolled in either the MLDP Harvest Option or Conservation Option are able to take advantage of extended season lengths and liberalized harvest opportunities.

Program Options

Harvest Option (HO)

The Harvest Option is an automated, 'do-it-yourself' option for MLDP participation 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 receive technical assistance from a TPWD wildlife biologist.

Read more Harvest Option details in the MLDP Information Document (PDF).

Conservation Option (CO)

The Conservation Option offers program participants the opportunity to work 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 in order to participate and remain in the program.

Read more Conservation Option details in the MLDP Information Document (PDF).


MLDP participation is completely voluntary. Once enrolled, program participants must meet MLDP requirements for the full year of enrollment. Download the MLDP Information document (PDF) for detailed program information and requirements.

How to Apply

Applicants seeking to enroll in either the MLDP Harvest or Conservation Option must complete an application through Texas Parks & Wildlife Department's Land Management Assistance (LMA) online system. The application will require the landowner to create an account and draw a property boundary. An email address is required for the landowner and any designated agents the landowner may assign to the account.

Apply on the Land Management Assistance (LMA) online system.

Enrollment & Deadlines

Harvest Option (HO)

Open enrollment for the Harvest Option (HO) is available from May 15 – September 1. HO enrollment must be requested each year.

Conservation Option (CO)

An applicant may apply for enrollment in the Conservation Option (CO) at any time, but must apply by the June 15 preceding the hunting season for which tag issuance is sought.

(NOTE: this deadline has been extended to September 1, 2017 during the initial transition to the new MLDP format). CO enrolled properties will be automatically renewed for participation in future seasons if all reporting requirements are satisfied.

Deadline to Withdraw

The deadline to withdraw from MLDP participation is September 15 of each year. The applicant must formally withdraw from MLDP through the department's LMA online system. If the applicant fails to withdraw from MLDP by the deadline, no deer harvest may occur on the enrolled property except in accordance with MLDP rules during the enrollment year.