Contact(s): Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist, 608-261-7589
MADISON- Beginning March 14, County Deer Advisory Councils will review deer population data and other key information in order to develop preliminary antlerless quota and permit level recommendations on public and private lands. These meetings will also determine which additional deer hunting seasons may be offered in 2016.
Each CDAC meeting is open to the public - a meeting schedule is available at dnr.wi.gov, keyword "CDAC" and in the Department of Natural Resources meeting calendar search words deer advisory councils. Antlerless quotas, permit levels and season structures are reviewed and set annually. Councils will review deer population statistics, 2015 harvest results, assess winter severity and other information to help form their 2016 recommendations.
In 2014, councils proposed a population objective (increase, decrease or maintain) for the county's deer herd. At March meetings, each council will continue to work toward population objectives through the 2017 deer seasons.
Councils will accept public comments prior to forming both preliminary and final recommendations. The public may attend and provide feedback at any CDAC meeting or send comments to CDAC members (a contact list is posted on the CDAC page of the DNR website).