Contact(s): Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist, 608-261-7589
MADISON -- County Deer Advisory Councils will release their preliminary recommendations regarding antlerless harvest quotas, permit levels and season structure for public review on April 4. These recommendations will help determine the 2016 Wisconsin deer hunting season structure.
A public comment period will run from April 4-17, 2016. To review preliminary recommendations and provide feedback, hunters and those with an interest in deer management can search the Department of Natural Resources website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword "CDAC," and click "Find" to search for county information and access the public comment form.
Antlerless quotas influence the number of antlerless permits available for the 2016 deer hunting seasons. Quotas and permit levels are tools CDACs will use to help move the local deer herd toward their 2015-17 population objectives of "increase," "decrease" or "maintain."
In 2016, based upon the Deer Management Zone and Deer Management Unit, councils may have the option to recommend a Holiday Hunt, antlerless-only hunts for all deer seasons, number of Farmland Zone antlerless permits given with each license, and metro subunit-specific antlerless permits. For more information regarding management zones and management units, search keyword "deer."
Once the public comment period has closed, meetings will resume in April and councils will review public feedback before submitting final quota, permit and season structure recommendations. Public comments will continue to be accepted at April meetings. To provide comments, contact a CDAC chair (contact information is available on the CDAC web page) or submit feedback via email to DNRCDACWebMail@Wisconsin.gov.