Contact(s): Kevin Wallenfang, DNR deer and elk ecologist, 608-261-7589; Bob Nack, DNR big game section chief, 608-264-6137
MADISON -- Wisconsin's County Deer Advisory Councils are now accepting applications to fill vacant seats for the 2017 round of meetings - these councils provide local deer herd management recommendations to the Department of Natural Resources.
Both hunters and non-hunters alike are welcome to apply for council vacancies, but applicants must have experience or involvement with at least one of seven stakeholder groups represented on the council. While applications may be submitted at any time, interested individuals are encouraged to apply by Dec. 1 to be considered for membership ahead of the first set of meetings in January.
Councils play a key role in deer management through the development of recommendations based on annual harvest data and management issues specific to each county. These recommendations help the department determine annual antlerless quotas, antlerless tag levels and season options.
In 2017, councils will also play a role in the five-year review of the department's Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan. Feedback from each council will help improve public involvement and transparency in CWD discussions.
Several councils currently have at least one seat available for qualified applicants. To view open seats in your county and determine if you may be a good representative for one of the listed stakeholder groups, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword "CDAC," click "find" and select your county using the drop-down menu.
Potential members are asked to attend all meetings, represent the views of the appropriate stakeholder group and contribute feedback during discussions. Council members serve three-year terms, and are required to attend between two and four meetings annually, depending on tasks required each year.