Contact(s): Jessica Rees Lohr, DNR wildlife research scientist, 608-221-6349
MADISON - With the 2016 archery and crossbow deer hunting seasons well underway and the nine-day gun-deer season rapidly approaching, hunters are reminded to record deer and other wildlife observations for the annual Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey.
Hunters are encouraged to record all hunting activity, even if no wildlife sightings occur during a hunt -- observations provide department staff with an index to measure abundance and help track population trends for Wisconsin's deer herd and other wildlife.
During the first month of the 2016 survey, 111 hunting trips were recorded through the online survey. So far, deer hunters have reported 46 bucks, 111 does, 111 fawns, and 23 unknowns, for an average of 0.87 deer seen per hour hunted. The most frequently observed species other than deer have been turkeys and ruffed grouse.
At the end of each year, survey participants receive a personalized summary of all recorded wildlife. To access the survey, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keywords "deer hunter wildlife." Tally sheets can be filled out either electronically or printed directly from the site. The current survey period ends January 2016