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For information on wildlife survey reports, contact:
Brian Dhuey
Wildlife population and harvest assessment specialist
Bureau of Wildlife Management
608-221-6342

Wisconsin wildlife reports

wildlife reports

Wildlife reports are divided into surveys addressing five species groups: small game, big game, waterfowl, furbearers and nongame. Interpretations to data in these reports are subject to change as a result of data verification and more extensive data analysis.

Historical harvest estimates are indices of harvest trends. Thus, caution should be used in interpreting trends in harvest estimates as indices of population trends. Harvest is influenced by game population levels, hunter effort, hunting regulations, weather conditions, and pelt prices.

These reports were made possible by Pittman-Robertson funding.

Semi-annual reports are distributed in April and August.


Small game
Report title Previous Current
Pheasant
Rural mail carrier pheasant survey 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Spring ring-necked pheasant surveys 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Ruffed grouse
Ruffed grouse drumming survey 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Sharp-tailed grouse
Sharp-tailed grouse harvest & hunter survey 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Wisconsin sharp-tailed grouse survey 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Other
Regional bobwhite quail and cottontail rabbit survey 2013 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Small game harvest 2013 [PDF] 2014 [PDF]
Summer wildlife inquiry 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Ten week brood observations 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Big game
Report title Previous Current
Bear
Black bear harvest report 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Black bear hunter questionnaire 2011 [PDF] 2014 [PDF]
Black bear population analyses 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Damaging and nuisance wildlife
Agricultural deer damage shooting permits 2013 [PDF] 2014 [PDF]
Black bear damage and nuisance complaints 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Wildlife damage abatement and claims program 2013 [PDF] 2014 [PDF]
Deer
Archery hunting questionnaire 2009 [PDF] 2013 [PDF]
Chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin deer 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Deer hunter wildlife survey 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Firearm deer hunting questionnaire 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Summer deer observations 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Wisconsin deer hunting summary 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
White-tailed deer population status 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Winter severity indices 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Gray Wolf
Wisconsin wolf season report 2013 [PDF] 2014 [PDF]
Gray wolf hunter/trapper questionnaire 2013 [PDF] 2014 [PDF]
Gray wolf population 2011 [PDF] 2012 [PDF]
Turkey
Fall turkey harvest report 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Fall turkey hunting questionnaire 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Spring turkey harvest report 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Spring turkey hunting questionnaire 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Wild turkey landowner brood survey 2010 [PDF] 2011 [PDF]
Waterfowl
Report title Previous Current
Bird banding accomplishments 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Waterfowl breeding population survey for Wisconsin 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Wisconsin Canada goose harvest report 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Wisconsin youth waterfowl hunt 2013 [PDF] 2014 [PDF]
Furbearers
Report title Previous Current
Beaver population analyses 2011 [PDF] 2014 [PDF]
Beaver trapping questionnaire 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Bobcat harvest 2013 [PDF] 2014 [PDF]
Bobcat hunter/trapper survey 2013 [PDF] 2014 [PDF]
Bobcat population analyses 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Fisher harvest 2013 [PDF] 2014 [PDF]
Fisher population analyses 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Fur trapper survey 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Otter harvest 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Otter population analyses 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Winter track counts 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Wisconsin fur buyers report 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Nongame
Report title Previous Current
American marten winter track surveys in northern Wisconsin 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Annual mammal survey 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Central Wisconsin greater prairie-chicken survey 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Frog and toad survey 2013 [PDF] 2014 [PDF]
Moose observations 2013 [PDF] 2014 [PDF]
Rare carnivore observations 2013 [PDF] 2014 [PDF]
Wisconsin bald eagle and osprey surveys 2014 [PDF] 2015 [PDF]
Historical harvest estimates
Big game
Deer harvest, 1934-2014 [PDF]
Percent of total deer harvest and permits, 1965-2014 [PDF]
Turkey permits issued and harvest, 1983-2014 [PDF]
Turkey harvest success rates, 1983-2014 [PDF]
Black bear harvest and permits issued, 1934-2014 [PDF]
Small game
Small game hunter numbers, 1983-2014 [PDF]
Small game harvest trends, 1931-2014 [PDF]
Waterfowl
Waterfowl harvest trends, 1932-2014 [PDF]
Furbearers
Furbearer harvest and pelt value [PDF]
Total furbearer harvest and pelt value, 1930-2014 [PDF]
Hunting accidents
History of hunting accidents both fatal and non-fatal, 1944-2014 [PDF]

For more information about this data, please see the WI Wildlife Harvest Summary, 1930-2014.[PDF]

Last revised: Friday May 20 2016