- Public input
White-tailed deer research
Over the last sixty years, the department has developed a deer herd monitoring and management system that seeks to use the best science and data possible. The deer monitoring system is more comprehensive, complex, and intensive than for any other wildlife species managed in Wisconsin. A recent audit by an international panel of experts found the department's deer population modeling system to be a sound program, as good as or better than that of any state. Yet challenges remain, including hunter concerns with deer population model accuracy and the impacts of predators. Nonetheless, we continue to strive to be responsive to Wisconsin's citizens and enhance the accuracy and precision of deer population estimates. To that end, the department is investing a record amount of its resources for Wisconsin whitetails.
Current research projects
In 2010, DNR began its greatest investment ever in Wisconsin deer research. Federal Wildlife Restoration Act funds are being used to conduct a number of research projects to improve our deer population knowledge. We will be looking for help from additional partners to increase our capacity for gathering valuable information through these research studies. Most of these studies are multiple-year projects.
- The Southwest Wisconsin Deer and Predator Project: investigating the relationships between deer, predators and disease
- Estimating survival and cause-specific mortality of adult male white-tailed deer
- Impact of predation, winter weather, and habitat on white-tailed deer fawn recruitment.
- Other projects