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Wisconsin deer hunter wildlife survey


To gain a better understanding of the relative abundance and distribution of deer and other mammalian/avian wildlife species in the state, the DNR is developing a long-term database of deer hunter observation data. Past efforts have provided the agency with valuable information for managing many wildlife species.

How to participate

The survey period is September 17 - January 8. You can help with this survey by recording the following from your deer hunting trips:

  • date hunted;
  • number of hours hunted;
  • county;
  • zone (map);
  • land type;
  • weather conditions; and
  • type and number of animals.

Submit data

Observations can be submitted two ways:

It is important that all of your deer hunting efforts be recorded, even if no wildlife is seen.

Reports should include sightings of:

  • badger
  • bear
  • bobcat
  • coyote
  • deer
  • elk
  • fisher
  • house cat
  • opossum
  • otter
  • porcupine
  • raccoon
  • red and gray fox
  • ruffed grouse
  • skunk
  • turkey
  • wolf
  • other wildlife not normally seen in your area

Spread the word

Please inform others of this survey. Thank you for all your hard work and cooperation.

Your summaries

If you want to receive notification of the start of the survey, reminders to report your observations, or want to have the results of the survey emailed to you, please sign up for the survey mailing list.


Data collected is used to provide wildlife distribution and abundance information; annual results are in the Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey report.

Learn more

Read more about how deer estimates are made and the vital role that hunter observations, registration stubs, aerial surveys, statistics and summer reports provide in making these estimates. Sizing Up the Herd - Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine.

Trail camera photos wanted


Trail cameras can serve as a valuable resource in documenting rare or endangered animal's existence and location in the state. Photos can be sent in from any season of the year. If you have trail camera photos of the following animals, please email them to to wildlife management:

  • American marten;
  • badger;
  • Canada lynx;
  • cougar;
  • Franklin's ground squirrel;
  • moose;
  • stone marten;
  • wolverine;
  • animal not normally seen in your area; or
  • an unidentified animal.

In your email, please include the photo(s), approximate date, county and civil township of the photos. Wildlife management staff will work with others in the DNR and try to positively identify all photos sent in.

View some of the photos received in the Trail Camera Gallery [exit DNR].

Please review Chapter NR 45 on conduct of visitors to state lands for the protection of our natural resources.

"Structures. Except as authorized by the department, no person may construct, place, occupy or use structures or store personal property on lands subject to this chapter. This paragraph does not apply to tents or canopies which are less than 100 square feet in area or other temporary structures which are used for recreational purposes and removed by 11:00 p.m. of the day they are placed on the property."

Contact information
For information on wildlife surveys, contact:
Brian Dhuey
Wildlife population and harvest assessment specialist
Bureau of Wildlife Management
Last revised: Friday November 11 2016