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Wisconsin deer hunter wildlife survey

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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 16 - January 7. 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 reported by smartphone, desktop, or mail. Select a method below for further instructions.

Smartphone

Observations are collected using the Survey123 smartphone app:

  1. Watch the tutorial video to learn how to install and use the Survey123 app.
  2. Recommended to use QR Code Reader app by Scan, Inc.
  3. Scan QR code to install survey:
    thumbnail: qr code

** DO NOT use the app while driving! **

Desktop

Click on the link below to enter survey data:

Mail

Observations are collected using the tally sheet and then mailed to Brian Dhuey at the end of the month.

Brian Dhuey
2801 Progress Rd.
Madison, WI 53716

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

Results

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

Trail camera photos wanted

If you have trail camera photos of the following animals: cougar, lynx, moose, wolf, or wolverine; please submit them to wildlife management.

Contact information
For information on wildlife surveys, contact:
Brian Dhuey
Wildlife population and harvest assessment specialist
Bureau of Wildlife Management
608-221-6342
Last revised: Tuesday September 12 2017