August 26, 2014
MADISON -- Planning for the 2015 deer hunting season is underway, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Conservation Congress encourage anyone interested in discussing their local deer herd to attend a County Deer Advisory Council meeting this fall.
Each CDAC will meet in September, October, and December to determine a three-year deer population goal of increase, decrease, or stabilize.
"County Deer Advisory Councils will give folks the opportunity to become directly involved in managing deer in their county," said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist. "The creation of CDACs is something that has never been done before - we're anxious and excited to be working with a wide range of stakeholders."
In 2014, council meetings will be held at designated locations in all 72 counties. Meeting locations will be arranged locally, and all will begin at 7 p.m. Each council is made up of members who represent various stakeholder groups impacted by deer, including hunters, tourism, agriculture, forestry and others. Each county's meetings will be chaired by a Conservation Congress delegate.
DNR County Deer Advisory Councils are part of an effort to provide for more public input on deer management issues and give stakeholders greater responsibility in managing local deer numbers.
Council meetings will develop recommendations to the DNR regarding deer population objectives in their respective county, antlerless quotas, and season structure options. Through their participation, CDAC members and meeting participants will be given a direct stake in managing Wisconsin's deer herd.
Three meetings will be held this fall, as will happen every three years, to develop deer herd population objective recommendations to the department. Councils will meet each spring to develop antlerless deer harvest quotas for deer hunting seasons and consider various strategies to meet population objectives.
Local department staff will be on hand to present information and answer any questions and discuss possible strategies for managing the local deer herd.
Those unable to attend a local meeting will be able to view meeting agendas and minutes on the department's website.
Deer hunters and those interested in helping manage their local deer herd are encouraged to check out the frequently asked questions [PDF] document for any questions regarding councils. To view a more general FAQ page, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "deer."
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist, 608-261-7589