January 13, 2015
MADISON - Nine public hearings throughout Wisconsin will provide an additional opportunity for public comment before the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources requests adoption of the Deer Trustee Report permanent rule package in February.
In October of 2011 James C. Kroll, professor emeritus of Forest Wildlife Management, Stephen F. Austin State University and officially known as Wisconsin's white-tailed deer trustee, entered into a contract with the State of Wisconsin to conduct an independent, objective and scientifically-based review of Wisconsin's deer management practices. The White-tailed Deer Trustee's report was released to the public in July, 2012.
Hunters experienced some of the more prominent rules stemming from the report in 2014, including County Deer Advisory Councils, the Deer Management Assistance Program, and new seasons and management units in 2014. However, these regulations and programs were set up under an emergency rule, and now a follow-up permanent rule package is necessary for the 2015 hunting seasons and beyond.
Public hearing dates and locations are as follows - each will run from 6-8 p.m.:
Tuesday, Jan. 20
Wednesday, Jan. 21
Thursday, Jan. 22
Monday, Jan. 26
Tuesday, Jan. 27
Following public hearings, the Natural Resources Board may adopt the permanent rule package. If approved, it will advance to the state legislature for final review.
Those unable to attend a public hearing are encouraged to provide feedback regarding the proposed rule package through an input form available on the department website beginning Jan. 20.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Loomans, DNR regulations specialist, 608-267-2452