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Recommendations on three-year deer population objectives to be finalized at October CDAC meetings

Published by Central Office September 19, 2017

Contact(s): Kevin Wallenfang, deer and elk ecologist, 608-261-7589

MADISON--County Deer Advisory Councils are set to finalize deer population objectives and deer management unit boundary change recommendations that will influence the 2018-2020 deer seasons. Final recommendations will be made at meetings scheduled in each county from Oct. 2-12.

Population objectives are expressed as using management practices to increase, decrease or maintain the county's deer herd. While these objectives influence overall deer numbers, they also influence various management strategies, primarily in the form of antlerless permit availability and the use of special deer seasons.

Deer Management Unit boundary or zone modifications were recommended in several counties, including Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Eau Claire, Florence, Marathon, Marinette, Oneida and Vilas. In addition, modifications to metropolitan deer management sub-units were suggested in several counties, including the creation of two new metro sub-units, one in Rock County and the other within Eau Claire and Chippewa counties.

A map of preliminary recommendations [PDF] is available at, keyword "CDAC."

All CDAC meetings are open to the public with time allotted for public comments before councils finalize recommendations. Public comments should be specific to population objective and boundary recommendation topics. A meeting schedule is available on the CDAC web page at, search keyword "CDAC."

In addition to attending a CDAC meeting, the public has the opportunity to review and comment on preliminary recommendations through an online survey on the CDAC web page through Sept. 22. Survey responses will be considered along with professional opinions from DNR biologists, foresters and law enforcement when the CDACs develop their final recommendations.

Final CDAC recommendations will be advanced to the Natural Resources Board for approval in December. After approval by the Natural Resources Board, population objectives will go into effect for the 2018-2020 deer seasons.

Councils will reconvene in March to put the new population objectives and any boundary changes into play as they discuss antlerless quotas, tags and season options for the 2018 seasons.

Additional information pertaining to CDAC population objective recommendations, agendas and membership is available at keyword "CDAC" or through contacting with any additional questions.

Last Revised: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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