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Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey preliminary results

Published by Central Office November 14, 2017

Contact(s): Brian Dhuey, DNR wildlife biologist, 608-221-6342

MADISON - The Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey is a great opportunity for hunters to let Department of Natural Resources staff know what they are (or are not) seeing this fall.

With hunters' continued efforts, DNR staff can better track population changes and improve management decisions, especially for animals that are difficult to monitor. Hunters are encouraged to record all hunting activity, even if no wildlife sightings occur during a hunt.

In the first two months of the survey, deer hunters have recorded 547 trips, observing 355 bucks, 719 does, 493 fawns, and 149 unknowns. Turkeys and raccoons are the next most commonly seen animals while hunting. At the end of each year, survey participants can receive a personalized summary of all recorded wildlife.

To access the survey, search the DNR website,, for keywords "deer hunter wildlife." Observations can be submitted by smartphone, desktop, or mail. The current survey period ends January 2018.

Last Revised: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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