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Operation Deer Watch is underway, offering citizen-scientists the opportunity to participate in crucial deer research with the Wisconsin DNR

Published by Central Office August 6, 2019

Contact(s): Brian Dhuey, DNR surveys coordinator, 608-221-6342; Jes Rees Lohr, DNR research scientist, 608-221-6349

Operation Deer Watch is an opportunity for Wisconsinites to participate in white-tailed deer monitoring while enjoying the state's abundant wildlife. - Photo credit: DNR
Operation Deer Watch is an opportunity for Wisconsinites to participate in white-tailed deer monitoring while enjoying the state's abundant wildlife.Photo credit: DNR

MADISON - Operation Deer Watch, an annual citizen-science survey that collects information on Wisconsin's white-tailed deer, gives residents an engaging opportunity to assist with deer herd management efforts.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources researchers ask participants to report their deer sightings via an easy-to-use online form. The data collected provide insights into the reproductive status of Wisconsin's deer herd and help shape deer management for the state. Participants are asked to record all bucks, does and fawns seen during the day from August 1 to September 30.

Many participants carry a printable tally sheet with them in the car to record sightings and then enter their results online at a later time. For safety, participants should not record sightings while driving a vehicle. Instead, wait till the vehicle is stopped to take note of your sightings.

"This is a fun and useful opportunity for everyone to enjoy Wisconsin's plentiful wildlife," said Brian Dhuey, DNR wildlife population and harvest assessment specialist. "The DNR encourages anyone interested in deer, from hunters and trappers to outdoor enthusiasts, to take part."

Data from the survey is also used by County Deer Advisory Councils to develop deer season framework, harvest quotas and permit level recommendations.

Last Revised: Tuesday, August 06, 2019

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