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January 20, 2015

MADISON -- To help gather feedback regarding the proposed Deer Trustee Report permanent rule [PDF], an online public input form is now available to gather public comments.

People can complete an input form by searching the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website,, for keyword "deer." The form will remain open for public comment through midnight Feb. 1.

New regulations and programs, including the Deer Management Assistance Program, were set up under an emergency rule in 2014, and now a follow-up permanent rule package is necessary for the 2015 hunting seasons and beyond.

While the public input form provides an opportunity to submit feedback online, nine public hearings will also be held throughout Wisconsin over the next week. 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

The Natural Resources Board will consider feedback submitted online, along with comments from January public hearings, when making its final decision on the proposed permanent rule package on Feb. 25. If approved, the rule package will advance to the state legislature for final review.

For more information regarding hearing locations and the Deer Trustee Report, visit and search keywords "hearings" and "deer trustee report" respectively.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Loomans, regulations specialist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 608-267-2452

Last Revised: Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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