March 3, 2015
MADISON -- Deer population objectives in each county have been approved for a three-year period, and County Deer Advisory Councils will meet for the first time in 2015 beginning March 16.
CDAC meetings are open to the public, and input is encouraged as councils form preliminary deer harvest quota recommendations for the 2015 deer season.
In 2014, each council proposed a population objective (increase, decrease or maintain) for their county's deer herd. These population objectives, approved by the Natural Resources Board Feb. 25, will guide deer management decisions over the next three years.
March CDAC meetings will serve as the first step toward achieving three-year population objectives. Each council will help determine antlerless tag availability for the 2015 deer hunting season through preliminary antlerless quota recommendations. Antlerless quotas will be reviewed and adjusted annually.
CDACs use a number of resources, including deer population data, harvest data, public input and other information to help direct deer management in their county.
The public is encouraged to attend each meeting and provide input. Those unable to attend meetings can send feedback directly to CDAC members in their county. For contact and meeting information in your county [PDF], search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov for keyword CDAC page or email DNRCDACWebMail@Wisconsin.gov. An online public comment period will begin in April.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist, 608-261-7589