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July 28, 2015

MADISON -- In an ongoing effort to include public input in deer management, and to effectively monitor and evaluate Wisconsin's deer herd, the Department of Natural Resources is continuing its annual citizen-science survey, Operation Deer Watch.

The data from the public provides insight to the reproductive status of Wisconsin's deer herd for 2015. The number of bucks, does and fawns seen are indicators of annual deer herd production.

"This is a fun and useful opportunity for the public to be the daily eyes and ears for the deer herd in their area," said Brian Dhuey, DNR surveys coordinator. "Every year, citizens provide thousands of observations which the department uses directly to help monitor the herd."

To get involved, record all bucks, does and fawns seen during the day from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30. Daily observations can be tracked using an online tally sheet available at, keyword "deer watch."

According to Dhuey, an additional 14,000 deer hunters were selected at random this year and sent a letter inviting them to participate in Operation Deer Watch. Dhuey encourages anyone to take part of the survey even if they were not one of the hunters selected to participate.

For more information, videos and results of previous year's surveys, search the DNR website,, for keywords "deer watch."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Dhuey, DNR surveys coordinator, 608-221-6342 or Jes Rees, DNR research scientist, 608-221-6349

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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