Contact(s): Kevin Wallenfang, DNR deer ecologist, 608-261-7589
MADISON -- Preliminary recommendations developed by each County Deer Advisory Council at their March meetings are now available for public review and comment.
To provide feedback, use the online survey tool found on the Department of Natural Resources website, dnr.wi.gov, searching keyword "CDAC." The survey is open through April 13, and all results will be provided to council members prior to April meetings.
County Deer Advisory Councils will prepare final antlerless quota, permit level and season structure recommendations during the last round of spring meetings April 17-20. Councils will consider online public input responses, other public comments and assessments from DNR biologists, foresters and law enforcement staff as they develop final recommendations.
April CDAC meetings will be open to the public for any additional comments -- a meeting schedule and other helpful information can be found at keyword "CDAC" or via email by contacting DNRCDACWebMail@Wisconsin.gov.
Following April 2017 meetings, final deer season recommendations will be presented to the department and then sent to the Natural Resources Board for approval in May. Approved recommendations will be implemented during the 2017 deer hunting seasons.
Councils use annual quotas and permit levels to manage deer in order to achieve county-specific 2015 - 2017 population objectives (increase, decrease or maintain the deer herd).
A new deer metrics system provides for a unique opportunity to take a detailed look at how County Deer Advisory Councils and the Department of Natural Resources work closely with the public to manage Wisconsin's deer herd.
Metrics provided in the system include deer harvest figures, population trends, deer impacts on agriculture and forest resources, herd history, deer herd health, deer hunter surveys and more. To check out this new webpage and learn more about Wisconsin's deer herd, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "deer metrics."
This deer metrics system is unlike any other in the country and will provide anyone interested in deer management the opportunity to be better informed on their local deer herd. Users are encouraged to get more involved in local deer management through participation in County Deer Advisory Councils or the Deer Management Assistance Program.