Contact(s): Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist, 608-261-7589
MADISON -- Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for County Deer Advisory Council seats. The application period for each county is open from June 1 to July 1, 2017.
Council members meet annually to review deer management data, gather public input from citizens and provide recommendations to the Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Board regarding deer management decisions in their county.
Council seats include representatives in the following areas of expertise: agriculture, forestry, tourism, transportation, hunting, land management and local government. Both hunters and non-hunters are encouraged to apply for vacancies, but applicants must have experience or involvement with at least one of these seven stakeholder categories. To learn more about the application process, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "CDAC."
"County Deer Advisory Councils are the future of Wisconsin's deer management," said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR CDAC coordinator. "We offer council members a great deal of responsibility in providing recommendations to manage deer in their county and they play an important role in shaping the annual deer seasons."
Councils were established in 2014 and continue to provide an excellent venue to develop county-specific deer population objective recommendations and guide deer herd management through permit issuance and season structure. To form these recommendations, councils review a variety of scientific metrics on deer herd trends, impacts to habitat and various human-deer interactions. The three year review of population objectives will occur this fall, likely in August or September.
Councils also meet each spring to review deer season results, winter severity, and other factors to determine future herd management needs. In January 2017, CDACs participated in the 5-year review of the department's Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan through the formation of recommendations to address CWD in Wisconsin. Councils reviewed public feedback on proposed revisions and submitted a final recommendation for the CWD Response Plan.