Contact(s): Kevin Wallenfang, deer and elk ecologist, 608-261-7589MADISON - Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for County Deer Advisory Council seats before the application period closes for all counties 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.
Councils 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. A majority of council members have expressed satisfaction with their overall CDAC experience.
"We are making all council seats available to new applicants," said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR deer and elk ecologist. "Many people who sat in those seats for the past few years are reapplying, but we're giving other interested folks the opportunity to compete for any seat. Those selected will serve for three years and during that time will have a great deal of responsibility in helping manage deer in their county."
Councils were established in 2014 and have successfully incorporated public input into recommendations on county-specific deer population objectives and herd management strategies. In doing so, council members review and consider a variety of metrics on deer herd trends, impacts to habitat and various human-deer interactions.
For more information regarding CDACs and to find the application, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "CDAC."