Contact(s): Jessica Rees Lohr, DNR wildlife research scientist, 608-221-6349
October 24, 2017
MADISON - With the 2017 archery and crossbow deer hunting seasons well underway and the nine-day gun-deer season approaching, hunters are reminded to voluntarily record deer and other wildlife observations for the annual Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey.
Hunters are encouraged to record all hunting activity, even if no wildlife sightings occur during a hunt -- observations provide department staff with an index to measure abundance and help track population trends for Wisconsin's deer herd and other wildlife.
The smartphone app makes it easy for hunters to record what they see right from their stand.
During the first month of the 2017 survey, 263 hunting trips were recorded. So far, deer hunters have reported 175 bucks, 329 does, 251 fawns, and 60 unknowns, for an average of 0.65 deer seen per hour hunted. The most frequently observed species other than deer have been turkeys and raccoons.
At the end of each year, survey participants can receive a personalized summary of all recorded wildlife.
To access the survey, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keywords "deer hunter wildlife." Observations can be submitted by smartphone, desktop, or mail. The current survey period ends January 2018.