Contact(s): Kevin Wallenfang, deer and elk ecologist, 608-261-7589, Kevin.Wallenfang@wisconsin.gov
MADISON, Wis. - The Department of Natural Resources invites those interested in deer management in Wisconsin to apply for a seat on a County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC). Council members include representatives from a variety of stakeholder groups interested in white-tail deer management in Wisconsin. The application deadline for all council seats in each county is July 1, 2020.
Founded in 2014, CDACs were established to provide an open venue to develop county-specific deer population objectives and herd management strategies through public involvement. Council members review and consider a variety of metrics on deer herd trends, impacts to habitat and various human-deer interactions.
"All council seats are open to new applicants," said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR deer and elk ecologist. "We put a great deal of stock in public involvement, and we hope folks take extra interest and apply for a seat on their local council. 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."
Council members meet annually to review deer population numbers and associated data, gather public input and provide recommendations to the Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Board regarding deer management decisions in their county.
Councils include representatives from agriculture, forestry, tourism, transportation, hunting, Wisconsin's Deer Management Assistance Program and local government. Applicants must have experience or involvement with at least one of these seven stakeholder categories.