By: Warden Wire - Bureau of Law Enforcement
Hunters preparing for the November 17 - 25 gun-deer season in Wisconsin are reminded any of the white-tailed deer tagged or collared for research purposes may be harvested, and are asked to please take the time to ensure your target is not one of the two protected species which call Wisconsin home -- the elk and the moose.
With the upcoming nine-day gun season approaching fast, wildlife researchers are looking for assistance from Wisconsin hunters who may harvest any of the more than 240 white-tailed deer marked with radio-collars and approximately 200 deer marked with ear tags.
The researchers say huntersí help may play a role in how Wisconsinís white-tailed deer herd is managed for generations to come. Thatís a big impact for help that may take each hunter who harvests a marked deer only a few minutes to provide. ďThese deer were marked in 2011 and 2012 as part of a study to better understand how long deer live and how they die,Ē DNR Scientist Michael Watt says. ĒHunters are free to harvest these marked deer. And if they do, we would like some basic information that shouldnít take more than a minute to provide.Ē
The requested information about marked deer include:
Hunters are being asked to call Watt at (608) 221-6376 to report this information.
Watt and his colleagues marked the deer in the northern counties of Rusk, Sawyer and Price, and the east central counties of Shawano, Waupaca and Outagamie as part of the buck mortality study and fawn predation study sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, Safari Club International (SCI), Wildlife Restoration Funding, Union Sportsmenís Alliance, Whitetails Unlimited, Applied Population Laboratory, Menn Law Firm, and private donations from Wisconsin citizens.
ďI want to stress that hunters should treat these deer like any other deer you might see. These deer may be harvested, but the information that hunters provide is important to the research and the future of our deer herd,Ē Watt says.
Whitetails arenít the only members of the deer family wandering Wisconsinís Northwoods. Both elk and moose call Wisconsin home and could be mistaken for a deer if hunters donít take the time to be sure of their target and whatís beyond. Elk and moose are both protected species in Wisconsin.
Elk occupy portions of Ashland, Bayfield, Price, and Sawyer Counties. Both elk and moose are protected species in Wisconsin. Although Wisconsin has not reintroduced moose, animals do wander into the state and even take up permanent residency as a result of a successful reintroduction in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and a native population of moose in Minnesota. Moose sightings have been most frequent in Wisconsinís northernmost counties this fall, but also as far south as Taylor and Langlade counties.