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For information on county deer advisory councils, contact:
Kevin Wallenfang
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County Deer Advisory Councils

Each county in Wisconsin has a County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) to provide input and recommendations to the department on deer management within their county. Councils work with local department staff to schedule meetings, provide community outreach and an opportunity for public input, review population data and deer impacts on forests and agriculture, develop 3-year recommendations on county population objectives and create annual antlerless harvest quotas.

How are deer seasons set?

The DNR estimates deer populations in each DMU based on biological data and harvest figures

CDACs meet twice each spring to make recommendations to the DNR on deer hunting season structure options and antlerless deer harvest quotas for the year

The DNR reviews recommendations provided by each CDAC

CDAC and DNR recommendations for the deer hunting season are presented to the Natural Resources Board (NRB) for final approval. The NRB can accept the recommendations as they are presented or adjust season structure or antlerless deer harvest quotas based on public feedback, new information, etc.

The final deer season structure and harvest quotas approved by the NRB are made public and preparations are made for the deer hunting seasons

CDAC Seats

Councils are made up of a chair and alternate-chair, who are members of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, and seven citizens who represent various stakeholder groups. To find out if you qualify to serve on your county's CDAC, see the position descriptions below.


A member that will represent the agriculture interests is desired for all counties and is required if the county is 30% agriculture or more. The representative should be actively engaged in the agriculture community within the county and should consider issues such as the biological and economic impact of deer densities on crop production and farm operations. Additionally, they should understand the Wisconsin Wildlife Damage and Abatement Claims Program and techniques used to estimate wildlife damage to crops. Examples include someone identified by the county Land Conservation Department, Department of Agriculture, UW Extension agriculture outreach specialists, full-time agriculture farmers, orchardists, farm cooperatives, representative from Farm Bureau or similar organization.


A member that will represent the forestry interests is desired for all counties and is required if the county is 30% forested or more. The representative should be actively engaged in the forest industry within the county and should consider issues such as the biological and economic impacts of deer densities on tree regeneration and habitat quality, invasive species, and deer wintering areas. Additionally, they should understand the basic principles of forest management and timber harvest methodologies. Examples include someone identified by the county forestry department (if applicable), loggers, private foresters, county or national forest managers, large industrial forest managers, etc.


The member representing tourism should be actively engaged in the tourism or deer tourism industry within the county including things such as increasing awareness of unique hunting opportunities and experiences, promoting ecotourism, integrating recreational activities with wildlife uses, and enhancing recreational nonhunting opportunities for deer. Examples include local resort or motel owners, regional or county tourism council members, sporting goods retailers, deer venison processors, Chambers of Commerce employees, etc.


The member representing transportation should be actively engaged with highway safety and/or deer-vehicle collisions in the county and should consider issues such as deer carcass disposal and deer vehicle collision reduction and mitigation efforts. Examples include a County Highway Commissioner, a County Highway Department representative, sheriff department or local police officer, local auto or motorcycle association, deer removal contractor, etc.

Local Government (Urban)

A member representing local government is required in counties that contain any portion of a metro deer management subunit. An individual representing the local government seat should understand urban deer issues and conflict resolution on such matters as land access, zoning, deer overabundance, deer/human interactions, deer feeding, ecological issues, and local weapon ordinances. Examples of appropriate local government representatives include county and local parks manager, local police chief, home owner association representative, etc.

Hunting Organization

The member representing the hunting community should be actively engaged in local hunting interests and opportunities within their county while considering issues such as community involvement, recruitment and retention of hunters, and the perception of hunting by the non-hunting community. They should also be able to represent the interests of both private land and public land hunters. If the county has a county-wide alliance, it is preferable that the alliance endorse the nominee. Similarly, if there is not a county-wide alliance, the nominees should have the endorsement of a local conservation club.

Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP)

The member representing DMAP interests must own or be the authorized representative of the property enrolled in DMAP in order to be considered for that county’s CDAC. DMAP council members will represent the interests of all private landowners in the county and be knowledgeable on deer biology and management, principles of wildlife management, and local deer densities.

To apply for a CDAC seat:

    1. Look up your county and identify if the seat you are interested in is vacant.
    2. Determine if you are qualified to fill the vacant seat based on the position description above.
    3. Fill out the CDAC application [PDF].
    4. Email your completed application to DNR CDAC Webmail

CDAC resources

Find county-specific contacts, meeting information and deer herd data.

Review county deer herd metrics and harvest information.

Learn about CDAC and how you can participate.

Locate member resources (meeting materials and templates).

Watch a CDAC regional meeting and training session.

View your county's 3-year deer population objectives (2018-2020) [PDF]

Apply to sit on your county's council [PDF].

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Last revised: Wednesday July 31 2019