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For information on wildlife survey reports, contact:
Brian Dhuey
Wildlife population and harvest assessment specialist
Bureau of Wildlife Management
608-221-6342

Wisconsin wildlife reports

wildlife reports

Wildlife reports are divided into surveys addressing five species groups: small game, big game, waterfowl, furbearers and nongame. Interpretations to data in these reports are subject to change as a result of data verification and more extensive data analysis.

Historical harvest estimates are indices of harvest trends. Thus, caution should be used in interpreting trends in harvest estimates as indices of population trends. Harvest is influenced by game population levels, hunter effort, hunting regulations, weather conditions, and pelt prices.

These reports were made possible by Pittman-Robertson funding.

Semi-annual reports are distributed in April and August.


Small game
Report title Previous Current
Pheasant
Rural mail carrier pheasant survey 2017 [PDF] 2018 [PDF]
Spring ring-necked pheasant surveys 2017 [PDF] 2018 [PDF]
Ruffed grouse
Ruffed grouse drumming survey 2017 [PDF] 2018 [PDF]
Sharp-tailed grouse
Sharp-tailed grouse harvest & hunter survey 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Wisconsin sharp-tailed grouse survey 2017 [PDF] 2018 [PDF]
Other
Regional bobwhite quail and cottontail rabbit survey 2015 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Small game harvest 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Summer wildlife inquiry 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Ten week brood observations 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Big game
Report title Previous Current
Bear
Black bear harvest report 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Black bear hunter questionnaire 2014 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Black bear population analyses 2017 [PDF] 2018 [PDF]
Damaging and nuisance wildlife
Agricultural deer damage shooting permits 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Black bear damage and nuisance complaints 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Wildlife damage abatement and claims program 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Deer
Archery deer hunting questionnaire 2013 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin deer 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Deer hunter wildlife survey 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Firearm deer hunting questionnaire 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Summer deer observations 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Wisconsin deer hunting summary 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
White-tailed deer population status 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Winter severity indices 2017 [PDF] 2018 [PDF]
Gray Wolf
Wisconsin wolf season report 2013 [PDF] 2014 [PDF]
Gray wolf hunter/trapper questionnaire 2013 [PDF] 2014 [PDF]
Gray wolf monitoring report 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Turkey
Fall turkey harvest report 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Fall turkey hunting questionnaire 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Spring turkey harvest report 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Spring turkey hunting questionnaire 2017 [PDF] 2018 [PDF]
Wild turkey landowner brood survey 2010 [PDF] 2011 [PDF]
Waterfowl
Report title Previous Current
Bird banding accomplishments 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Waterfowl breeding population survey for Wisconsin 2017 [PDF] 2018 [PDF]
Wisconsin Canada goose harvest report 2015 [PDF] 2016 [PDF]
Wisconsin youth waterfowl hunt 2015 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Furbearers
Report title Previous Current
Beaver population analyses 2011 [PDF] 2014 [PDF]
Beaver trapping questionnaire 2017 [PDF] 2018 [PDF]
Bobcat harvest 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Bobcat hunter/trapper survey 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Bobcat population analyses 2017 [PDF] 2018 [PDF]
Fisher harvest 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Fisher population analyses 2017 [PDF] 2018 [PDF]
Fur trapper survey 2017 [PDF] 2018 [PDF]
Otter harvest 2017 [PDF] 2018 [PDF]
Otter population analyses 2017 [PDF] 2018 [PDF]
Winter track counts 2017 [PDF] 2018 [PDF]
Wisconsin fur buyers report 2017 [PDF] 2018 [PDF]
Nongame
Report title Previous Current
American marten winter track surveys in northern Wisconsin 2017 [PDF] 2018 [PDF]
Annual mammal survey 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Central Wisconsin greater prairie-chicken survey 2017 [PDF] 2018 [PDF]
Frog and toad survey 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Moose observations 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Rare carnivore observations 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Wisconsin bald eagle and osprey surveys 2016 [PDF] 2017 [PDF]
Historical harvest estimates
Big game
Deer harvest, 1934-2014 [PDF]
Percent of total deer harvest and permits, 1965-2014 [PDF]
Turkey permits issued and harvest, 1983-2014 [PDF]
Turkey harvest success rates, 1983-2014 [PDF]
Black bear harvest and permits issued, 1934-2014 [PDF]
Small game
Small game hunter numbers, 1983-2014 [PDF]
Small game harvest trends, 1931-2014 [PDF]
Waterfowl
Waterfowl harvest trends, 1932-2014 [PDF]
Furbearers
Furbearer harvest and pelt value [PDF]
Total furbearer harvest and pelt value, 1930-2014 [PDF]
Hunting accidents
History of hunting accidents both fatal and non-fatal, 1944-2014 [PDF]

For more information about this data, please see the WI Wildlife Harvest Summary, 1930-2014.[PDF]

Last revised: Thursday September 13 2018