Public Feedback Wanted for Wisconsin Deer Management

Have you ever wanted to give your input on the management of the deer population in Wisconsin. Now is your chance to do just that. The Wisconsin County Deer Advisory Councils are providing preliminary recommendations on county deer population objectives for the next three years as well as any potential changes to Deer Management Unit boundaries for online public review and comment. This will give the public the opportunity to have a say in what objectives will be initiated based on the feedback received.

“We want to make sure anyone with an interest in deer management has an opportunity to provide input on these important decisions before the final recommendations are made.”said Kevin Wallenfang, deer and elk ecologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The preliminary recommendations up for review are to increase, decrease or maintain the size of the local herd over the next three years. Also recommendations are needed for Deer Management Unit boundaries. The recommendations and decisions on the boundaries will influence the area where antlerless tags may be used within the county and season structure options in those areas. Final recommendations for Deer Management Unit boundaries will go into effect in 2018 and will guide annual antlerless quota recommendations for the next three years.

Public comments and recommendations will be open from noon September 11 to September 22, 2017. The preliminary population objectives and DMU boundary recommendations for each County Deer Advisory Council will be posted online and once reviewed public comments can be made at dnr.wi.gov 

Then after September 22 the councils will review the comments and consider them when making the final decisions. All recommendations will be finalized at public meetings in early October.

For more information, including October meeting dates and locations, visit the CDAC web page, or email DNRCDACWebMail@Wisconsin.gov.