Wisconsin Deer:  An estimated population of  1,343,500 deer in 2016 post-hunt, rising into 2017.   Estimated at 1.2 million deer in 2015 post-hunt.   In 2014 an estimated 1,182,000 white-tailed deer.  After three mild winters, the state will increase the antlerless quota for 2017-18.  An extremely mild winter in 2015-16 increased the population particularly in the west central agricultural regions.  2017 Hunting Forecast.  Herd analysis at right.   Historical Wisconsin hunting data and news archive.
Wisconsin Deer

... a provision in the state budget that transferred the responsibility for picking up killed deer from the Department of Natural Resources to the Department of Transportation...

WBAY
...  the DNR sold 582,281 licenses authorizing hunting with a firearm during the nine-day season ... down slightly from 587,440 sold ,,, in 2016...

  Second albino deer found shot, killed in Wisconsin November 22, 2017 Grand Forks Herald
... It’s illegal to shoot an albino deer in Wisconsin. The animals have been protected in the state since 1940.

The Return of Earn-a-Buck? November 22, 2017 Wisconsin, Door County Pulse
... a lot of hunters don’t care to shoot antlerless deer ...Some are of the opinion there aren’t enough deer or you can increase the deer numbers. Unfortunately, the habitat is such that it can’t support as many deer as we have on an ongoing basis. Now with different agricultural practices, with more fields tilled in the fall so the residue of crops are not available, wooded areas are getting hit harder.” ...

Deer kill down about 12 percent from 2016 November 21, 2017 Wisconsin, Leader-Telegram
...  for the first weekend of the nine-day gun deer hunting season ... most counties in western Wisconsin saw a dip ... the northeast portion of the state had strong numbers reported ...

The DNR says an albino deer was mistakenly shot and killed over the weekend in Pepin County, Wisconsin. November 21, 2017


Go ahead and shoot collared deer November 20, 2017 Wisconsin,
WiscNews
... 138 adult deer and 91 fawns, have been fitted with GPS collars ...  DNR would like the collar returned to save money...

Waupaca County's large deer herd a big draw on opening day November 18, 2017 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... Waupaca County has an estimated population of 59,300 deer, the most in the state... “It’s simply a reflection of the perfect matrix in terms of landscapes and land use between forest and farmlands and open space and woods,” said Jeff Pritzel, a DNR deer policy program manager ...

Plentiful food, habitat means substantial deer population November 16, 2017 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune
... current objectives in all WCD [West Central district]  farmland units, except Buffalo, Chippewa and Trempealeau counties, are to stabilize deer populations, but in the Central Farmland units the objective is to increase deer numbers...

he Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is hoping that more information and testing will help them get a handle on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the deer population across the state. - November 13, 2017


... Confirmation of two cases of chronic wasting disease, or CWD in two white-tailed deer shot on a hunting ranch in Waupaca County has led to another farm in Iowa County being quarantined ...

... It’s time Gov. Walker and DNR secretary Dan Meyer concede the obvious: Voluntary CWD testing is crippling the DNR’s ability to monitor the disease ... Research in Missouri suggests the DNR needs 1,245 samples in Waupaca County alone this fall to accurately assess CWD’s presence ...

GOP bill would end wolf management efforts in Wisconsin November 9, 2017 Chicago Tribune
...would end the state's efforts to manage wolves and force police to ignore wolf killings, unless the federal government removes the animals from the endangered species list... They are depredating our deer population ...

... DNR is recruiting volunteers to help setup and monitor cameras in the new elk reintroduction area in the Flambeau River State Forest near Winter...  a camera grid of 100 trail cameras has been designed.  Similar camera grids already exist near Black River Falls and Clam Lake..,

DNR Secretary Voices Support For Double-Fencing Deer Farms October 30, 2017 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio News
... Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Dan Meyer said he would support double-fencing for deer farms to reduce the spread of chronic wasting disease...  a stakeholder committee reviewing the state’s CWD response plan recommended double-fencing farms where deer test positive ...

State agencies must stamp out CWD at deer farms October 25, 2017 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
...  Chronic wasting disease has arrived in Wisconsin's deer factory [see story below] ... Worse yet, the state agency with authority over captive cervid facilities - the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection - isn't doing anything to snuff it out...

Pair of Deer Test Positive for CWD in Waupaca County October 23, 2017 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Ag Connection
... Two male white-tailed deer from a hunting ranch in Waupaca County have tested positive for chronic wasting disease...

Deer Forecast for 2017 - October 20, 2017


Douglas County Deer council recommendations sent to state October 13, 2017 Wisconin, Superior Telegram
...  Douglas County Deer Advisory Council's recommendations for splitting the current county-wide deer management unit (DMU) into three and increasing herd size over the next three years ...

Wisconsin 2016 Deer Population Estimate [PDF] October, 2017 Wisconsin DNR
... The statewide posthunt white-tailed deer population estimate for 2016 was approximately 1,343,500, 14% higher than in 2015. Population estimates, based on sex-age-kill calculations, declined 10% or more between 2015 and 2016 in 7 deer management units, increased 10% or more in 41 units, and remained within a 10% change in the remaining 32 units. Population estimates increased 31% from 2015 to 2016 in the Northern Forest Zone and 12% in the Central Forest Zone. Zonal estimates increased 12% in the Central Farmland and 1% in the Southern
Farmland..,

DNR Proposes Rule Change For Elk Hunts October 9, 2017 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio News
... The change would allow the state to decide when a hunt could occur regardless of the animal's numbers. The state reintroduced 25 elk near Clam Lake in northern Wisconsin just over two decades ago. The herd’s population has since grown to around 180 ..,

... One of Wisconsin’s oldest and largest sausage makers told its customers in late August that it will no longer process venison into sausage and other snack-meat products because of chronic wasting disease’s worsening spread in the state’s deer herd... Consumer safety is our No. 1 concern ...

 CWD-positive white tailed deer found on hunting ranch October 3, 2017 Wisconsin, Wisconsin State Farmer
... The 3-year-old Shawano County buck was one of about 245 deer reported to be on the 481-acre ranch ... born on a Wilderness Game Farm, Inc. breeding facility in May 2014 ...

Poof! No more carcass tags September 30, 2017 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... When Gov. Scott Walker signed the state budget Sept. 21 — five days after the archery deer season opened — Kleefisch’s provisions became law. The state had already sold and issued several-hundred-thousand deer licenses and tags by then, and so the Department of Natural Resources scrambled to explain the new laws ...

...  does, fawns and bucks are part of the Southwestern Wisconsin Chronic Wasting Disease, Deer and Predatory Study ... All collars have contact phone numbers for the hunters to use...

Why the rush on carcass tag legislation? September 29, 2017 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... several states, including Michigan, don’t require deer hunters to register their kills. Others not requiring registration are Texas, Kansas, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, South Carolina and Saskatchewan...

Deer Tags No Longer Required September 28, 2017 Wisconsin, WBAY
... Effective immediately, the new state budget removes the requirement that hunters place a carcass tag on the deer they harvest...  some hunters worry about an impact to harvest data, or that violators might go undetected...

... Last year, Wisconsin law enforcement agencies reported 20,413 crashes between deer and motor vehicles. Dane County had the most with 1,006 ...

Coyotes play ecological role in region September 26, 2017 Wisconsin, Portage Daily Register
... Whether coyotes perhaps play a positive role in reducing the number of deer with CWD is one question the study may answer, as well as how much of a negative effect the predators have on deer populations in general ...

Deer, turkey tagging requirements eliminated in state budget bill September 23, 2017 Wisconsin, Stevens Point Journal
...  hunters in Wisconsin are no longer required to place a carcass tag on deer  ... Tom Hauge, who retired in 2016 after 30 years as DNR wildlife director, said the changes would make it more difficult to get accurate deer harvest information and easier for violators to go undetected...

Nashotah Park to host first-ever bow hunt aimed at reducing deer population September 21, 2017 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... DNR biologists recommend a carrying capacity of 14 deer per square mile of habitat in urbanized settings. Nashotah Park covers about 0.7 square miles, which equates to an optimal deer herd of about 11, but the survey noted 26 deer in the park on the day of the count.  [Here is what the Wisconsin DNR says:  The number of deer that a community wants is a community decision. There is no biologically correct number. The biological carrying capacity of many of our urban areas can be over 100 deer per square mile.  Link to this information]

Recommendations on three-year deer population objectives to be finalized at October CDAC meetings September 19, 2017 Wisconsin, DNR News
... A map of preliminary recommendations [PDF] is available at dnr.wi.gov, keyword "CDAC."  All CDAC meetings are open to the public with time allotted for public comments before councils finalize recommendations. Public comments should be specific to population objective and boundary recommendation topics. A meeting schedule is available on the CDAC web page at dnr.wi.gov, search keyword "CDAC." ...

New urgency for hunters to test deer for CWD, lab says September 12, 2017 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... Preliminary results of studies released earlier this year in Canada found for the first time CWD could be transmitted to primates... growing concern about the rapid spread of CWD through Wisconsin’s deer herd, but most hunters don’t take advantage of free state testing of the deer they kill...

... These preliminary recommendations cover county deer population objectives for the next three years and potential changes to Deer Management Unit (DMU) boundaries.  The online public comment period regarding these recommendations will begin after noon today and run through Sept. 22, 2017...

... Early in September, County Deer Advisory Councils will provide preliminary recommendations on county deer population objectives for the next three years and potential changes to Deer Management Unit (DMU) boundaries for online public review and comment.  The online public comment period regarding these recommendations will begin after noon on Sept. 11 and run through Sept. 22, 2017..,

Superior, Deer council seeks input on DMU changes September 5, 2017 Wisconsin, Superior Telegram
... recommended increasing the county's deer population over the next three years, either as a whole or in the separate units. The only exception was a recommendation to maintain the current deer population in the metro subunit that surrounds the city of Superior...

Waupaca, Deer council says reduce herd September 1, 2017 Wisconsin, Waupaca County News
... Council members voted 3-2 to reduce the county’s deer herd, although by how much remains to be seen...  I think what we need to do is get more hunters to harvest more does... There’s still that faction that believes you’re less of a hunter if you shoot a doe...

Taylor County, Deer Advisory Council says to continue increasing deer population in county August 30, 2017 Wisconsin, CW Media
... Taylor County’s Deer Advisory Council recommended Thursday to continue with an increase deer population objective for another three years... subject to a public comment period Sept. 11-22 ...

Hunters and severe winters - not wolves - key to Wisconsin's deer numbers August 23, 2017 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... There are 480,273 deer in the 18-county northern forest management zone, according to the 2017 pre-hunt population estimate from the Department of Natural Resources... a record high of at least 925 wolves, most of which are in northern Wisconsin.  The latest wolf report represents a 6% increase from 2015-'16 and a 24% rise from 2014-'15...

Bald Eagle Attacks a Swimming Deer August 17, 2017 Wisconsin, National Geographic
... Julie Smith was delighted to see a fawn swimming in Lake Noquebay. She got out her phone to record the event when she caught something relatively unexpected on camera instead—a bald eagle swooping down to grab a tasty meal...

Door County Deer Advisory Council Holds First Meeting Aug. 28 August 11, 2017 Wisconsin, Door County Pulse
... Councils will develop recommendations regarding deer population objectives and DMU boundaries that will influence herd management in their county over the next three years...

... These meetings and the resulting recommendations set the stage for the number of antlerless permits and the season structures that are used in each county for the next three year period...

Bill limiting length of feeding ban signed into law August 8, 2017 Wisconsin, Lakeland Times
... In any county where CWD was found, if no positive tests for the disease came back for a period of 36 months, the ban will be lifted... All of the wildlife health experts that looked at the bill said that the two- and three-year period is very insufficient in assuring that there is not additional chronic wasting disease ...

Walker signs bill limiting deer baiting bans August 2, 2017 Wisconsin, Minneapolis Star Tribune
...  the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has indefinitely prohibited baiting and feeding in counties where CWD has been confirmed ... The bill limits the ban in infected counties to 36 months and in neighboring counties to 24 months...

Family rescues drowning fawn from Fox River August 1, 2017 Wisconsin, WAOW
...a struggling baby deer was trapped in the Fox River’s current... brought the frightened deer to the shore... it's best to leave it just be. Because it will find its way back to its mother.” ...

Annual citizen-science deer survey to begin Aug. 1 July 26, 2017 Wisconsin, DNR News
... Data from this survey provides insight to the reproductive status of Wisconsin's deer herd for 2017 and helps shape deer management for the state. To get involved, record all bucks, does and fawns seen during the day from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30. Daily observations can be tracked using an online tally sheet found at dnr.wi.gov, keyword "deer watch."

Fawns Collared As Part Of 5-Year CWD Study July 24, 2017 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio News
... DNR collared 91 fawns ... Researchers then follow them through time to look at their survival outcomes, movements and habitat use. A dozen deer tested positive for CWD out of 122 that were sampled over the winter ... in the Midwest ... we have currently the highest CWD prevalence ...

DNR releases 31 elk in northern Wisconsin July 22, 2017 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Thirty-one elk were released this month from their holding pen in the Flambeau River State Forest ... The central Wisconsin herd is currently estimated at approximately 60 animals, with up to 20 calves expected to have been born this spring...

IH Plummer, SD Wright, CJ Johnson, JA Pedersen… - Journal of General Virology, 2017
...  Our study is the first to demonstrate CWD prion excretion in urine by asymptomatic elk and mule deer. Our results indicate that the excretion of CWD prions in faeces and, to a lesser extent, urine may provide an important avenue for depositing prions in the environment...

...  the third year of Wisconsin's elk translocation efforts and the first year that elk have been released into the Clam Lake elk range in over 20 years. Following two years of translocation efforts in Jackson County, focus shifted back to the original northern herd that resides primarily in Sawyer County ... Twenty-eight elk arrived at the holding pen in late March, but numbers grew slightly as pregnant cows gave birth ..,

On March 23, 2017, 28 elk from Kentucky arrived at their new home in Sawyer county, Wisconsin. This is the third year of a five-year elk reintroduction project being conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and many other local partners.


Applicants sought for Wildlife Rehabilitation Advisory Council July 18, 2017 Wisconsin, DNR News
... Contact(s): Tami Ryan, DNR wildlife health section chief, 608-266-3143; Carissa Freeh, DNR wildlife rehabilitation program manager, 608-767-2090 ... People with experience in wildlife rehabilitation, wildlife health and the captive wildlife industry are encouraged to apply to serve on the Wisconsin Wildlife Rehabilitation Advisory Council before Aug. 31, 2017... visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "rehab."

... studies show the Sex-Age-Kill (SAK) method of calculating deer populations is ineffective at the individual deer management unit level... while past studies had concern over SAK because of how small the deer units were, the DNR now has larger units that provide better data...

... An estimated 1.34 million deer were left in Wisconsin after the 2016 hunting season ... deer population ranged from 3 to 58 whitetails per square mile of land area, and the average statewide was 25 ..,

Wolf Population Stabilizing in Wisconsin July 11, 2017 Public News Service
... the wolf population is now 925, the highest it's been since we started counting... [ Melissa Smith ... the Great Lakes wolf coordinator for the Endangered Species Coalition] ..,

How can lawmakers ignore CWD threat? June 30, 2017 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... Senate and Assembly Republicans voted 20-13 on June 14 and 60-37 on June 21, respectively, to enact a sunset provision on Wisconsin’s deer baiting and feeding ban... through previous budget cuts targeting the Department of Natural Resources, lawmakers made it impossible to systematically test for CWD, even when it’s found in new areas... 

Macaque study heightens concerns about human susceptibility to CWD June 28, 2017 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
...Macaque monkeys contracted chronic wasting disease after eating meat from CWD-positive deer, according to Canadian researchers.  The findings ... “The assumption was for the longest time that chronic wasting disease was not a threat to human health,” ...

Apply for a seat on your County Deer Advisory Council – applications are due in less than a week June 27, 2017 Wisconsin, WDNR
... Qualified applicants have until July 1 to submit an application for a spot on a County Deer Advisory Council... for more information ...

Does engage in a tricky ritual in trying to raise fawns June 21, 2017 Wisconsin, Chron.com
... For the first four or five weeks of a fawn's life, its mother spends relatively little time in direct contact with it. Using verbal and physical cues hard-wired into both mother and fawn, the doe each morning leads her spindly legged fawn to a spot the doe picks. It's usually a spot offering thick, grassy ground cover ...

Wisconsin Assembly votes to relax deer baiting-feeding ban June 21, 2017 Minneapolis Star Tribune
... state Assembly passed the Republican-backed measure Wednesday 60-37...
... Under AB-61, a deer baiting and feeding ban is required in any county where a CWD-positive deer is found, but that ban may not last longer than three years unless another CWD-positive deer is found during that time...

More than $71000 in fines issued for illegal mule deer hunt June 19, 2017 Wisconsin, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
... charges stem from an October 2014 incident in which conservation officers stopped four men on a ranch near Hazlett, in the Great Sand Hills northwest of Swift Current... 

Bill would limit when Wisconsin game wardens can enter private land June 15, 2017 Duluth News Tribune
... Currently, under a legal precedent known as the "open fields doctrine," law enforcement may generally enter private land adjacent to public land without a warrant in their investigations.  Jarchow, an attorney, said allowing wardens on private property without reason is unconstitutional...

Senate to vote on relaxing prohibition on baiting deer June 14, 2017 Wisconsin, Channel 3000
... Conservationists oppose the change, saying it will lead to the spread of CWD. Supporters say those fears are unfounded...

30 deer hit by motorists in Lincoln County June 12, 2017 Wisconsin, Wausau Daily Herald
... officials said 30 deer crashes in a week is a "very high" amount, crashes involving animals tend to spike in the summer because the bugs chase them to the road ...

Chronic Wasting Disease still alive and strong June 11, 2017 Wisconsin, Osceola Sun
...  “Zero Eradication” where sharpshooters came in and many deer were shot. Farmers were given as many 40 tags to eradicate the deer. Deer were shot with helicopters to drastically cut deer numbers. But you cannot eradicate deer completely even with these tactics... “Deer became super wary. ...

Driver beware: deer are active in June June 7, 2017 Wisconsin, WBAY
...  deer are active in June as the females search for places to give birth. Also, young deer are separating from the mothers.  Over the last five years, June has ranked among the worst months for driver injuries in deer crashes...

     Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for County Deer Advisory Council seats before the application period closes for all counties July 1, 2017.Council members meet annually to review deer management data, gather public input from citizens and provide recommendations to the Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Board regarding deer management decisions in their county...

Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approves 2017 deer harvest quotas and season structure June 5, 2017 WDNR
... The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approved deer hunting season framework and antlerless deer quotas for 2017 at its May 24 meeting in Madison.  Final season framework reflects recommendations from County Deer Advisory Councils – 2017 marks the third year these councils have played a key role in Wisconsin’s deer management efforts...

Fawn capture part of predator study June 3, 2017 Wisconsin, Madison.com
...  goal is to capture 100 of this spring’s fawns and fit each with a tiny collar ... will help the DNR to determine the recruitment rates in particular areas of Dane, Grant and Iowa counties, where chronic wasting disease is prevalent ...

Natural Resources Board approves 8% hike in antlerless deer quota June 3, 2017 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... For the first time since the CDAC process was originated in 2014, the final deer rules did not mirror all the recommendations of the citizen groups... In Bayfield County, the antlerless quota recommendation was reduced from 3,800 to 2,500 in response to hunter concerns that the local CDAC sought "excessive antlerless tag levels." ...

CWD news you won't hear from state June 1, 2017 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
... Bryan Richards, CWD project leader at the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Heath Center in Madison, said the three game farms “constitute a real and significant threat to the integrity of northern Wisconsin’s deer herd.” ... Meanwhile, the DNR says little about CWD...

2017 deer harvest quotas, season structure set May 31, 2017 Wisconisin, Wisconsin State Farmer
... In 2017, four deer management units within the Northern and Central Forest zones will allow only bucks to be harvested, while the rest of Wisconsin will have a total quota of 276,515 antlerless deer (compared to 256,775 in 2016)...

DNR to recommend 8% increase in antlerless harvest quota May 20, 2017 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... The state's deer herd has been increasing after three consecutive mild winters and several years of "buck only" rules in parts of northern Wisconsin ... Last year hunters killed 316,774 deer ...  159,824 antlerless and 156,920 bucks... Wisconsin hunters have not killed more than 203,000 antlerless deer in a year since 2008 ..,

Fawn season! Admire from afar, mom is near May 16, 2017 Wisconsin, WDNR News
... "It is normal for deer mothers to leave their fawns unattended because keeping fawns hidden and alone is actually an adaptation to protect them from predators ... well-meaning people discover fawns alone, mistakenly believe they are in trouble and take unneeded action that may harm the animal ...

“Save Our Deer” Proposal Gains Support May 12, 2017 Wisconsin, urbanmilwaukee 
...  George Meyer, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation urged legislators to co-sponsor the “Save Our Deer” Act ... to slow the spread of CWD ...  deer farmers association urging legislators to not sign on to the bill... 387 deer farms in this state ...

County Deer Advisory Council to Accept Applications on June 1 May 10, 2017 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Ag Connection
   Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for County Deer Advisory Council seats. The enrollment period for each county is open during the entire month of June...

May Fawning - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! May 9, 2017 Wisconsin, DNR News
... Volunteers will join DNR search teams in Grant, Iowa and Dane Counties. Each day, we will comb targeted fawning areas – on foot – for a few hours to find newborns hidden in grassy fields and wooded underbrush...

DNR deer predator study pleased with first-year efforts May 8, 2017 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... To date, five positive CWD samples have been returned with researchers waiting on more results. Deer testing positive for CWD will be left on the landscape and monitored to determine a number of factors...

... The proposed legislation would require double or electric fencing around all CWD-positive captive cervid facilities... Current state law allows single fencing on captive cervid facilities, including those where the disease has been found...

State wildlife regulators are asking scientists for help in preventing chronic wasting disease from spreading among Michigan's whitetail deer. The Michigan Natural Resources Commission recently voted to form a team of experts to develop recommendations. Chronic wasting disease first turned up in the state's free-ranging deer two years ago. - April 26, 2017 Wisconsin


Portage, City reports biggest deer harvest in 3 years April 25, 2017 Wisconsin, WiscNews
... harvested 23 deer this year, its highest total for the abatement program since Portage switched from a contracted sharpshooter service three years ago.  This year’s culling of deer began in mid-January and ended in mid-April...

DNR falling short on service to deer hunters April 23, 2017 Wisconsin, Journal Times
... In the south-central and southwestern regions of Wisconsin, the percentage of deer testing positive for chronic wasting disease surpassed 10 percent for the second straight year ... 447 deer tested CWD-positive in 2016 ... It’s 90 deer, or 25 percent more, than the previous high, 357 in 2013, even though the DNR tested 567 fewer deer ...

Door County, Antlerless-only deer hunt shot down in close vote April 18, 2017 Wiconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... A common theme by those opposed was that the northern portion of the county should be managed separately than the more productive farmland regions of the south...

Delafield, State's new permit rules complicate Delafield deer harvest April 18, 2017 Wisconsin, Lake Country Now
...  this year’s DNR permit ... stipulates that the deer cannot be shot in the head ... DNR wants the deer heads preserved for research into chronic wasting disease.  The city’s deer harvesting contractor, Wildlife Management Services, will not shoot deer at the designated site under the conditions required ... When deer are shot in the head, they die instantly ...

DNR won't tell you, but CWD-infected deer numbers surging April 17, 2017 Wisconsin,
Madison.com
... the DNR isn’t lying about CWD, but it’s sinning through omission by not explaining the plague’s spread ... disease rates again set records across ... much of south-central to southwestern Wisconsin. Of 3,730 deer that hunters submitted for testing there, 442 – 12 percent – were infected...

St. Croix County, Deer Advisory Council to determine final recommendations for 2017 April 13, 2017 Wisconsin, My Gateway News
... recommendations are expected to increase the county’s deer herd by 4%... [for public comment on all Deer Advisory Councils]

Door County, Antlerless-Only Deer Hunting Appears Likely in Door County April 11, 2017 Wisconsin, WBAY
... With an estimated 67 deer per square mile of habitat, and a goal of 25 deer per square mile, Door County's citizen-based Deer Advisory Council has wrestled with how to reduce the county's deer population...

CH Warbington, TR Van Deelen, AS Norton… - The Journal of Wildlife …, 2017
... Our objective was to compare fawn survival under different, though representative, ecological conditions in Wisconsin USA... Female fawns had higher survival than males ... Because risks facing fawns vary with ecological context, understanding specific factors that affect fawn survival is important for predicting local outcomes of white-tailed deer management...

Baiting deer legal if not for hunting April 10, 2017 Wisconsin, WEAU 13 News
... A state appellate judge has ruled baiting deer is permissible as long as the bait isn't intended for hunting ...

... Last year, the city held a managed hunt on the City Wells property ... We would hope that Act 71, that allows a little more liberalized bow hunting within city limits, to help manage the city's deer population...

County Deer Advisory Councils to finalize 2017 deer season recommendations at April meetings April 4, 2017 Wisconsin, WDNR News
Preliminary recommendations developed by each County Deer Advisory Council at their March meetings are now available for public review and comment. To provide feedback, use the online survey tool ... The survey is open through April 13 ...

New Wisconsin deer metrics system places important data at your fingertips April 4, 2017 DNR News
A new deer metrics system provides for a unique opportunity to take a detailed look at how County Deer Advisory Councils and the Department of Natural Resources work closely with the public to manage Wisconsin's deer herd.

Delafield eyes herd control April 4, 2017 Wisconsin, Lake Country Now
... In 2017, Delafield has budgeted $2,200 to shoot 10 deer.  ... to receive that approval, the city would have to conduct a deer census in the early winter... deer count is conducted by helicopter and costs about $2,400 ...

DNR, Conservation Congress want your input March 30, 2017 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... four ideas to expand deer-management “tools” for CDACs trying to reduce their county’s herd ... ideas include restoring earn-a-buck regulations, establishing a 16-day gun season, holding a continuous antlerless-only hunt during the second half of December, and offering landowners financial incentives to allow public access to hunt deer...

City to vote on deer management plan March 30, 2017 Wisconsin, Waupaca County News
... Pomerenke expressed a concern related to the state law already allowing people to bow hunt in the city during the regular archery season.  Under Wisconsin Act 71, which went into effect in 2013, people may hunt with bows and crossbows in the city limits during the regular bow season...

April public comment period will provide opportunity to give feedback regarding preliminary antlerless harvest quota recommendations March 29, 2017 Wisconsin, DNR News
... County Deer Advisory Councils have released their preliminary deer antlerless quota, permit level, and season structure recommendations for the 2017 deer hunting season., A public comment period will be open from April 3 - 13 to collect feedback on the preliminary recommendations. 

     Twenty-eight Kentucky elk have arrived at their new home in the Flambeau River State Forest in Sawyer County. Once released into the wild, the “class of 2017” will join the current Clam Lake herd.  Check out a video highlighting their arrival in Wisconsin below ...

Delafield 'overrun by deer' March 23, 2017 Wisconsin, Lake Country Now
... Attwell suggested allowing bowhunters to hunt deer within the city limits would help control the deer population.  However, council president Tim Aicher expressed concerned that the state law requires bowhunters to seek permission of property owners before pursuing a wounded animal on private property...

Deer kill surveys available for area hunters March 24, 2017 Wisconsin, Lakeland Times
... As The Lakeland Times has previously reported, many hunters and residents disbelieve the DNR claim of buck harvest up 30 percent in the Northern Forest zone...  200 surveys have been mailed out to hunters ...

Waupaca attempts to address growing deer herd within the city March 21, 2017 Wisconsin, WeAreGreenBay.com
... Residents of Waupaca say the biggest problems with deer in the city comes with the deer eating the vegetation, but residents also expressed concerns over high car insurance rates because of collisions with deer ...

Black River Falls firefighters rescue deer trapped on ice March 21, 2017 Wisconsin, News8000.com - WKBT
... Rescue crews located the whitetail deer about 300 yards from the boat landing, partially submerged and unable to get to land...

Door CDAC aiming at antlerless-only deer hunt March 17, 2017 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... Anticipating a huge turnout in response to recommending an antlerless-only hunting season this fall, the committee plans to hold its mid-April meeting at Sturgeon Bay High School...
 
Waupaca City seeks input on deer plan March 16, 2017 Wisconsin, Waupaca County News
... Implement a managed bow hunt program... 384 responses to the survey, and 43.3 percent said they strongly agreed the deer herd in the city limits had grown ... Forty-nine percent of those who responded to the survey strongly agreed a managed bow hunt would be a humane approach to decrease the size of the herd...

Baiting bill highlights CWD ignorance March 16, 2017 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette
... The primary author of AB61 and SB68 is Rep. Adam Jarchow, R-Balsam Lake. Jarchow dislikes the law banning baiting/feeding in counties where a deer tests positive for chronic wasting disease ... the DNR secretary forbids expert staff from attending a hearing...
     Bill to restore baiting and feeding a threat to deer herd March 15, 2017 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Assembly Bill 61 defies the consensus of knowledge on disease transmission and would allow increased placement of artificial food in Wisconsin. Specifically, the bill limit would limit the time during which baiting and feeding of deer may be prohibited following a positive test for chronic wasting disease and bovine tuberculosis...

Deer council advisory meetings kick off in northeast Wisconsin March 14, 2017
WeAreGreenBay.com
... Every county in the Wisconsin has these meetings and will the main goal is to analyze the data from last year in order to make recommendations for 2017 ... Here is a link to the CDAC page where you can find anything from success rate, to harvest numbers, and population...

Blaine to prohibit feeding of deer March 11, 2017 Wisconsin, ABC Newspapers
... There was not enough snow this winter for the city of Blaine to receive a good count on how many deer could be in the community, according to Blaine Police Capt. Dan Szykulski. Therefore, the city will not be pursuing a deer harvesting permit from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources ...

 Deer council meetings, waterfowl hearings on tap March 9, 2017 Wisconsin, Journal Times
... People interested in all things deer have an opportunity to let their voices be heard by attending the County Deer Advisory Councils annual meetings that begin March 13. Councils will review key deer metrics in order to develop preliminary antlerless harvest goals ...

     A new deer metrics system provides a unique opportunity for people to take a detailed look at how County Deer Advisory Councils and the Department of Natural Resources work together with the public to manage Wisconsin's deer herd... [see video below]

Find all the stats and figures you've been looking for. The DNR's new Deer Metrics website puts the info at your fingertips. We hope this new tool helps hunters and conservationists everywhere.


DNR sees increase in rates of wasting disease in Rock County March 6, 2017 Wisconsin, Beloit Daily News
... testing positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Rock County in 2016 out of the 81 that were tested... an increase in prevalence as well as distribution of CWD in the eastern side of Rock County since the county had its first positive test in 2003...

CWD: 'The worst thing you can do is nothing' March 2, 2017 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... everyone in this audience seemed well aware that mature bucks in parts of southwestern Wisconsin have 50 percent CWD-infection rates. They also knew Wisconsin’s disease rates started spiking in 2005 when public pressure forced the Department of Natural Resources to cease hostilities against the fatal disease...

Deer, CWD and predator study underway in southwestern Wisconsin February 25, 2017 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... the Southwest Wisconsin CWD, Deer and Predator Study... The DNR calls the work the "largest and most comprehensive deer research project ever undertaken in Wisconsin." Its goal is to examine factors that could impact deer survival and deer population growth in southern Wisconsin ...

Resources board to weigh in on rule changes February 24, 2017 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... This year’s spring hearings, held in all 72 counties, will be held April 10. To see this year’s questionnaire, learn how to submit a resolution, or find out more, visit www.dnr.wi.gov/About/WCC/springhearing.html...  it is expected that County Deer Management Advisory Councils (CDAC) will be given the authority to extend archery and crossbow deer hunting seasons ...

Madison.com
... would place time limits of two to three years on deer feeding bans in counties where it [chronic wasting disease] has been detected.  Under current state law there are permanent feeding bans in place in 43 of the state's 72 counties...

County Deer Advisory Council meetings provide great opportunity to get involved in deer management February 21, 2017 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - State of Wisconsin
... Beginning March 13, County Deer Advisory Councils will review deer population data and other key information in order to develop preliminary antlerless quota and permit level recommendations on public and private lands within their counties ...

DNR reviews its CWD plan February 20, 2017 Wisconsin,Chippewa Herald
... Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was first discovered in Wisconsin white tailed deer in 2001.  ... The rapidly increasing prevalence of CWD in does is particularly troubling. At some point, CWD will begin to interfere with the ability of does to conceive and carry fawns to term. It will also interfere with their ability to successfully raise the fawns. When this happens on a large scale, the population will crash...

Deer Management Assistance Program February 17, 2017 Wisconsin, WiDNR News
    Become a land steward and leave a lasting legacy for wildlife on property you own or hunt. With three levels of enrollment, DMAP is suitable for properties of any size.  Learn how to best create the habitat that wildlife needs through DMAP educational resources ... landowners with properties larger than 160 acres are encouraged to apply before March 1 to be eligible for a site visit and management plan in 2017.

New DNR estimates show hunters took more deer in 2016 February 16, 2017 Wisconsin, Fox11online.com
... Updated figures the DNR released Feb. 7 show hunters took 202,338 deer during the season... Hunters purchased 598,867 [gun] licenses, down from 612,377 in 2015 ...

...  deer aren't necessarily there as much as they used to be," said said Rep. Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz). "Baiting and feeding was one way that they were able to at least see a deer." ...

Conservation groups propose alternatives to DNR cuts February 10, 2017 Wisconsin, Starjournalnow
... Fourteen conservation organizations have teamed up in support of raising Wisconsin hunting and fishing license fees to help close a DNR budget shortfall... Neighboring states of Minnesota and Michigan have increased hunting and fishing license fees in recent years but in Wisconsin no increase has been put into place since 2005 for most licenses and some have not changed since the 1990s...

Wisconsin panel finalizes wasting disease recommendations February 1, 2017 Lexington Herald Leader
... around 60 suggestions. Chief among them is a call for the "targeted culling" of deer on public and private land ... 25 deer on farms tested positive for CWD last year, 45 in 2015 and 11 in 2014. The state is home to 387 farms ..,

Waupaca, Majority favor city bow hunt February 1, 2017 Wisconsin, Waupaca County News
... A managed archery harvest program began in 2006 ...  [survey] asked if they would support a managed bow hunt ... The final survey results show 43.3 percent said they strongly agree the deer herd in the city limits has grown and 27.3 percent disagree with that...

White deer are ordinary white-tailed deer with an extraordinary color. They are white or mostly white in color. The color is a genetic trait and is inherited but is extremely rare. - February 1, 2017 Wisconsin


Panel wants state to slow spread of deer disease February 1, 2017 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... Preliminary recommendations would direct the state to make fighting Chronic Wasting Disease its primary goal in setting hunting quotas, intensify its tracking of the disease and consider culling deer from afflicted areas...

Deer research done, not forgotten January 28, 2017 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
...  The study included the harshest winter (2013-'14) recorded in Wisconsin since 1960 and one of the five mildest (2011-'12) .. human hunting as the largest source of mortality among juvenile and adult deer ...  the work reinforced the belief that most predation is "compensatory" rather than "additive."  "Most predated deer exhibited poor body condition (red bone marrow) and were nutritionally stressed," ...

Local deer council weighs in on CWD January 27, 2017 Wisconsin, Superior Telegram
... Council members were asked to vote on 56 action items ...  Only one of the measures was voted down ... a statewide ban on deer baiting and feeding...  

... The application deadline is March 1 for properties larger than 160 acres, which may be eligible for a site visit and management plan in 2017. While applications may be submitted at any time, landowners are encouraged to apply now to receive immediate access to informational resources, including:  habitat and deer management information ...

Government needs to support CWD research January 20, 2017 Wisconsin, Stevens Point Journal
...Bishop said  ...research into CWD’s economic and sociological impacts remains ignored.  Specifically, we’ve had no economic studies of CWD’s impacts since December 2005, and no “human dimensions” research into CWD’s sociological impacts for at least seven years ...

Madison.com,  Sen. Kathleen Vinehout
... funds to manage Wisconsin’s fish, wildlife and habitat have not kept up with needs... The heavy reliance on license fees is concerning as the number of hunters and anglers decreases ... Maybe it’s time to spread the cost of protection over more than just the hunters and anglers ...

Deer council reviews CWD plan January 12, 2017 Wisconsin, Waupaca County News
... Wisconsin’s County Deer Advisory Councils are meeting this month to review the state’s CWD Response Plan. The state Department of Natural Resources uses the plan, which covers 2010-25, as a guide ...

  Marshfield Zoo 'Deer Video' Gets 6-Million Views January 3, 2017 Wisconsin, 
WSAU News
... a video of deer enjoying a unique "Christmas Feast" at Marshfield's Wildwood Zoo... [watch the video on their Facebook page]

Deer found near where popular buck "Bow Tie" was killed. - January 3, 2017


Deer shedding antlers early in southwestern Wisconsin December 31, 2016 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Nutrition is important, as bucks in good physical condition generally retain their antlers longer than those that are nutritionally stressed ... Widespread early antler casting may signify a nutritionally stressed herd ...

No recount needed after 2016 gun-deer season December 30, 2016 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... Deer season’s truly head-shaking news came from the DNR’s “Northern Forest Zone.” November’s gun-season kill in the North was 32,400, up 27 percent from 25,444 during the November 2015 season; including a 30 percent jump in the buck kill, from 18,048 to 23,445... The 2016 gun-buck kill — 24,206, including 761 from muzzleloaders — won’t reach 2012’s total of 26,981, but it’s only 7 percent higher than the five-year average...
     Hunters questioning 30 percent increase in Northern Region buck kill December 30, 2016 Wisconsin, Lakeland Times
... Gregg Walker is the publisher of The Lakeland Times, a bi-weekly newspaper out of Minocqua in Oneida County. Walker isn't taking the news of the 30 percent increase in the Northern Region buck kill at face value. He has filed a Freedom of Information Request with the DNR to get all of the hunter registration information for the Northern Region...

Bluff View Builds CWD Kiosk December 28, 2016 Wisconsin, Courier Press
... About a dozen deer heads were dropped off this year ... When there is a head or heads in the kiosk, the DNR is contacted and the heads are taken to a lab in Black River Falls to be checked for CWD by DNR biologists. There is no charge to hunters...

CWD on deer council agenda December 23, 2016 Wisconsin, Waupaca County News
... “Each council [County Deer Advisory Council] will use current CWD data, preliminary recommendations from the review committee and online public feedback to submit recommendations on action items in the plan,” ...

... We’re proposing that we have a fish and wildlife agency that manages and promotes the sports of hunting and fishing and then a separate agency that does environmental protection... 

Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan open for public comment December 19, 2016 Wisconsin, Chippewa Herald
... The plan covers action items like CWD surveillance and monitoring, hunting season tools, captive deer regulations, biosecurity and safety, research, and public involvement... Wisconsin's chronic wasting disease response plan

Hunters knocking down number of collared deer in Wisconsin December 19, 2016 Madison
... 1,001 deer that biologists ... fitted with radio-transmitting collars from 2010 to 2014 ... Once hunting season arrives, half the forest’s bucks – whether they’re adults or yearlings with their first antlers – get shot. The biggest influences on the North’s deer population are still habitat and winter weather...

Funding, not fear, is needed in CWD fight December 16, 2016 Wisconsin, Stevens Point Journal
... no one should claim CWD hasn’t spread outside the endemic area. Not testing for it doesn’t prove it’s not there. .. many hunters won’t provide samples voluntarily. As the committee heard often Monday, hunters in areas that allow baiting and feeding often decline to submit a possibly diseased deer, fearing a positive result will trigger a baiting/feeding ban...

DNR pleased with deer trend in north, will evaluate tagging system December 14, 2016 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Regionally, the deer kill was 111,484 (down 4% from 2015) in the central farmland, 44,891 (down 7%) in the southern farmland, 32,400 (up 21%) in the northern forest and 8,010 (down 2%) in the central forest. ... first deer season under the DNR's Go Wild! licensing system, which allows "paperless" authorization of hunting ...

Fear for the white deer December 15, 2016 Wisconsin, Isthmus 
White deer can be seen a mile away, which makes them vulnerable to coyotes and hunters — those who don’t know they’re protected animals.  Despite the love residents of the Leland-Plain area have for the wild white deer, a population that may include 25 animals in the area, hunters are believed to have killed five in the past four years...

Deer harvest numbers down December 13, 2016 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune
... Preliminary data from the nine-day gun deer season show a decrease in the number of deer harvested from 198,057 in 2015 to 196,785 in 2016 ...

Waupaca, City seeks input on deer December 13, 2016 Waupaca County News
 ...agreed to not consider any gun activity in the city limits to deal with the urban deer issue... There are already state regulations in place allowing people to hunt with bows and crossbows in city limits during the regular bow season.  Wisconsin Act 71 became effective in 2013...


Popular white buck illegally shot December 12, 2016 Wisconsin, Outdoor News
... People from Bear Valley who’d seen the buck many times the past five years said the buck was more tame than wild, and was fed regularly by locals. The buck didn’t spook as the ATVs approached...

State needs to keep its guard up with CWD December 10, 2016 Wisconsin, Baraboo News Republic
... we’re concerned that La Crosse County seems to be left off the map by state officials who are responsible for stemming the spread of the disease...

Discounts not the way to new hunters December 9, 2016 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
... the nine-day season’s buck kill peaked at 171,891 in 1995 when the state sold 684,944 gun-deer licenses ... Wisconsin will never again routinely sell over 650,000 gun-deer licenses ... in October 2011 as a hunter recruitment incentive, I wrote that we won’t boost hunting with garage-sale discounts: “Do we have evidence that selling a $24 license for ($5) would attract and retain fledgling hunters ...

Wisconsin Deer Herd: Wasting Away? December 5, 2016 Public News Service
... While there is no evidence that CWD has spread to humans, Durkin says the infection rate in the state's deer herd has gone up every year for the past decade, and more should be done to encourage hunters to have the deer they harvest tested for the disease...

Few highlights from this deer camp December 4, 2016 Wisconsin, Starjournalnow
... The number of licenses sold in 2016 was 598,867 [gun]. In 2015 there were 612,377 licenses sold. This is the first time since 1976 the number has dropped below 600,000... see Wisconsin deer harvest summary ...

... Preliminary registration figures from the 2016 nine-day Wisconsin gun deer hunt indicate hunters registered more than 196,700 deer, down slightly from the 198,000 registered in 2015. However, the buck harvest of more than 97,800 was an increase of 5.7 percent compared to 2015.  The largest change in buck harvest occurred in the Northern Forest Zone, up 30 percent from 2015 ...

... Hunters registered 196,785 deer during the 2016 Wisconsin gun deer season, the lowest total in 34 years ... The agency sold 598,867 gun licenses, a 40-year low and the first time the number has dipped below 600,000 since 1976...

Deer Hunt 2016: Eagles suffer from lead poisoning November 30, 2016 Wisconsin, Fox11
... The birds can be poisoned by eating lead bullet fragments left behind in carcasses... We've had six Bald Eagles come in since the beginning of gun season ... It was a gut pile, because we have the large part of the slug ...

Wisconsin hunter meets unusually friendly fawn wearing an orange scarf November 30, 2016 UPI.com
... "This deer lives in the wild but is friendly toward humans and someone was smart enough to put the orange scarf around his neck to try to protect him," ...

Antlerless deer kill falls by 65 percent in Chippewa County November 30, 2016 Wisconsin, Chippewa Herald
... the action by the Deer Advisory Council was done to protect female deer and increase reproduction in the county for next year.  Last year the council chose to issue fewer antlerless tags on public land... decreasing deer population in the area, which has been noticeable in parts of the county since 2011...


...  Close to 600,000 deer hunters embraced the excitement of another nine-day gun deer season in Wisconsin, and preliminary numbers show an increase in the buck harvest, especially in the far northern counties....
     Hunters kill 196K deer during Wisconsin gun season November 29, 2016 WISN Milwaukee
... data show hunters killed 196,785 deer statewide during the season, down from 198,057 last year. The DNR also reported that it has sold 598,867 gun deer licenses through the end of the nine-day season on Sunday. That's down about 13,510 ...
... the DNR reported an increase of nearly 6 percent in buck kills from last year, with 97,892 bucks killed... Hunters took just more than 350,000 deer in 2007 ...Since 2007, the total number of deer killed during the nine-day gun deer hunt has shown a downward trend.
     Fond du Lac County sees drop in deer harvest November 29, 2016, Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Reporter
... Fond du Lac County hunters bagged 3,780 deer this season, down by more than 800 animals from last year's harvest.  ... The 2016 deer kill was down despite a statewide herd that was likely larger this year ...  The agency sold 598,867 gun licenses, a 40-year low and the first time the number has dipped below 600,000 since 1976...

Buck harvest is up across region November 28, 2016 Wisconsin, apg-wi.com
... although the statewide deer total statewide is down slightly statewide, it is up dramatically in northwestern Wisconsin...  the deer numbers that hunters are reporting are nowhere near the totals that were commonplace during the heyday of the hunt in the early 2000s but represent a substantial improvement over the relative dearth reported in the last few years...

Gun-Deer Season Numbers Are In November 28, 2016 Wisconsin, WTAQ
... hunters bagged just over 140-thousand deer this year.  That's down by about four-thousand deer from last year... The state says it sold fewer hunting permits this year...

A 3-legged deer but fewer stories are shared November 27, 2016 Wisconsin, Madison
... This year saw the elimination of back tags and the approval to let hunters don blaze pink clothing.  But while the new registration system has brought convenience, it has reduced the number of deer being tested for chronic wasting disease... “We’ve lost thousands of dollars in food and liquor sales,” ...

How to have a voice in deer herd management November 26, 2016 Wisconsin, The Northwoods River News
... County Deer Advisory Committee ... was created in September of 2014 "to gather and consider public input ... Each year the CDAC of every county sets goals for their area deer herd based on input from these various stakeholder groups... Each CDAC meeting contains a public comments period...

... The Wisconsin Ethical Hunter Award, presented annually since 1997 by a four-member committee, is seeking nominations from the public... attempts to recognize and publicize ethical hunting ..

Prized buck turns out to be 8-point doe in Wisconsin November 23, 2016 WSPA.com
... “In deer those females that might have a higher testosterone level it’s expressed with antler growth ... One out of 100,000,” ...

Opening Weekend Deer Hunters Kill More Bucks, Fewer Does November 22, 2016 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio News
... By Monday afternoon, 64,311 bucks were tagged through the state's electronic registration system, that's around 1,400 fewer than last year's opening weekend. But hunters shot 6,044 fewer does across the state compared to last year...

Chippewa County deer kill down 40 percent November 22, 2016 Wisconsin, Chippewa Herald
... the number of antlerless deer, including does, that were killed plummeted from 1,215 in 2015 to 369 this year. That’s a decrease of 846 deer, a fall of 69.6 percent... [see 2016 Wisconsin deer harvest summary]

Opening weekend deer harvest down nearly 5 percent November 22, 2016 Wisconsin, CT Post
... hunters killed 114,472 deer compared with 120,276 deer last year...

Wisconsin's opening day to gun-deer hunt, a lot lower than last year November 21, 2016 La Crosse's NewsTalk 1410AM 92.3FM
... The DNR says opening day numbers statewide were 10 percent lower Saturday...

Wisconsin's gun deer hunting season kicked off Saturday, but chronic wasting disease, a contagious illness transmitted from deer-to-deer, continues to loom over the tradition in southwest Wisconsin. - November 20, 2016


Hunters Ready For Wisconsin Deer Opener November 18, 2016 CBS Local
... Statewide harvest totals the last two years — 222,731 deer in 2015 and 222,588 in 2014 — were the smallest since 2000.  DNR figures show hunters bought 613,165 gun licenses last year, compared with nearly 695,000 licenses in 2000...

Deer disease spreads(CWD), but most hunters still don't test November 18, 2016 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... Chronic Wasting Disease is related to incurable illnesses that cause dementia and death in humans, but CWD itself hasn’t crossed the species line, so most hunters don’t take advantage of free testing offered by the state... only a few thousand of the 300,000 or more deer harvested each year are tested...

...  for the first time since 1942, the Badger State won’t require them to wear “back tags’’ showing their licenses... deer carcass tags now can be purchased online, with immediate delivery to the hunter...

... One action that many hunters would like is a kit where they can easily have their deer tested to see if it is positive for CWD... Tami Ryan, DNR wildlife health specialist, said that 52 hunters have been selected to receive a kit and training, allowing them to take samples of the retro-phyrengial lymph nodes and send them in for analysis...

Know your zones! Use the new interactive map to determine which rules apply where you hunt November 15, 2016 Wisconsin, WDNR News
... hunters should be sure to check out the online deer zone and management unit map to see which counties are classified as split Deer Management Units (DMU) in 2016... Hunters are encouraged to visit the frequently asked questions page for more information...

... No baiting or feeding is allowed in Oconto County or Menominee County following the discovery of chronic wasting disease in a deer raised on a private hunting preserve in Gillett...

Deer expected to be more plentiful for this year's gun season November 14, 2016 Wisconsin, Leader-Telegram
... Following a mild winter, hunters should find plenty of deer in agricultural areas of the state Department of Natural Resources’ 19-county west central region ... in central forest areas of the region ... biologists and county deer advisory councils are trying to build up the herd...

West Bend, City officials to discuss deer and the damage they're causing at tonight's West Bend council meeting November 14, 2016 Wisconsin, Washington County Insider
... The city is discussing whether to issue special permits to allow bow hunting to trim the deer herd in local parks...

Public land is rich resource for savvy hunters November 12, 2016 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Rapids Tribune 
... Wisconsin has 175 designated wildlife areas totaling over 572,000 acres, including 69,000 acres of long-term leased lands, open to public hunting. In addition, there are over 32,000 acres of scattered wildlife habitat properties ... of the 309,805 deer killed by hunters in all seasons in Wisconsin, only 40,061 (13%) were taken on public land ...

For your sake, tag deer ASAP November 12, 2016 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... Registering deer became easier and more convenient in 2015 thanks to electronic registration, but the state’s new ...  a survey and analysis of the 2015 deer seasons by agency researchers estimated 89.5 percent of successful hunters registered their kills...

Northeast District deer forecast November 9, 2016 Wisconsin, Waupaca County News
...after a second mild winter, we can expect more adult deer in the herd this fall ... Antlerless quotas are reduced a bit in the Forest Zone portions of the counties and held steady in the Farmland Zone ... Fawn production and survival is expected to be very good again this year in the Central Farmland Zone...

     1834 - Lafayette County - first reported crop damage by deer.   1851 - First closed season for deer, Feb. 1 - June 30; Native Americans permitted to hunt anytime.    1876 - Hunting with dogs prohibited statewide...

Deer hunting fun in angst-filled way November 5, 2016 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... Since 1998, for instance, an average of 53 percent of hunters said the herd decreased from the previous year... gun-hunters killed more than a half-million bucks (525,039) from 2011 to 2015, and averaged 105,008 bucks annually...  In 2014, 55.6 percent said it was fun, 25.3 percent were neutral and 19.1 percent said it wasn’t fun. In 2015, 52.4 percent said it was fun, 25.9 percent were neutral and 21.8 percent said it wasn’t fun...

... A family of five albino deer have been living in their neighborhood for seven years, and now residents consider them as pets, and have named them...

Wisconsin DNR continues checking for CWD cases November 2, 2016 Wisconsin State Farmer
... During the last 14 years, the trend in prevalence in adult males has risen from 8-10 percent to about 30 percent and from about 3-4 percent to nearly 15 percent in adult females ... trend in yearling males also has increased from about 2 percent to about 10 percent and from roughly 2 percent to about 8 percent in yearling females...

Deer are in the rut -- beware on the road November 2, 2016 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune
... The state’s ongoing battle against chronic wasting disease (CWD) has led to years where hunters could harvest deer with relaxed restrictions in most of the state’s southern counties... Sixty-seven percent of hunters reported seeing either “many fewer deer” or “fewer deer.” ...

Wisconsin's deer need your help - submit harvested adult deer for CWD sampling November 1, 2016 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - State of Wisconsin
Wisconsin wildlife officials will continue testing harvested white-tailed deer for chronic wasting disease this year. This testing is part of the ongoing efforts to monitor the status and spread of the disease in Wisconsin... A map of the 2016 CWD sampling area [PDF] 

Environmental Issues At Forefront Of 12th State Senate District Race November 1, 2016 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio News
... Van Stippen said. "...I don't believe that the decimation of our DNR and the removal of our scientists from the DNR have been beneficial for the northwoods." ... "They messed up the deer herd in northern Wisconsin, and all you have to do is talk to the hunters about that," the Republican senator said ...

Information to support the County Deer Advisory Councils that were recommended by the Wisconsin Deer Report.  Comment on changes to the Councils by November 20.  Program web page.



Wisconsin Deer Analysis:   An estimated population of  1,343,500  deer in 2016 [PDF] post-hunt, up from the estimated 1.2 million deer in 2015 post-hunt.  2017 Hunting Forecast.  An average of 25 deer per square mile, ranging from 3 to 58 per square mile.  In 2014 an estimated 1,182,000 white-tailed deer.  After three mild winters, the state increased the antlerless quota for 2017-18.  An extremely mild winter in 2015-16 and a mild 2014-15 winter allowed a population increase, particularly in the west central agricultural regions and northwest.  Only 38.2 percent of the 2015 deer hunt were does, a low ratio designed to encourage deer growth.  Herd still recovering in the central forest.  2016 Deer Tally2016 Forecast and 2014 population recommendations.  Pre-hunt deer deer population estimated at about 1.4 million in 2013, about 1.5 million in 2012  Long lasting winters in 2012-13 and 2013-14, the worst since 1960,  reduced populations.  The number of deer killed during the 2016 gun season was the lowest in 34 years, the numbers of licenses sold the lowest in 40 years.
     In 2016 the number of antlerless tags increased by 14%, reflecting some recovery for the herd, but buck-only hunts for 10 northern counties.  For 2015 WDNR eliminated anterless tags in 12 units to increase the population. Although 2014-15 winter was mild, populations have not rebounded. In Sawyer County, 40% percent of deer tracked for a study died.  To help rebuild herds 19 counties, about the northern third of the state,  had no doe hunting in 2014.  The largest "no doe" zone in 20 years.  Fawn mortality was estimated at 43 percent.  Populations in the Central Forest and the Central and Southern Farm areas fared better.  A total 612,377 licenses sold in 2015, up from 608,711 in 2014.  Sales were reduced in 2016. Deer harvest down about 15.5 percent in 2014. State population estimates based on Sex-Age-Kill model.  Only about 13 percent of the deer taken in 2015 were on public land.  
    Estimated 1.14 million deer after 2011 hunting season and 1.16 million deer after 2010 hunting season.   Estimated 990,000 deer in January 2010.  Down significantly since 2000 based on legislated deer goals. Deer hunting estimated to have $1.3 billion in economic impact on the state. An estimated 1.6 million deer in 2002.  Hunter success in 2000 was 76 percent, about 37 percent from 1966 to 2009; 40 percent in 2013, 31 percent in 2014.  At the beginning of 2017 an estimated 387 deer farms.  In 2015 an estimated 458 deer farms.  A timeline history.
     Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was first discovered in 2001 in Dane County -- the first case of CWD found outside of the Colorado/Wyoming border region.  CWD data.
     Deer management was reorganized along county boundaries in 2014, each county is forming a County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) of six to eight members.  The state instituted an earn-a-buck policy designed to increase the doe kill, but it was abolished in 2011 by the Legislature after a poor hunt in 2009.
    History:  In 1851, the state restricted deer hunting from Feb 1. to June 30, but Indians could hunt anytime.  In 1876, hunting with dogs was prohibited and in 1892 it was declared lawful to kill any dog running deer.  The first bag limit, two per season, was established in 1897.  In 1900 through 1942, only bucks were hunted.  To further protect the herd in 1925, the legislature closing deer seasons in alternate years, enforced through 1935.  A 1929 survey put the deer population at below 30,000. The 1937 season was only three days and the the Conservation Commission was formed, the beginning of a significant whitetail restoration. The Commission closed deer season from 1938-1943,beginning a restocking effort with deer from Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and relocation some deer within the state. 
     By 1962 the deer population was estimated to be more than 400,000. In 1989, the pre-hunt population was about 1.15 million.  About 1.3 million pre-hunt in 1990.  down to 1 million in 1993.  License sales peaked at 699,275 in 1990.  Up to an estimated 1.6 million in 1996.  The population peaked around the year 2000 when gun hunters took 442,581 deer,  more than any other state in a nine-day season, total kill of 528,494. Population and Ecology 1960 to 2003.  Deer Hunting History.  
     Wisconsin's first human inhabitants, more than 12,000 years ago, hunted large game such as mammoths and mastodons and when those died out adapted to a world rich in deer, nuts and berries.
    Moose Recent peak population of about 8,840 animals in 2006, falling to 2,760 in 2013.  A 2015 aerial survey estimate of 3,450.  A 2016 estimate of 4,020.
    Elk  About elk in 2017 and 160 elk in 2014, near Clam Lake in Ashland County. The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point brought in 25 Michigan elk in 1995.  64 elk were recently relocated from Kentucky.  Elk were hunted to extinction in the 1800's. 
   Wolf   The 2017 population estimated at 925.  The 2016 over winter population estimate at between 866 - 897, up from 746 - 771 in 2015.  The 2014 over winter wolf population estimated at 660 - 689 in 197 packs.  Approximately 800 wolves in 2013 (809 to 834), 600 to 700 in 2014, down from about 1,000 wolves in 2011.   Wisconsin DNR wolf monitoring page.  
    Coyote  From 40,000 to 50,000 coyotes, many of which contain wolf DNA. 
    Bear  About 20,000 bears.
    Bobcats  About 2,500 in the northern zone in 2015.
 
- To report a sick deer observation please call the DNR call center toll free at 1-888-WDNR- INFo (1-888-936-7463), email DNRInfo@Wisconsin.gov, or use the chat feature on the DNR website.
- To report poaching, call the DNR at 1-800-847-9367


Other useful links:
- Deer Metrics   - County Deer Advisory Council Public Input Interactive Map   - Wisconsin Deer Research Projects   - Snapshot WisconsinCitizen-based trail camera monitoring for wildlife populations  Operation Deer Watch - volunteers collecting data for DNR     - Deer Herd Status by County -- County Deer Advisory Councils     - UWSP White-tailed Deer Information and for Mule Deer    - Archived Public Chats with DNR related to deer management    Wisconsin - - Department of Natural Resources

DNR Weekly News


DNR Outdoor Report



Interim Report Summary

"Estimating the number of deer you have is the La Brea Tar Pit of deer managment"  Dr. James Kroll

The state has developed a survey system that uses observations from people around the state, a program that has gotten some significant press attention. Wisconsin Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey
Wisconsin Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan
 
Petting Zoos With Deer in Wisconsin Central Wisconsin: Wisconsin Deer Park (wisdeerpark.com) in Wisconsin Dells. 
Southwestern Wisconsin: Peck's Farm Market East (pecksfarmmarketeast.com
Southeastern Wisconsin: Lake Geneva Animal Gardens (animalgardens.com)
Norther Wisconsin: Wilderness Walk Zoo and Recreation Park (wildernesswalkhaywardwi.com)