Wisconsin Deer News

Albino white-tailed deer sacred and untouchable in Wisconsin - August 29, 2015


Eau Claire, Commission OKs urban deer hunting plan August 27, 2015 Wisconsin, Eau Claire Leader
... opened to bowhunting and winter sharpshooting, among other urban deer management steps. ... Putnam Park ... has an estimated 103 deer per square mile. The optimal number is between 25 and 30, said John Dunn, a retired state Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist ... 

State Deer Management Assistance Program Seeing Growth August 26, 2015 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Ag Connection ·
... Wisconsin Deer Management Assistance Program ... provides habitat and herd management assistance to private landowners and public land managers interested in improving habitat conditions for deer and other wildlife... 

Man sentenced for poaching 13 deer from refuge August 24, 2015 Wisconsin, KARE
...  Michael Walz confessed to killing and transporting 13 deer illegally in 2014. He will pay court costs and fees totaling nearly $3,200, perform 80 hours of community service and cannot enter Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge or Sand Dunes State Forest during a two year probationary period ...

State releases 23 elk in Jackson County August 24, 2015 Wisconsin, Ashland Daily Press
... For the first time since the 1800s, elk can be found roaming free in the Black River State Forest.  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources released the 23 elk ... during the quarantine period, in which seven elk died and four calves were born... "In the little town of Clam Lake in northern Wisconsin where we put elk, they estimate that brings in probably $200,000 to that local community a year," ...

Eau Claire, Report suggests deer hunting at city well field, Putnam Park  August 22, 2015 Wisconsin, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
... a biologist’s recommendation that two areas of public land be opened to bowhunting and winter sharpshooting ... Fieber encouraged residents to attend Wednesday’s commission meeting to give their reactions to the report...

Tracking the decline of Minnesota’s moose population August 21, 2015 Wisconsin, Ames Tribune
... Over the past decade, the state’s herd has dropped roughly 60 percent, from a high of approximately 8,840 animals in 2006 to 2,760 in 2013. This year’s aerial survey by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources put the number of moose in the state at 3,450...
... in violation of quarantines imposed to manage the spread of chronic wasting disease ... She said she was not aware of the quarantine when she donated Prancer — a 4-year-old reindeer she raised  after purchasing it from a "reindeer seller" — to a nearby private sanctuary for lions and tigers... 

... Park rangers believe the buck jumped off a 60-foot cliff before getting stuck in the popular sea caves below... " ... I talk and do deer calls, and later he just calmed down a little," ... swimming right by my kayak ...

Follow Illinois, not Wisconsin, to slow spreading CWD August 19, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Although the Wisconsin DNR initially attempted to eradicate the disease with aggressive measures, including sharpshooters and longer hunting seasons, it now uses only monitoring and surveillance... Novakofski said after Wisconsin officials changed their strategy, the CWD prevalence rates increased ...

Animal abuse can lead to more serious crimes August 17, 2015 Wisconsin, The Oshkosh Northwestern
...  the illegal “thrill killing” of 15 deer near Green Lake reminds us that Wisconsin can do more to prevent the illegal killing of wildlife... Animal abuse committed by young people is a serious threat and it is often a precursor to violent crimes against people...

... here’s a head-scratcher the Department of Natural Resources can’t explain: The crossbow kill in the DNR’s “northern forest” region was 4,446, nearly equal the kill in the “southern farmland” region, 4,676. Meanwhile, among regular archers, the northern-forest kill (5,160) was roughly a third of the southern farmland kill (14,723)...

Deer still alive on farm hit by CWD August 11, 2015 Wisconsin, Eau Claire Leader
... after chronic wasting disease was found at a Fairchild game farm, those ... 280 deer won’t be put down until federal agricultural officials come up with the money to compensate the game farm owner ... Two bucks that escaped from the farm remain at large ...

DNR says Minnesota wolf population remains stable August 10, 2015 Duluth News Tribune
... the 2015 survey showed an estimated 2,221 wolves in 374 packs across the northern half of the state. That’s down about 8 percent from the 2014 estimate ... When prey declines ... typically means fewer packs and each utilizing a larger territory to meet nutritional demands ...

Crossbows becoming big part of hunting seasons August 7, 2015 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... Wisconsin’s first crossbow season for white-tailed deer helped generate a record archery buck kill of 46,201 and a record 275,417 licensed bowhunters in 2014.  Of that buck kill, regular archers accounted for 30,433 (66 percent) and crossbow hunters 15,768 (34 percent)...

Deer baiting, feeding ban in effect for Jackson County August 6, 2015 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune 
... Jackson County is now among a list where it’s prohibited to bait or feed deer following the discovery of a CWD-positive doe nearby...The 7-year-old doe died on the farm in June ...

Operation Deer Watch ends Sept. 30 August 5, 2015 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune 
... To get involved, record all bucks, does and fawns seen during the day from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30. ... For more information

Changes made to road kill law August 3, 2015 Wisconsin, WQOW TV News 18
...  It is no longer necessary to tag deer hit by cars, according to a new road kill law...

Ripon man goes to jail in deer ‘thrill killing’ case August 3, 2015 Wisconsin, The Northwestern
... the "thrill killing" of 15 deer during the closing weekend of the 2014 gun deer hunting season will serve six months in jail and lose his hunting privileges for 12 years ...

Grant J. Boese, 19, 1696 Tews Road, Ripon, is sentenced Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, for his role in the "thrill killing" of several whitetail deer in 2014 in the Green Lake area. - Wisconsin



Ashwaubenon could OK deer hunts in parks August 2, 2015 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette
... The village has adopted a plan to allow deer hunting at three locations in 2016 — if bow hunting on private property this year cannot thin the existing herd. The 12-page document maps out a plan ...

... The Wildlife Action Plan is required to remain eligible for the federal State Wildlife Grants Program, which provides federal grant funds for native wild animals, including species not hunted or fished. Funds must be used to benefit species of greatest conservation need and their habitats as described in each state's plan. The plan includes voluntary actions that can be used to guide restoration and rare species management... comment by August, 21, 2015

Put your deer observations to use with Operation Deer Watch July 28, 2015 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
     .. In an ongoing effort to include public input in deer management, and to effectively monitor and evaluate Wisconsin's deer herd, the Department of Natural Resources is continuing its annual citizen-science survey, Operation Deer Watch.  The data from the public provides insight to the reproductive status of Wisconsin's deer herd for 2015. The number of bucks, does and fawns seen are indicators of annual deer herd production.
     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 available at dnr.wi.gov, keyword "deer watch." ...

New CWD report gives hunters food for thought July 22, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... The 2002 discovery of chronic wasting disease in wild white-tailed deer near Mt. Horeb was a watershed event in Wisconsin wildlife history... researchers from Case Western Reserve University presented ... results indicate that the CWD prion has the potential to infect human (central nervous system) ...

... While officials worry about the impact of Bayfield County's current deer population on forests, hunters in the region have expressed concern over the health of the deer herd after numbers declined from highs seen in 2009, according to Wisconsin DNR Wildlife Biologist Todd Naas....

A glimpse of the big buck July 18, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... Decked out in their red coats of summer, the animals glow like neon against a backdrop of green vegetation... Summer is high season for deer sightings.  It's a time when bucks, without the pressure of fighting and breeding, often form bachelor groups and travel together. Since they haven't been hunted for months, they are also more prone to travel and feed during daylight...
 
Escaped Captive Deer on the loose in Eau Claire County July 14, 2015 Wisconsin, WDNR News
     The state Department of Natural Resources is requesting the help of residents of Fairchild and Augusta and the surrounding areas to be on the lookout for two escaped ear-tagged captive white-tailed deer from a local captive deer facility. On June 24 the Department of Agriculture, Trade, & Consumer Protection [PDF] announced a captive white-tailed deer from a breeding farm in Eau Claire County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
     In early May, the farm owner reported that multiple captive bucks escaped the facility when a tree fell on the fence causing a breach. Most of the escaped bucks were recovered with two still remaining out on the landscape. "We need landowners and the public to be on the lookout for any deer that appear to have an ear tag. These captive escapes are a potential health risk to the local wild deer herd and should be removed from the landscape," said DNR wildlife biologist Bill Hogseth... If it is after hours, or a biologist isn't available please contact the department's hotline at 1-800-847-9367.

Deer at farm get death sentence July 6, 2015 Wisconsin, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram 
... about 167 deer at a deer farm at Fairchild where a doe was discovered last month to have chronic wasting disease will be killed soon and tested for the illness ... since 2003, when authorities began testing for CWD, it has been found on 11 captive deer herds in the state...

Deer feeding, baiting to be banned in 3 more counties July 4, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
...  a doe at an Eau Claire County deer farm tested positive last month for chronic wasting disease... State law requires a ban on feeding deer and hunting deer over bait in counties within a 10-mile radius of where a CWD-positive animal is found.  Since CWD was discovered in Wisconsin in 2002, the ban has spread to 38 counties...

Questions raised about security at deer farm where CDC was found July 3, 2015 Wisconsin, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
... a deer farm near Fairchild where a 7-year-old doe recently tested positive for chronic wasting disease, said he saw a deer in his front yard in April with an ear-tag ... The farm reported the escape of 20 bucks in mid-May ...

Fawns natural defenses June 26, 2015 Wisconsin, Sheboygan Pres
... White-tailed deer many times leave their fawns alone but that doesn't mean the fawns are in any trouble. The defense mechanism for the fawn is to lay still to blend in so predators can't see them...

Eau Claire County deer positive for chronic wasting disease June 24, 2015 Wisconsin, Channel3000.com 
... the doe was among 167 animals on a breeding farm....

Examining lawmakers behind cuts to DNR June 12, 2015 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, said ... the "bigger issue" is that recommendations from the DNR's science bureau helped crash the Northwoods deer herd. When asked whether poor habitat and overpopulated herds 10 years ago played larger roles, Tiffany conceded that "a combination of things probably happened ...

Eau Claire's deer question June 12, 2015 Wisconsin, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
... Some residents might not mind — maybe even take great joy — in looking out their window to see deer using their backyard as a buffet. However, a few homeowners who spoke out at city meetings attested to deer destroying their prized gardens, berry bushes and apple trees...

... Tiffany says he’s most concerned about the time and money the science bureau has funneled into studying Chronic Wasting Disease – CWD – that has plagued the state’s deer herd.  “There’s been $45 million spent on CWD research ... they weren’t successful ...

Fox11
...  They found a deer in Lake Winnebago, about a half mile off shore... The deer was exhausted and did not struggle against  ... Watch on Facebook

Environmental Factors Influencing White-Tailed Deer  ... Shelli Dubay ... Plos One ... 2015
... White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) are commonly exposed to disease agents that affect livestock but environmental factors that predispose deer to exposure are unknown ... Deer had evidence of exposure to PI3 (24.7%), IBR (7.9%), Leptospira interrogans serovar pomona (11.7%), L. i. bratislava (1.0%), L. i. grippotyphosa (2.5%) and L. i. hardjo (0.3%). Deer did not demonstrate exposure to L. interrogans serovars canicola and icterohaemorrhagiae...

... as does search for places to give birth and young deer separate from their mothers.  With this increased activity, drivers may encounter more deer darting into the paths of their vehicles without warning...

State, region losing battle against CWD May 29, 2015 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette
... biologist Gary Alt ...  speaking at the National Deer Alliance "summit meetings"  ... wondered rhetorically if deer would still be on the landscape in two centuries. "What happens between now and then?" Alt said. "The jury's still out. But we shouldn't assume anything about CWD's long-term impacts on the species." ...

Peak of Fawning Season May 28, 2015 Wisconsin, WDNR News
... We're right at the peak of the deer fawning season with most fawns born between mid-May and early June. Please remember, a lone fawn is not abandoned. Fawns are scent-free this time of year and a does' defense mechanism is to keep the fawns hidden so predators don't find them. The mother will come back to feed hidden fawns every few hours. If you see a fawn in the wild, don't touch it - leave it alone and back out of the area slowly...

DNR Board approves 2015 deer harvest quotas May 27, 2015 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Wisconsin.gov
... In 2015, 13 management units will not have an antlerless quota, while the rest of Wisconsin will have a quota of 224,735 antlerless deer. The issuance of bonus deer hunting permits, in addition to free farmland zone tags, will include 18,450 tags valid on public access lands and 125,375 valid on private lands. Antlerless deer harvest quota and deer season framework [PDF].

Hearing the howl of the wolves May 26, 2015 Wisconsin, Post-Crescen Media 
... researchers documented that in the 1996-1997 winter, 125,894 deer were harvested by rifle and bow hunters, a staggering 70,000 deer were estimated to die by harsh winter conditions, an estimated 10,000 deer died as a result of motor vehicles, leaving only an estimated 2,250 to 2,700 deer consumed by wolves...

Eau Claire, Urban deer causing issues in Eau Claire May 26, 2015 Wisconsin, WEAU 13 NEWS
... As a first step, Dunn says a deer count was done. He says the results show over 300 deer within city limits... Mitchell says possible solutions to be discussed will include educational options, like teaching the public to not feed deer, as well as discussing hunting possibilities to cull the deer herd...

... a bill next week that would legalize blaze pink for deer hunters... designed to encourage women to become hunters ...

Five relocated elk die from tick-borne illness May 21, 2015 Wisconsin, Jacksoncountychronicle
.... Nearly a fifth of the first elk brought to Jackson County this spring died from a tick-borne illness ...  The ultimate goal is to have about 1,400 elk up north and another 390 in Jackson County...

County deer quotas up for board approval May 16, 2015 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... Based on recommendations from the County Deer Advisory Councils, it is proposed that there would be 13 units without an antlerless quota and a quota for the rest of the state of 224,735 antlerless whitetails...

DNR: City can’t require permits for hunting on private land May 15, 2015 Wisconsin, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
... A city of Eau Claire requirement that hunters obtain permits to bowhunt in the city violates a 2013 state law, a state Department of Natural Resources official said...

Elk Returning to Ho-Chunk Lands a Century After Being Driven Out May 14, 2015 Wisconsin, Indian Country Today Media Network
... all of the animals remaining in the acclimation pen in Black River Falls State Forest will be released on-site, the intent is also to release animals that will intermingle with the Clam Lake herd in future years. Kentucky will provide all of the animals ... Kentucky received the animals that formed the foundation of its herd, now numbering 10,000 animals, in partnership ...

City defies DNR on deer law May 13, 2015 Wisconsin, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
... The Eau Claire City Council defied the state Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday by not repealing local urban bowhunting regulations... the council’s 5-3 vote was preceded with criticism that the state was “blackmailing” Eau Claire...

DNR Seeks Citizens for Sporting Heritage Council May 13, 2015 Wisconsin, WJJQ 
...  the group mainly focuses on recruitment, retention and increasing access to resources and outdoor opportunities.  The two current openings would represent fishing and deer ...

5 elk brought from Kentucky to Jackson Co. dead May 11, 2015 Wisconsin, News 8000
... The DNR says the animals died of a disease caused by parasites spread by ticks ... State wildlife officials presume the elk were bitten by ticks after their arrival in Wisconsin ...

Winter provided a reprieve to wild animals May 9, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... The average Winter Severity Index at 33 stations in the northern part of the state was 49, or mild, for the monitoring period that ended April 30.  In 2013-'14, the same stations reported an average of 149, or very severe... Reports of deer fawns being born were received last week from several sites ...

Wisconsin Conservation Congress could use wakeup call May 9, 2015 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... Attendance averaged 6,575 in the 1970s, 5,737 in the 1980s, 7,783 in the 1990s, and 7,081 in the 2000s. At the current 5,588, this decade is lagging the 1990s average by 28 percent ...

New alliance aims to ensure future of deer May 9, 2015 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... National Deer Alliance ... Mahoney predicted ... that hunters alone won't be able to ensure the future of muleys and whitetails.  "We'll need legions of people to be involved if we hope to make individuals do the right thing," Mahoney said. "Right now, conservation doesn't matter to many people in our countries....

Electronic deer and bear registrations gaining popularity May 7, 2015 Wisconsin, WSAU News
... MacFarland says the state will also cut costs by reducing workload in maintaining all the registration stations. He also says this will help the DNR gather data on the hunts much quicker ...

Electronic deer and bear registration will provide additional convenience to hunters while keeping time-honored traditions alive April 28, 2015 Wiscon, WDNR
     After a successful 2014 pilot program, deer and bear hunters in Wisconsin will be able to electronically register their harvest during 2015 hunting seasons.  Electronic registration will provide additional convenience and reduced cost for hunters and will also give the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources instantaneous access to harvest data. Electronic registration is currently in use for Wisconsin's turkey and goose hunting seasons, and agencies in other states have reported high hunter satisfaction through electronic registration for deer and other big game...

Dead deer remain DNR's responsibility April 24, 2015 Wsiconsin, Superior Telegram
... Gov. Scott Walker's budget would have deleted funding for DNR's Car-Killed Deer program, and to hear the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau describe it, the consequences could have been ugly...

... proposal to limit the amount of antlerless bonus tags for the upcoming deer season at its meeting on Tuesday ... designed to help increase the deer herd in the county by an estimated 23 percent...

... The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources would maintain responsibility for picking up the carcasses of deer hit by motorists under a Wednesday vote by the Joint Finance Committee... 

... The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Wisconsin officials who want to keep in place a decades-old ruling that bars Chippewa tribes from hunting deer at night...
      U.S. Supreme Court rejects state appeal on tribal night time deer hunt April 20, 2015 Wisconsin, WSAU News
... The justices' decision means that Madison Federal Judge Barbara Crabb will have to re-open her 1991 decision which upheld the night time ban...

... The new proposed quota could increase deer populations. Hunters in the eastern part of the county would be allowed to take 10 percent fewer anterless deer... On the western side of Eau Claire County, the quota would be reduced by 5 percent ...

Columbia County needs 2 deer management zones April 17, 2015 Wisconsin, WisNews
... Deer tend to be scarcer in the county’s southern tier of towns, dominated by cultivated farmland, and more abundant in the northern tier, where there are plenty of woodlands and marshes for deer habitat.  That’s why Murphy — who is also chairman of the Columbia County Conservation Congress — wants to divide the county into two parts ...

Wisconsin's War on Deer Management – Part 2 April 15, 2015 Outdoor Channel
 ... predation has been the number one source of fawn mortality in the Northwoods. Survival has varied from a low of 22 percent to a high of 52 percent. At those lower survival rates, you can see why deer herds are not replenished ... In the Farmland region ... the number one cause was starvation and/or abandonment. However, the survival rate did not vary nearly as much in the Farmland region as in the Northwoods, ranging from 58 percent to 62 percent...

Chippewa County, Fish, deer stand proposals dominate tame spring hearings April 14, 2015 Wisconsin, Chippewa Herald
...  Chippewa County Deer Advisory Council chairman Jim Morning gave a brief presentation talking about the organization’s upcoming April 21 meeting and clarifying CDAC’s recommendation to eliminate bonus antlerless tags on public land in Chippewa County in an effort to increase the overall deer herd....

Oh deer — a look at the Milwaukee Bucks new logo April 14, 2015 Wisconsin, Sporting News 
... A change such as this is always accompanied by marketing-speak, but the really significant thing here is the fact that team has cribbed Alice Cooper’s famous explanation of Milwaukee’s name from the 1992 movie “Wayne’s World.” ...

... the Monday, April 13, DNR/Conservation Congress annual election and vote on governing our commons, it is the elections that hold the power... This political process that provides citizen input into natural resource decision-making has been hidden and obscured from the nonhunting public and has served only one segment of citizens since its inception 88 years ago: hunters. 

State not doing enough about CWD April 10, 2015 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune
... Michael Samuel, a University of Wisconsin-Madison associate professor of wildlife ecology who studies CWD, said in a telephone interview Monday that there has been “very little” research funding from DNR. ... If the spread of the disease continues, he said, the disease, which is always fatal, will reduce the deer herd in Wisconsin...

... the DNR has come under the budget knife. Among other changes and position cuts, the agency’s science bureau faces a 30 percent reduction in staff...  “Long-term data sets are so incredibly rare ...“And now a lot of that monitoring, such as with the deer herd, is up in the air.”  ... Timothy Van Deelen, a University of Wisconsin ecologist ...

... the possible dismantling of the bureau and a reorganization that would move researchers into other agency divisions... Researchers in the bureau conduct studies on everything from deer populations and deer health to the spread of invasive species ...

...  Despite sampling the second-lowest number of deer in Wisconsin’s 14-year CWD-testing program in 2014, the DNR documented a record 6.1-percent disease rate, as 329 of 5,414 tested whitetails carried the fatal brain disease... To see how CWD is growing and spreading, go to http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/prevalence.html

... To determine the causes of deer mortality, he conducted research and found that wolves accounted for less than 5 percent of adult deer deaths in a given year.  Furthermore, his research suggested wolves are “opportunistic predators,” typically only preying on juveniles or weak individuals.  The presence of wolves on the landscape does have an ecological impact. Van Deelen said deer eat less vegetation in areas where there are more wolves, and deer eat more vegetation in areas with fewer wolves...

Bill would sunset CWD deer feeding bans in Wisconsin April 1, 2015 Wisconsin Radio Network
... The bill from state Representative Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) would allow counties with CWD to resume feeding the animals after three years if no new cases turn up...

Deer disease keeps worsening in Wisconsin, as predicted March 31, 2015 wisconsinwatch.org
...  In the 2014 season, which ended March 31, more than 6 percent of the roughly 5,400 deer tested were positive, a DNR tally shows. That’s an all-time high disease rate; as recently as 2008, it was below 2 percent... the disease rate among adult male deer has reached 40 percent in north-central Iowa County and around 25 percent in two other sectors...

Don’t blame wolves for problems humans create March 29, 2015 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune
... Wolves are being blamed for the decline in deer ... Each wolf eats approximately 20 deer a year, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. In Wisconsin there are approximately 630 wolves. Hunters killed 200,000 deer in the two-week gun season. That doesn’t include other seasons or bow season. Then add 40,000 deer killed by cars. Do the math...

Elk from Kentucky have reached their new home near Black River Falls! March 27, 2015 Wisconsin, WDNR News
     Elk from Kentucky have reached their new home near Black River Falls, Wis. in the first year of elk reintroduction efforts in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and a number of other key partners.  In all, 26 elk were transported to Jackson County after completing a 45-day quarantine period in Kentucky as part of a five-year agreement between Wisconsin and Kentucky that will provide Wisconsin with up to 150 wild elk. In 2015, all elk will be released in Jackson County, while future years will see animals released in both Jackson County and Clam Lake.
     Special precautions are being taken to help make sure elk received from Kentucky become accustomed to their new home in Jackson County. A seven acre acclimation pen has been built within the Black River State Forest near Black River Falls, Wis., and all elk brought to Jackson County from Kentucky will be held in the pen for a minimum of 75 days to satisfy health testing requirements and allow the elk to become familiar with their new surroundings....

Chippewa County, CDAC recommends cut to public county antlerless bonus tags March 26, 2015 Wisconsin, Chippewa Herald
...The council recommended at its meeting at the Chippewa County Courthouse to reduce allotted deer tags in an effort to increase the county’s deer population... In 2014 the county deer kill declined by roughly 21 percent. That came a year after the total kill dropped more than 6 percent in 2013...

Program provides unique land management opportunity March 24, 2015 Wisconsin, Appleton Post Crescent
...landowners interested in managing their land for a number of wildlife and plant species through young forest habitat creation are encouraged to contact the Wisconsin Young Forest Partnership... Many wildlife species in Wisconsin rely upon young forest habitat, including ruffed grouse, turkey, white-tailed deer ...

Douglas County Deer council discusses wolves March 24, 2015 Wisconsin, Superior Telegram
... Audience members remained civil but criticized the Department of Natural Resources for underestimating the impact of gray wolves and for allowing the predators to increase unchecked.  In Gordon and Wascott, they said, deer camps are dissolving and hunters are giving up because wolves have driven deer numbers to record lows...

Lincoln County Deer Advisory Council Meets Tonight March 23, 2015 Wisconsin, WJJQ
... During the second half of March, County Deer Advisory Councils across the state are meeting to form preliminary anterless deer quotas and permit level recommendations...

Council recommends zero antlerless quota in 2015 March 22, 2015 Wisconsin, Hayward WI
... The low deer herd in the county, approximately under 14,000 (typically the herd population has been closer to 25,000), was the primary reason for recommending no antlerless tags, as happened in 2014... also recommended increasing the take of deer predators ...  removing baiting during all deer hunts as a way to encourage deer to disperse versus congregate, when the animals are more vulnerable to predators and hunters...

Yearling buck kills alter state's deer herd March 21, 2015 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... Yearling bucks made up 61 percent of Wisconsin's antlered-deer kill in 2013, ranking state hunters dead last in the nation for passing up 18-month-old males ... By shooting so many juvenile bucks, Wisconsin hunters prevent deer herds from producing well-balanced age structures and buck-to-doe ratios...

Man uses truck to run down deer March 20, 2015 Wisconsin, Chippewa Herald 
...  intentionally running into a nine-point buck with Burich’s Chevrolet truck in 2013. And that wasn’t the only time ... Burich talked about running down deer as the easiest way to hunt ...

Deer Advisory Council to meet Tuesday March 15, 2015 Wisconsin, WisNews 
... Each CDAC will help determine antlerless tag availability for the 2015 deer hunting season through preliminary antlerless quota recommendations. Antlerless quotas will be reviewed and adjusted annually....

Shed Deer Antlers a Buried Treasure March 15, 2015 Wisconsin, Valley News
... Like thousands — perhaps millions — across North America, we were hunting for shed deer antlers... Shed hunting is close to the perfect outdoor activity. You learn the land and gain insights into animal behavior. It provides low-impact exercise and lots of fresh air...

CWD news downright scary; DNR hoping no one will notice March 13, 2015 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune 
... Despite sampling the second-lowest number of deer in Wisconsin’s 14-year CWD-testing program, state wildlife officials documented a record 6.1 percent disease rate for 5,414 tests in 2014. ...  a region covering northwestern Dane and northeastern Iowa counties has disease rates of 25 percent for adult bucks (2½ years and older) ...

Mild winter predicts healthy deer survival March 13, 2015 Wisconsin, The Northwoods River News
... Last year's winter was devastating to the deer herd in the Northern Forest Zone... he 2014-15 winter appears to be much more mild ... "We're hearing that deer are looking pretty good and are out feeding in fields," ...

Eau Claire, Tallies totaled from city's deer counting task March 10, 2015 Wisconsin, WQOW
...  counted 307 deer inside city limits while on a helicopter a few weeks ago... the last time a count was done in 1993. At that time,175 deer were spotted...   a public meeting in Eau Claire in about a month ...

More than 6500 deer taken on K/D Peninsula March 8, 2015 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... Nearly 3,200 antlered bucks were registered, 1,906 in Door and 1,284 in KC... The antlerless count was 1,966 in Door and 1,377 in Kewaunee County...

Educating hunters is the best deer management March 8, 2015 Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Reporter
...  Deer reached peak numbers in the late 1990s and early 2000s... a lot of deer decline was a planned effort. Winter has been a factor ... habitat is changing up north. More forest is growing older, supporting fewer deer than young forests ...

Data shows impact of Dcrossbows on 2014 deer hunt March 7, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Deer hunters using crossbows in Wisconsin last year had a slightly higher success rate and were older than those using vertical bows... hunters killed 304,289 deer in Wisconsin in 2014, down 11% from 2013. The 2014 bow harvest (including vertical bows and crossbows) was 81,701, down 7%. Total deer hunting license sales, too, were down by 17,150, or 2%...

Shed deer antlers a buried treasure in snow March 7, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... Bucks still holding antlers in Wisconsin will drop them in the coming days and weeks. And as the snow recedes, it will be prime time for shed searchers...

    Deer population objectives in each county have been approved for a three-year period, and County Deer Advisory Councils will meet for the first time in 2015 beginning March 16.  CDAC meetings are open to the public, and input is encouraged as councils form preliminary deer harvest quota recommendations for the 2015 deer season.  In 2014, each council proposed a population objective (increase, decrease or maintain) for their county's deer herd... The public is encouraged to attend each meeting and provide input. Those unable to attend meetings can send feedback directly to CDAC members in their county. For contact and meeting information in your county [PDF], search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov for keyword CDAC page or email DNRCDACWebMail@Wisconsin.gov. An online public comment period will begin in April...

... Within the Southwest Wisconsin monitoring area, encompassing Northwestern Dane and Northeastern Iowa counties, prevalence was found to be 25 percent for adult (2.5+ years-old) male white-tailed deer, over 10 percent for adult female deer, roughly 8 percent in yearling males, and nearly 7 percent in yearling females.  According to Ryan, prevalence continues to increase within the department's long-term monitoring area in Southwest Wisconsin ...

Read the Wisconsin Deer Report from 2012.  Read the Proposal to Implement Recommendations based on the report from September, 2013.  The final recommendations




Wisconsin Data: In 2014 an estimated 1,182,000 white-tailed deer, 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 (worst in 20 years) have reduced deer populations. For 2015 WDNR eliminated anterless tags in 13 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.  Deer harvest down about 15.5 percent in 2014.
    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. About 650,000 deer licenses sold annually. Hunter success in 2000 was 76 percent, about 37 percent from 1966 to 2009; 40 percent in 2013, 31 percent in 2014. In 2015 there were 458 deer farms in the state.
     Two deer in Marathon County tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in 2014.  Since 2008, CWD has been detected in 35 counties in deer or elk.  CWD was first discovered in 2001 in Dane County.
     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.
    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.  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 millioin pre-hunt in 1990.  down to 1 million in 1993.  License sales peaked at 699,275 in 1990.  By 1993 the pre-hunt population is estimated at one million.  In 2000 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
    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.
    Elk  About 160 elk in 2014, near Clam Lake in Ashland County. The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point brought in 25 Michigan elk in 1995.  Elk were hunted to extinction in the 1800's. 
   Wolf 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.  From 40,000 to 50,000 coyotes, many of which contain wolf DNA.  
    Bear  About 20,000 bears.

 - 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
Operation Deer Watch - volunteers collecting data for DNR
- Archived Public Chats with DNR related to deer management
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"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 "The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is asking for your help in monitoring the relative abundance and distribution of deer and other mammalian/avian wildlife species in the state....Since deer hunters often spend many quiet observation hours in the woods, you can provide valuable information about species that are often very difficult to measure. Past efforts in Wisconsin and other states (Ohio, Iowa and Missouri) have provided wildlife agencies with valuable information for managing many wildlife species.

WISCONSIN'S DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM Bureau of Integrated Science Services, at 608-266-0531 for more information. ... tion goals for sections of the state called deer management units.
Deer Rehabilitation Policy - WDNR June 7, 2011 Information about deer rehabilitation in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan
White-tailed deer research projects
 
Petting Zoos With Deer in Wisconsin Central Wisconsin: Wisconsin Deer Park (wisdeerpark.com) in Wisconsin Dells; Here is a review from Tripadvisory.com: I go to this every year, I went multiple times on my last visit. I absolutely LOVE this place! You get one on one with deer! I love animals and nature. And being with them is just amazing. And even though it's in the city part of the Dells you don't really hear outside noise when you're there. It's really peaceful and fun. Definitely check this out if you love deer and other animals.
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)















 

Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2014 Dr. Kroll - November 7, 2014