Wisconsin Deer News

...  set a three-year county population objective at “increasing” the herd... The decision to “increase” was largely driven by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources historical bagging data revealing 3,600 deer taken in 2006 to 2,400 in 2013, a noticeable decline...

Hunting season delivers big bang for the bucks October 22, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Some claim that Wisconsin's deer hunting season contributes more than $1 billion to the economy through spending on things such as gas for the pickup truck, food and beverages, firearms, ammo, lodging, a new trailer, hunting property or land access fees... that figure could be overstated ... 600,000 hunters ... has an enormous financial impact...

2014 Wolf Hunting Season is Moving Quickly October 22, 2014 Wisconsin, WSAW
... "The wolves are good for the environment. Because the wolves keep the deer herds moving. There's different plants coming back, which makes different birds come to the area, because the deer can't keep over browsing," ... 

Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey October 21, 2014 Wisconsin, DNR News
     Check out some of the numbers so far: Since the start of the bow season on September 13th, 1,729 hunting trips have been entered. On average, hunters spend 4 hours per tripand have rated the weather as a ‘7’ (with 1=worst 10=best). Hunters reported seeing nearly800 bucks, 2,100 does and 1,400 fawns. In addition to recording deer, hunters also reported seeing a fair number of wild turkeys (2,440), ruffed grouse (275), raccoons (295), and bears (91).  New to the Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey? Starting is easy by clicking the Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey link here. The survey runs until January 2015, all participants who enter an email address will receive a personalized report at the end of the season detailing their recorded hunts and wildlife observations. 

Big Changes in Store for Deer Registration October 19, 2014 Wisconsin, WSAW-TV 
... "The internet system seems to be pretty flawless," DNR Big Game Ecologist Kevin Wallenfang said. "It's very quick for people..." ... some registration stations are concerned that with the convenience of the new changes, less hunters may be walking through their doors. ...

Chippewa County deer advisory meeting set for Oct. 28 October 19, 2014 Wisconsin, Chippewa Herald ·
...  in Room 003 of the Chippewa County Courthouse at 7 p.m.  The public is encouraged to attend ...

      Before heading into the woods this deer season, be sure to check out updated deer management unit and deer management zone [PDF] maps to learn more about Wisconsin's new simplified deer hunting regulations.  It is important to remember that Marinette County is a split management unit, with separate antlerless permits designated for the Northern Forest Zone and Central Farmland Zone portions of the county....

Marinette County Deer Advisory Council Second Meeting October 28 Oct. 16, 2014  Peshtigo Times October 16, 2014 Wisconsin, Deer population
... Deer population objectives for Marinette County during the next three years will be the main topic of discussion at the second County Deer Advisory Council meeting being held this fall at Wausaukee High School Auditorium, on Oct. 28th at 7 pm. ...

Cashing In on crossbows and big bucks October 15, 2014 Wisconsin, WBAY
... close to 70 percent of hunters coming into his studio harvested their deer with a crossbow, legal for the first time this year for any hunter ...  more than 52,000 hunters purchased a crossbow license so far this season...

... The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is currently revising two key conservation plans - the Wildlife Action Plan and Fish, Wildlife, and Habitat Management Plan [PDF]. Through completion of an online questionnaire, the public can give the department valuable input regarding Wisconsin's fish and wildlife resources management... To complete the survey, click here

... "Although consumption of deer has increased as the wolf population has grown, wolves are not driving deer numbers down to dangerous levels," the biologist says. "The biggest factor that affects our deer herd are winters and the hunting [season] harvest.” ... we have 600 or 700 in late winter ...

Update of state land-cover map to help figure deer range October 11, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
...  work is underway to update the state's land cover map. Called WISCLAND 2 ... The project was among the items recommended in the 2012 Wisconsin White-tailed Deer Trustees Report.  Deer range is determined in large part by the type of vegetation and land use found in an area... 

Shot in the dark: Night deer hunt decision raises questions October 10, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Appeals Judge Richard Posner in the ruling Thursday said the panel was convinced night hunting for deer in the ceded territory "is unlikely to create a serious safety problem."  The Chippewa tribes in Wisconsin would use night deer hunting regulations very similar to those approved in Michigan and Minnesota...
     Court rules in favor of tribes seeking night deer hunting October 9, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... The decision ... sends the case back to District Court in Madison... At least four states — Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington —allow night deer hunting by tribal members....

Third deer tests positive for CWD at Rosholt deer farm October 8, 2014 Wisconsin, WSAU News 
...  "This was found on a hunting preserve, this is the same preserve that's had two previous positives over the last year and a half or so ... 

Third deer positive for CWD in Marathon County October 7, 2014 Wisconsin, The Stevens Point Journal 
... The 5-year-old buck from Wilderness Whitetails hunting preserve near Eland was diagnosed Sept. 9 ... The state imposed a five-year quarantine on Wilderness Whitetails hunting preserve and its three affiliated game farms ... [CWD Chronic Wasting Disease]

October shows important progress for early deer hunting seasons and public participation October 7, 2014 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
... Through new County Deer Advisory Councils, the public has an opportunity to work with a diverse group of stakeholders to help manage the state's deer herd. With a council in each county, these newly formed bodies encourage more public input on deer management issues and give stakeholders a greater responsibility in managing local deer numbers... Councils are currently in the process of developing recommendations ... visit the CDAC page of the DNR website for the full list of county meeting locations and dates. Many county councils have vacant seats, and the public is welcome to apply. To complete an application , those interested can view the list of councils [PDF]and see if their county has open seats. An application [PDF]and frequently asked questions [PDF] ...

Hayward WI
... To make citizens/hunters a real player in the deer management equation, in 2014 the state established County Deer Advisory Councils ... Three other appointed members, representing tourism, transportation, hunt/conservation, were not present. The urban members seat has not been filled... Only five members of the public were present...

DNR seeks volunteers to join deer goal-setting teams October 7, 2014 Wisconsin, southernminn.com
...People interested in helping the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources establish deer population goals for large portions of northeastern, north-central and east-central Minnesota can apply online at www.dnr.state.mn.us/mammals/deer/mgmt.html. ...Goal-setting blocks consist of multiple deer permit areas that have been grouped by habitat type...

Second Deer Council meeting is Oct. 21 October 5, 2014 Wisconsin,  WisNews
... Deer population objectives for Dodge County during the next three years will be the main topic of discussion at the second County Deer Advisory Council meeting ... Citizens are encouraged to attend their CDAC’s October meeting and provide comments to the council.... Many county councils have vacant seats ...

County deer groups seek management goals October 2, 2014 Wisconsin, Outdoor News
... The first round of county deer advisory council meetings is nearing completion throughout each of the 72 counties in Wisconsin. The gatherings will collect public opinion and offer the DNR advice and suggestions on local deer populations, antlerless quotas, and season options... As recently as 2007, 5,468 deer were shot in the county, now down by more than 50 percent to 2,609 in 2013...

Operation Deer Watch Closing, Still Time to Submit  September 30, 2014 Wisconsin, WDNR News
It's not too late to submit your Operation Deer Watch observations.  Two months ago the Wisconsin DNR asked for the public’s help to estimate the reproductive status of the deer herd by reporting observations of does, fawns and bucks. Operation Deer Watch survey ends today, Sept. 30 but wildlife watchers have until Oct. 17 to report their deer observations. Observations can be reported by going to the Wisconsin DNR homepage and keyword search "deer watch"

... “The decisions on the direction of the deer population has never had an opportunity for such public input in the state of Wisconsin,” ... 



DNR says deer feeding ban still will be enforced September 25, 2014 Wisconsin, Spooner Advocate 
... A ban on feeding white-tailed deer in Barron, Burnett, Polk, and Washburn counties – which was implemented May 10, 2012, due to the discovery of chronic wasting disease in a wild white-tailed deer on private land in Washburn County ...

‘Bambi went home': Deer rescue caught on dash cam September 24, 2014 Wisconsin, Fox11 
... A thunderstorm didn’t stop two police officers from freeing a fawn that was stuck in a soccer net – and a police dashboard camera caught the whole thing....

Town of Menasha (WI) police officers rescue a fawn that was stuck in a soccer net during a thunderstorm. - September 24, 2014



... he biggest change is that the old deer management units, (DMUs) are gone, except for a few metro units. Those old DMUs will be replaced with a separate county by county system. Gone also will be antlerless quotas, State Park Management, and taking their place will be four large deer management zones ...

Hunters met with the DNR Monday night in Suamico to begin crafting a deer management plan for Brown County, - September 22, 2014


Are Deer Safe To Eat? September 21, 2014 Wisconsin, NewsBlaze 
... Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer and elk ... State officials assured residents they couldn't get the fatal human brain disease Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) if they avoided the deer's "brain, eyeballs, spinal cord, spleen or lymph nodes" and if they wore latex gloves. But there were two medical reports that suggested otherwise: A 2002 CDC report titled "Fatal Degenerative Neurologic Illnesses in Men Who Participated in Wild Game Feasts-Wisconsin, 2002." And an Archives of Neurology report called "Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease In Unusually Young Patients Who Consumed Venison." ...

With breeding season approaching, beware of deer in your headlights September 20, 2014 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune
... The number of people killed or injured in Wisconsin vehicle-deer crashes has risen since 1979, although they have declined since their peak of 847 in 1999, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation... State Farm’s report underscores that, projecting that drivers in Wisconsin will hit 47,669 deer this year...

Portage, City leaders' proposal targets problem deer September 18, 2014 Wisconsin, Channel 3000
... Portage City Administrator Shawn Murphy calls the deer problem a potential liability, saying previous ideas, like building fences and hiring hunters, have just become too expensive...  paying current portage officers, like Jason Stenburg, to harvest up to 50 deer per year.  “I look forward to that," ...


DNR localizes deer herd management September 17, 2014 Wisconsin,  Beaver Dam Daily Citizen
... The council is represented by a variety of personnel who are directly related to the issues surrounding deer in Dodge County. From biologists and foresters to law enforcement and agriculture, the council, along with public input is focusing on local herds, local habitats and local statistics...
County Deer Advisory Councils Give Hunters a Voice September 17, 2014 Wisconsin, WBAY
... For the first time Wisconsin DNR officials are asking hunters to join with county leaders in tourism, agriculture, forestry, and transportation, to develop recommendations on deer populations and harvest quotas. ..

Portage police could be used to kill deer September 17, 2014 Wisconsin,  WisNews 
... City Administrator Shawn Murphy told city budget-makers this week to expect a proposal to buy equipment and acquire permits and certifications necessary to allow city personnel to act as sharpshooters to control the local deer population...

... Drivers are nearly 3.7 percent less likely to collide with a deer in the next 12 months than they were last year...

...  Deer hunters are being asked to save deer heads or to use partnering taxidermists so they can test animals for Chronic Wasting Disease. This is especially true in certain central Wisconsin areas ... Last year, five CWD-positive wild deer were discovered in Central Wisconsin...

County deer councils will start to gather information September 13, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... For the first time, a system of County Deer Advisory Councils will develop recommendations for Wisconsin deer management.  The councils were among the recommendations of the Wisconsin White-tailed Deer Trustees Report, a process initiated in 2011 by Gov. Scott Walker...

Deer hunters help track CWD September 13, 2014 Wisconsin, WSAU News
... “Within Portage, Adams, Juneau, and Marathon Counties, what we’re asking hunters to do is if they’re located within those surveillance areas, provide us with their adult deer heads.”  Those four counties have had deer test positive for the disease before ... 

DNR issues either-sex permits in CWD zone September 11, 2014 Wisconsin, Spooner Advocate
... During the bow and gun deer hunting seasons the DNR – in cooperation with local businesses – will continue to collect lymph nodes or deer heads for CWD [chronic wasting disease] surveillance testing. Anyone who shoots an adult deer within a 10-mile radius of Shell Lake is asked to contribute a sample for testing...

CDAC to discuss deer population September 11, 2014 Wisconsin, WisNews
... Deer population objectives that will be used to help formulate hunting opportunities over the next three years will be the topic of discussion at Badger Den Room, Mackenzie Center, W7303 County Rd CS, Poynette, Wis. on Sept. 16 starting at 7 p.m.  The subject will be addressed by the Columbia County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) ...

Calling all hunters, tell us what you see September 9, 2014 Wisconsin, WDNR News
     The September 13 archery and crossbow openers mark the beginning of the 2014 deer hunting seasons and the start of the sixth annual Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey, an easy-to-do survey where hunters can record their observations of deer and other wildlife while out hunting.  The Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey is a fun opportunity for hunters to share their enthusiasm for wildlife while helping our survey efforts," says Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp.  At the end of each year, participants who provide their email address will receive a personalized summary of all recorded wildlife from that season. Participants can access the survey webpage by going to the DNR website and searching keyword "Deer Hunter Wildlife." Once there, begin by filling out a tally sheet either electronically or print it from the site.

Deer Advisory Councils to meet in Sawyer County September 8, 2014 Wisconsin, Hayward WI
... Planning for the 2015 deer hunting season is under way, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Conservation Congress encourage anyone interested in discussing their local deer herd to attend a County Deer Advisory Council meeting this fall.  Three advisory council meetings will be held in Sawyer County — Tuesday, Sept. 23 and Tuesday, Oct. 21, both from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hayward Veterans Community Center; and in December ...

Program Aims At Deer Health September 7, 2014 Wisconsin, Valley News
...  Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) ... The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, represented by Ralph Fritsch of Townsend, offered five suggestions ... DMAP landowners not be allowed to lease deer hunting rights on the property. ...  the DMAP enrollee could leverage the program to charge higher lease rates... WWF would like to see baiting and feeding prohibited on DMAP lands where antlerless tags are issued....

New deer hunting regulations are coming in Fall 2014. Get your questions answered now! September 5, 2014 Wisconsin, WDNR News
09/05/2014
     Have you taken a look at the new deer management unit boundaries? Do you know when and where antlerless-only seasons occur this year? Learn how these and other new rules will affect your hunting season. DNR experts will be on hand to answer all your questions regarding new deer season regulations during TWO online chats on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at noon and 7 p.m. To participate, please visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword “expert.” For more information, visit dnr.wi.gov, search keyword “deer” and click the link for the rule changes FAQ document.

Portage, City's deer eradication program likely dead September 5, 2014 Wisconsin, WisNews
... The city has periodically hired sharpshooters   ... Or as Common Council member Rick Dodd called it, “deer reduction program … because we didn’t eradicate anything.” ... 

Mystery of Three-Legged Wisconsin Buck Solved September 1, 2014 Wisconsin, QDMA.com
... Its right hind leg had been crippled in some mishap and was sticking almost straight out behind the deer, useless, stiff and withered by muscle atrophy. In a classic example of the neurological connection between antler growth and skeletal structure, the buck’s left antler – on the opposite side of its body – was deformed...

2014 Wisconsin Fall Hunting and Trapping Forecast is now available! August 30, 2014 DNR News
     With a number of 2014 fall hunting and trapping seasons just around the corner, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will once again offer a Fall Hunting and Trapping Forecast. ... In 2014, 19 county units, in whole or in part, are designated as buck-only units. This approach will encourage herd growth. ... During the 2013 deer season, the department sampled 6,662 deer statewide from within and outside of the former CWD-MZ. With over 6,000 deer tested, 357 tested positive... Since 2002, CWD prevalence within our western monitoring area in the former CWD-MZ has shown an overall increasing trend in all sex and age classes...  counties within the Central 
Farmland and Southern Farmland zones hold abundant deer populations ... Quotas for management units within the Central Forest Zone have been reduced following two harsh winters and a decline in deer numbers ... Conditions during the winter of 2013-
2014 were severe across northern Wisconsin ... Fawn mortality averaged approximately 43 percent, and adult deer mortality was measured at 10 percent... 

Deer management program benefits from debate over rules August 30, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... the state's Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) ... The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, represented by Ralph Fritsch of Townsend, offered five suggestions ... it would prefer DMAP landowners not be allowed to lease deer hunting rights on the property.  Among the issues: If a DMAP landowner can obtain antlerless tags and others in the area can't, the DMAP enrollee could leverage the program to charge higher lease rates...

 Banner deer year expected in 'K/D' August 29, 2014 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
 ... deer sightings are up throughout the farmland region of Kewaunee and Door counties.  The "let 'em go, let 'em grow" mantra — the passing up of young bucks to allow more to achieve their body and antler growth potential — appears to have morphed into a "let 'em go, let it (the herd) grow" ... 

Eau Claire, Relaxed deer hunt rules reasonable August 28, 2014  Wisconsin, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram 
... the deer herd ... appears to be healthy. City officials say an urban deer survey done in 1993 concluded that there were about 400 whitetails roaming the city limits. Most would agree that number appears to have increased ... The new ordinance allows bowhunters to shoot deer on smaller parcels as long as they are at least 50 yards from a home or have the owner’s written permission...

     Planning for the 2015 deer hunting season is underway, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Conservation Congress encourage anyone interested in discussing their local deer herd to attend a County Deer Advisory Council meeting this fall... To find a meeting location in your area [PDF] and learn more about County Deer Advisory Councils, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "CDAC."

Eau Claire, More land, lower fee proposed for urban deer hunt August 23, 2014 Wisconsin, Eau Claire Leader
...  the city’s ordinance change would relax that requirement so bowhunters could use smaller private parcels as long as they’re 50 yards from a home or have that homeowners’ permission.  Obtaining a city permit for hunting deer also would drop from $45 to $20 ...

Deer Hunting in Wisconsin August 20, 2014 Realtree
... While the state is trying to make its complex system more simple, it also seems willing to ignore the fact that CWD is expanding in southern Wisconsin, relaxing regulations and eliminating seasons meant to curtail the disease, a result of serious pressure from the hunting community ...

Landowners allowed to sell antlerless deer permits August 13, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ·
... Landowners enrolled in the state's fledgling Deer Management Assistance Program will be allowed to sell antlerless deer permits under a rule approved Wednesday by the Natural Resources Board.... Deer Management Assistance Programs are run in more than a dozen states...

...The nonprofit “River Valley Deer Management” will attempt to cull deer herds in Bayport through a bow hunt this fall. [From their website:  RiverValley Deer Management LLC is a Wisconsin corporation made up of six Hudson residents with decades of archery experience.] ... Residents on Point Road generally favor thinning the herd, according to a survey conducted by city staff...

...   The Natural Resources Board approved today the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' recommendations to establish a deer hunting season in which the use of a crossbow is allowed... The crossbow deer hunting season will run concurrent with the archery season...

... The “Snapshot Wisconsin” project hopes to work with citizens statewide to monitor and maintain about 4,000 trail-cameras to document what’s living on the state’s diverse landscapes. The survey will use a statewide grid with four trail-cameras in every 6-by-6-mile township, or one every nine square miles... To learn more about “Snapshot Wisconsin,”  CLICK HERE

Change in Wisconsin Deer Hunting Rules August 5, 2014 WNDR News
       Deer management unit boundaries have changed as a result of an extensive two-year review of Wisconsin's deer management program. Deer hunters are encouraged to check the 2014 deer management unit designations map and 2014 Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations booklet for information regarding management units.

Fines, probation in wild animal poisoning case August 5, 2014 Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Reporter
... The poisoning used baits designed to kill predators in order to improve deer hunting, U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil has said...

... The program enlists sportsmen and women as well as homeowners to help survey the deer population. The DNR is sending out 14,000 invitations to hunters who took part in the deer hunt last year to get keep track of the deer they see, but the public is also invited to help. Operation Deer Watch

Crossbows ready to make entrance during deer season August 2, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... . Beginning this fall, all legal hunters in Wisconsin, regardless of age or physical ability, will be able to use a crossbow to hunt deer in a season concurrent to the archery deer season... Michigan has allowed crossbow use during its archery deer season since 2009. The first year, 19% of hunters used a crossbow during the Michigan archery deer season. In 2011, it increased to 37%; in 2012, it was 43.7%; and in 2013, it was 49.5%...

The Wild Side: New deer management program August 1, 2014 Wisconsin, Starjournalnow
... Each county in the state is currently forming a County Deer Advisory Council or CDAC. This council will be made up of six to eight members who volunteer and apply to participate. Any applicant must represent an identified stakeholder group. Naturally, hunters will be at the table, but other groups will include agriculture, forestry, tourism, transportation and someone from a municipality to represent urban or metropolitan deer issues...

Wisconsin asks public to help survey deer herd July 29, 2014 Minneapolis Star Tribune
... The DNR will launch Operation Deer Watch this week – asking the public to report the number of deer they see from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30... This unique collaboration of data from the public, along with deer observations collected by DNR staff, provides valuable information regarding the reproductive status of Wisconsin's deer herd in 2014... For more information, videos, and past results, go to the DNR website and search "deer watch."

Wisconsin towns fight repeal of bow ban July 25, 2014 Watch Dog
... the state’s new law that repeals local bans on using crossbows and other bow weapon ... To comply with state law, the city of Racine will have to allow bow hunting on private land, but officials are pushing for a new ordinance to ban the activity in city parks and other public land ...

New crossbow deer hunting season will be offered in 2014 July 23, 2014 Wisconsin, Star Journal 
... The crossbow deer hunting season will run concurrent with the regular archer season. During open firearm seasons, a gun deer license will authorize bow and crossbow use ... 

'Snapshot Wisconsin' project to put eye on wildlife July 19, 2014 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
... The "Snapshot Wisconsin" project hopes to work with citizens across the state to monitor and maintain about 4,000 trail cameras ... Stenglein hopes the study will help the DNR piece together a comprehensive map showing wildlife numbers and distribution patterns, and how they change by season. Currently, much of what we know about wildlife populations is based on harvest data ...

Offended by rotting deer carcasses July 13, 2014 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune 
... In Wisconsin we celebrate whitetail deer as the state mammal. So we honor the deer hit by our vehicles by letting them rot on the roadside for months.  Presently there are seven such deer in the I-90-La Crosse River area...

Wisconsin DNR, UW working on new land map July 4, 2014 La Crosse Tribune
... The DNR and UW-Madison plan to use fresh data from satellites to map more than 40 types of land cover in Wisconsin... 

      Following a record-breaking harsh winter, a statewide effort to assess the condition of car-killed deer is helping researchers understand winter's impacts on Wisconsin's deer herd. This information is in addition to radio telemetry monitoring of deer over the last four years has that has also provided insight into winter's impacts on deer ... 522 deer were sampled statewide during a period when fat reserves were at their lowest point of the year...
      In the southern portion of the state, 40 percent of adult deer sampled had rump fat, while rump fat was present in only 14 percent of adult deer sampled in the north. A greater proportion of deer in the north had little or no organ fat, as opposed to deer in the south. Similarly, bone marrow condition was better in the south than the north, and adults were more likely to have fatty marrow than juveniles in both the north and south.

Scientist defends passive CWD approach June 30, 2014 Wisconsin,  Sheboygan Press 
... The deer herd in the CWD core area has not collapsed and few if any sick deer are ever observed or photographed in thousands of game camera photos ... Despite over $40 million in spending and herculean efforts by the DNR initially to eradicate and now to contain or control CWD, these efforts have not stopped or controlled the spread of CWD...

Program advocating hunting launches in Wisconsin June 28, 2014 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... The Wisconsin program is funded by the National Shooting Sports Foundation of Newtown, Conn.... a trade association for the firearms industry... Estimates of the annual economic impact of hunting in Wisconsin range from $1 to $4 billion, depending on formulas used... 

State's deer population not threatened by wolves June 26, 2014 Wisconsin, Madison 
... The DNR estimates that a wolf kills about 20 deer a year. International Wolf Center statistics show Wisconsin had between 809 and 834 wolves in the winter of 2013.  That would mean the yearly wolf take would be less than 17,000 ... 

DNR Deer Management Assistance Program off to a solid start June 25, 2014 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
...  DMAP will give landowners the tools and technical assistance needed to manage their property for deer and other wildlife. The program encourages sound land stewardship practices on private and public land and is intended to improve relationships between landowners, hunters and DNR... DMAP enrollment statistics illustrate the public's interest in hands-on wildlife management...

Passive approach to CWD worth a try June 21, 2014 Wisconsin,  Madison.com
... deer were reduced to infectious vermin, disposed of in landfills and even compared to 55-gallon drums of toxic waste by a Natural Resources Board member. These efforts have not substantially reduced the deer population or the prevalence of CWD ... Wisconsin and other states have concluded that CWD eradication is not a realistic disease management objective... More than 95 percent of the deer testing positive for CWD do not show clinical signs of the disease and appear perfectly healthy...

DNR plain aims to let landowners in deer program sell antlerless tags June 21, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Enrollment in the program, begun earlier this year, is off to a slow start ...  the DNR had received 114 applications for DMAP ... This would be the first time the DNR would allow the transfer of what could be dozens of tags by an individual landowner or co-op on property not open to the general public...

A tale of two predators: the wolf and the bear June 19, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
...  Many sportspeople erroneously blame the 600 to 1,000 wolves in Wisconsin as the major culprit in the lowering of deer populations in the north. Bears are incredibly efficient at preying on fawns but, again for the most part, are given a pass by hunters... somewhere in the neighborhood of 20,000 bears in Wisconsin ...

June is dangerous month for highway deer crashes June 18, 2014 Wisconsin,  Wausau Daily Herald 
... In 10 of the last 17 years, June registered as the first or second-worst month for injuries from vehicle-deer collisions... While mother deer are busy watching newborns, yearlings — deer born last summer — are less cautious and roam unsupervised. ... 

Wolves aren't biggest threat for deer June 16, 2014 Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Reporter 
... Wolves were not linked to any fawn deaths in the Northern Forest study area near Winter, and starvation was the top fawn-killer in the Eastern farmlands study area near Shawano... some does — probably yearlings and 2-year-olds that are still growing — apparently couldn’t produce milk after giving birth...

... attached radio-collars to 139 newborn fawns over the past three springs ... Roughly 31 percent died each year, with most succumbing soon after birth. Of fawns monitored, 14 percent (20) died of starvation/disease, 7 percent fell to coyotes, 3 percent were road-kills, 2 percent died of unknown causes, 1 percent fell to bobcats, 1 percent fell to bears and 2 percent fell to predators that couldn’t be identified ...

...  It’s typically the time many search for a place to give birth and yearlings separate from their mother... 18,313 deer vs. motor vehicle crashes were reported in 2013...

   The following studies have been updated and posted to the Wisconsin DNR site, find them using the link above:    White-tailed Deer Population Status, 2013  By Robert E. Rolley.   Summer Deer Observations, 2013, By Daniel J. Storm.  Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey, 2013, By Jes Rees and Brian Dhuey.  Chronic Wasting Disease in Wisconsin Deer, 2013, By Erin Larson.  Winter Severity Indices, 2012-2013, By Daniel J. Storm

Lead shot threatens eagles, study says June 5, 2014 Wisconsin, Quad City Times
... Bald eagles are dying because they are eating the remains of deer that have been shot using lead ammunition, according to a two-year study conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service... the study tested the livers of 168 dead eagles ... and found that 48 percent had detectable concentrations of lead while 21 percent had concentrations considered lethal...

What's Killing the Deer? June 4, 2014 Wisconsin, International Wolf Center
... between 1997 and 2012, comparing four DMUs inhabited by wolf packs to three DMUs in east-central Wisconsin where wolves were absent. The number of harvested bucks dropped significantly between the 2007 and 2008 seasons not only in the wolf DMUs but in the wolf-free DMUs as well. The decline occurred again in 2009. Whatever caused the decline surely did not involve the wolves ...Wolves certainly eat their fair share of deer, roughly 20 adult-sized deer per wolf per year...

D Pere, Communities not ready to act on urban deer June 4, 2014 Wisconsin, Appleton Post 
... De Pere’s City Council this week voted to accept its Park Department recommendation to take no action. ...

Deer preserve fined ... CWD June 3, 2014 Wisconsin, Penn Live
... a Wisconsin deer hunting preserve agreed to a civil forfeiture for failing to test hunter-killed deer for chronic wasting disease, with the preserve's non-compliance with state regulations first identified in 2010... "CWD surveillance is a priority for this department so the rules exist for a good reason," said State Veterinarian Paul McGraw...

... Like mad cow disease, widely believed to stem from the cost-cutting practice of feeding cows to cows, chronic wasting disease may also have man-made origins. In the mid-1960s, the Department of Wildlife ran a series of nutritional studies on wild deer and elk at the Foothills Wildlife Research Facility in Fort Collins, Colorado and soon after the studies began, however, Foothills deer and elk began dying from a mysterious disease ...

Doing nothing about CWD means nothing May 30, 2014 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette 
... 2012 research paper by Stacie Robinson, Ph.D., and Professor Michael Samuel at the University of Wisconsin-Madison... “Wild cervid (deer) populations are unlikely to evolve quickly enough for selection to influence disease management, although long-term selective breeding may be feasible for captive cervids.” [p. 1057] ... the paper also states: Although relying on genetic change may not be viable for short-term disease management, CWD could exert considerable force to drive genetic evolution of host populations on an ecologically relevant timescale, especially in unharvested populations where greater CWD prevalence and mortality risk may lead to stronger selective pressure. [p. 1057]

Wisconsin: How widespread was the drop in the kill of antlerless deer in the northern part of the state? We take a closer look at last fall's hunt. - May 30, 2014





...  deer have become more active this time of year, as does look for places to give birth, and young deer separate from their mothers ...

... "With the severity of this past winter, recommending a buck only hunting season for much of Northern Wisconsin is a first step in allowing the deer population to recover," said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp... In 2014, 19 counties (all or in whole) and four tribal reservation deer management units will allow buck only hunting with an antlerless quota of zero for most hunters. New deer management units will follow county lines and reservation boundaries. .. The board also established the boundaries of an updated CWD affected area. This area will include 35 counties where CWD has been detected in either wild or game farm deer or elk since 2008...

DNR proposes bigger 'no doe' zone to help rebuild deer herd May 21, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... Under rules proposed by the Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin hunters in 19 counties will be prohibited from shooting an antlerless deer in 2014, the largest such "no doe" zone in more than two decades... "The goal is to help them rebuild by not taking does." ... consecutive severe winters ...

Newport, Second-annual deer hunt to take place in Newport May 21, 2014 Wisconsin, Pierce County Herald 
... desired maximum number of deer per square mile is 20. The city of Newport is approximately 1.66 square miles. Using a multiplier of 30 percent to estimate the actual deer population, the DNR concluded that the number of deer in Newport to be 52.  “Technically we should only have 10 deer,” City Administrator Deb Hill said. “So we have 42 deer too many.” [do the math: 1.66 square miles times 20 deer per square mile is 33 deer, not 10]

Deer hunting changes for northwoods hunters May 17, 2014 Wisconsin, Fox11
...  the worst winter in the last 20 years for the northwoods deer population...  A survey of collared deer in Sawyer County revealed 40% of those animals died, that’s an increase of 17% over last year.... DNR wants to suspend antlerless hunting in the northern third of the state...

Specialist thins deer herd on Sheboygan's north side May 16, 2014 Wisconsin, Sheboygan Press
... The city spent $7,000 this year to hire a specialist to begin shooting deer — primarily does — in a controlled area near the river using a rifle outfitted with a silencer device. The effort took longer than anticipated, as the harsh winter meant deer either perished or moved to other areas in search of food...

... in Ashwaubenon ...  In seven square miles, 134 deer were counted. The Department of Natural Resources recommends 25 deer per mile. That means by the February count Ashwaubenon is below the recommendation ... De Pere officials say ... “The community says they’re not a problem, so it’s not really my place to say we should be hunting them...

... Winter weather killed so many Wisconsin deer over the last two years that state officials plan to take the unusual step of recommending that no antlerless deer licenses be issued in the northern third of the state for the upcoming hunt.  A year without antlerless tags should help deer numbers build back up ...

DNR collecting road kill deer for research May 13, 2014 Wisconsin, Upper Michigans Source
... "What we're looking for are different types of fat deposits on the body of the deer to help with determining the condition of the White-Tailed deer in the severe winter we had," said Joshua Martinez, a Wildlife Biologist with the Wisconsin DNR... If you find a deer carcass in Florence County, the DNR is asking that you call them at (715) 528-4400 ext. 119 to reach Josh Martinez. 

Survival and Cause-Specific Mortality of White-tailed Deer [Video and slideshow presentation] May 9, 2014 Wisconsin, WDNR News
     This study was designed to provide rigorous estimates of the buck recovery rate or its Deer Skarliscomponents (buck survival and cause-specific mortality), and hence increased accuracy of SAK (Sex-Age-Kill) population estimates. Additionally, this study will enhance our understanding of the effects and magnitude of hunter bias on estimates of cause- and age-specific mortality rates on male deer, and a greater understanding of spatial and temporal effects on variation in mortality of male deer across Wisconsin.

Wisconsin's white and albino deer May 6, 2014 Wisconsin,  manitowochub.htrnews.com 
... a 'pocket' in Sauk County in which white or albino deer have lived and thrived for decades. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has had regulations making it illegal to hunt these animals since 1940... a question on the ballot (# 35) at the Spring Hearings that asked whether or not the state of Wisconsin should 'legalize the harvest of white and albino deer statewide'. The vote tally was 1,915 yes votes and 3,939 voting no ...

US Losing War Against Deer Disease, CWD May 6, 2014 Wisconsin, NewsBlaze
... Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials in Wisconsin and other states assured the public that deer meat was safe, even if it harbored CWD, as long as they avoided eating a deer's brain, eyeballs, spinal cord, spleen and lymph nodes-the parts also implicated in mad cow disease. But scientific articles suggested most of the animal contained prions including its kidneys, pancreas, liver, muscle, blood, fat and saliva, antler velvet and birthing material...

Spooner Advocate ·
... [Northwestern Wisconsin] ...  the deer herd is in bad shape following the most severe winter on record and needs to rebuild...  Washburn and Burnett counties ... DNR biologists in both counties will recommend zero antlerless quotas, making it a buck-only hunt...A few years ago I asked how many people in the audience would be in favor of zero antlerless tags. Almost every hand went up.”  “The DNR didn’t listen, now here we are,” said another member of the audience...

Second deer at Marathon County hunting preserve found to have CWD April 20, 2014 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Rapids Tribune 
... There’s no way to tell whether the CWD-positive deer from Wilderness Whitetails has infected wild deer in the area, officials say, or vice-versa. Wilderness Whitetails is enclosed by a single fence, so it’s possible that a wild deer could have close contact with infected, captured deer.  “There have been photos from across the country showing wild deer and captive deer standing nose to nose,” ...

Confusion reigns at DNR deer forum April 19, 2014 Wisconsin, Sheboygan Press 
... Since a lot of public land is overpressured, many believe making it harder to get a tag for a doe on public would help the herds rebound in those areas, making for more of a quality experience ... People who are interested can check out how Kewaunee and Door County attendees voted, and the statewide numbers, at http://dnr.wi.gov/About/WCC/springhearing.html.

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. 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. 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,  have 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. 
    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. History of Deer Hunting in Wisconsin
     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.
     Deer management was reorganized along county boundaries in 2014, each county is forming a County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) of six to eight members.

Other estimates:
Estiimated pre-hunt deer in 2008: 1.52
Estimated pre-hunt deer in 1993: 1.15 million.
     About 150 elk in 2012.  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.  About 20,000 bears.  -.DataMine: Deer-hunting statistics, 1966-present

 - 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)

Wisconsin Deer Park