Wisconsin Deer News

... 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 ...

Food plots help attract deer February 28, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... According to Kostreva, for cattle to grow and be healthy, they need protein, minerals and vitamins. Deer thrive on the same thing... when Kostreva did landscaping work as a side job, some of his customers said they wanted to watch deer in their backyard. They wondered if there was a way to put something in the ground to attract them...

Three-year deer goals approved for Wisconsin February 26, 2015 Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
... The board approved recommendations from all counties, even though state Department of Natural Resources staff questioned the wisdom of recommendations to increase deer numbers in five counties where chronic wasting disease had been detected and four counties, including Washburn, which are next to a county where the deer disease was detected...

New deer management program for future hunting seasons approved February 25, 2015 Wisconsin, WEAU 13 NEWS 
... The Natural Resources Board today approved a Deer Trustee Report final rule package that will implement a new deer management program and establish regulations for future deer hunting seasons. ...

Walker wants to repeal DNR deer road kill collection program February 24, 2015 Wisconsin, hngnews.com
... The proposal would shift the responsibilities, and the cost, from the state to the counties. But county personnel said they don't have the money ...

DNR endorses groups' deer herd recommendations, despite CWD February 22, 2015 Wisconsin, The Idaho Statesman
... advisory councils in nine Wisconsin counties whose deer are threatened by chronic wasting disease have recommended growing or maintaining their herds despite the advice of scientists who say that shrinking a herd is the best way to control the disease's spread...

DNR takes to the sky to count deer February 22, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... knowing how many animals are in a population — within realistic parameters — is fundamental to wildlife management.  The DNR uses aerial surveys for select wildlife species ... It began using aerial deer surveys after regulations to promote or require the hunting of antlerless deer altered the traditional harvest and made the Sex-Age-Kill model less reliable...

Seek middle ground with state wolves February 20, 2015 Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Reporter
... The western Great Lakes wolf population is estimated at 3,700 with approximately 680 in Wisconsin, down from 830 in 2013...

Sponsored by the Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve, the third talk of the Research Sampler Series highlighted the results of former and continued research on white-tailed deer in Schmeeckle Reserve. This long-running study has used radio collars to better understand the habitat range and behavior of Schmeeckle's urban deer population. - February 19, 2015



State Natural Resources Board to consider deer rules, population objectives at February 25 meeting February 18, 2015 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
...  Proposed rules related to deer management, hunting, and implementation of the 2012 White-tailed Deer Trustee's Report and white-tailed deer population objectives for Wisconsin deer management units are among the issues the state Natural Resources Board will take up at its February 25 meeting in Madison...  People can watch the meeting over the Internet by going to the NRB page of the DNR website and clicking on "NRB webcasts" link under the "Meeting materials" tab. Then click on this month's meeting. After each meeting, the webcast will be permanently available on demand...

Jury awards $2,500 to hunter who sued DNR warden for wrongful arrest February 18, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... The appellate court restored Rooni's civil rights suit on the grounds that whether Biser had probable cause to arrest Rooni was a factual determination for a jury to make...

Wisconsin DNR talking about deer hunting advisory groups - February 12, 2015


... The Department of Natural Resources’ Deer Management Assistance Program, while still in its infancy, continues to be ready, willing and able to play a key role in private and public land deer and habitat management throughout Wisconsin... 

Albino deer steals hearts in Northwoods community February 6, 2015 Wisconsin, WFXS FOX55
...  an albino fawn with her mother... Three weeks later, the young deer's mother was run over by a car.  A small herd of does adopted the fawn and the neighborhood soon started calling the white deer "Little Orphan Annie." ...

After 1995 elk herd growth, Wisconsin to add another February 3, 2015 Wisconsin, TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
... Wisconsin introduced 25 elk from Michigan in May 1995 -- the Badger State's first elk in more than 100 years... "We're trapping in Kentucky right now and those elk should be in Wisconsin by late March or early April,'' Kevin Wallenfang, deer and elk ecologist ...

Not all in harmony with DNR elk import January 27, 2015 Wisconsin, Eau Claire Country Today
... Joel Espe, owner of Hawk’s Hill Elk Ranch ...  has long contended that the best elk for Wisconsin’s woods are ones that have been raised in a northern climate and have the best genetics possible.  “(Kentucky elk) have never known or dreamed of a northern Wisconsin winter, and now that wolves are (here), this could be about a half million dollars of wolf food,” ...

Wait for live CWD test before adding elk January 25, 2015 Wisconsin, Madison
...  State officials are looking to bring elk from Kentucky into two parts of Wisconsin... Kentucky originally got its elk from out West, mainly Utah, in the late 1990s and early 2000s. That was about the same time CWD [chronic wasting disease] was first discovered in Utah in deer...

Deer Trustee Report process coming to an end January 23, 2015 Wisconsin, Chippewa Herald
... Many of these changes were put in place for the 2014 season on an emergency basis, and hunters had the opportunity to give these rules a "test run" before the DNR weighs public response and determines which rules to keep permanently... "The big challenge in deer management is that there are so many different stakeholders and the deer touches the lives of so many different stakeholders," ...

... some elk farmers are worried about their herds on the off chance that Kentucky elk bring chronic wasting disease with them to Wisconsin... But the DNR says they'll quarantine the elk for 120 days and monitor conditions to make sure Kentucky elk don't spread disease...

Deer Trustee Report permanent rule public comment form now available online January 21, 2015 Wisconsin, WDNR News
To help gather feedback regarding the proposed Deer Trustee Report permanent rule [PDF], an online public input form is now available to gather public comments.  People can complete an input form by searching the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword "deer." The form will remain open for public comment through midnight Feb. 1.  New regulations and programs, including the Deer Management Assistance Program, were set up under an emergency rule in 2014, and now a follow-up permanent rule package is necessary for the 2015 hunting seasons and beyond....

Wisconsin should rethink elk plan over disease worry January 21, 2015 Lexington Herald Leader
... Wisconsin has one elk herd of about 160 that live near Clam Lake in Ashland County. The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point brought in 25 Michigan elk in 1995, long after the animal disappeared from Wisconsin in the 1800s... 

... The 2014 hunt was done under temporary emergency rules, and under the guidance of the Deer Management Assistance Program, or DMAP. DNR officials have indicated the changed season was successful, but are now asking the public for feedback.   Regulations Specialist Scott Loomans says comments are being accepted this week and next ...

... Kazmierski is widely credited/castigated as the force behind the deer-trustee initiative that brought Texas’ James Kroll to Wisconsin in 2012 to revamp the state’s deer-management program. DNR insiders acknowledge Kazmierski was also instrumental in setting the Deer Trustee Report’s final rules, most of which took effect in 2014...

Racine, Deer on the runway: Batten Airport deals with furry visitors January 17, 2015 Wisconsin, Journal Times
... In order to keep the deer away from danger, airport employees have special noisemakers to scare the animals away. A deer depredation program at the airport uses bow hunting to remove the deer, but employees try to avoid these measures... According to David Mann ...

Walleyes, deer, wolves and moose among topics of DNR event January 17, 2015 Wisconsin, The Tampa Tribune 
...  The total harvest was 139,500 in 2014, down 19 percent from 2013, mainly due to a 31 percent reduction in the numbers of antlerless deer killed by hunters ... Starting next month the DNR will hold a series of public meetings around the state as part of a larger process for setting the agency's deer population management goals ...

Last shot to weigh in on state deer rules January 17, 2015 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette 
... Nine public hearings — including one from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 22 in Lecture Hall Room SC132 at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay — are scheduled, and an online comment opportunity begins Jan. 20 on the Department of Natural Resources website.  You can see the proposed final rules package at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifeHabitat/trustee.html

Green Lake deer kill suspects charged January 15, 2015 Wisconsin,  Fox11online.com
... The two allegedly shot 15 deer, texted photos of them, kept the empty shell casings, and hid several deer with brush and snow, according to the criminal complaint.... 

     Nine public hearings throughout Wisconsin will provide an additional opportunity for public comment before the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources requests adoption of the Deer Trustee Report permanent rule package in February... Hunters experienced some of the more prominent rules stemming from the report in 2014, including County Deer Advisory Councils, the Deer Management Assistance Program, and new seasons and management units in 2014. However, these regulations and programs were set up under an emergency rule, and now a follow-up permanent rule package is necessary ...

    Landowners with an interest in promoting healthy deer and other wildlife through active management are ideal candidates for DMAP. The program allows for habitat management alongside existing land use activities like agriculture and timber management.  The 2015 enrollment deadline for properties larger than 160 acres is March 1, and landowners are encouraged to apply early. Both public and private lands are eligible to participate in DMAP... an informational chat Thursday, Feb. 5 at noon. To view a chat schedule and check out previous chats, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword "expert." For more information regarding DMAP and the application process, search keyword "DMAP."

... Kentucky will help Wisconsin boost its elk herd by providing 150 elk cows, calves and yearling male elk over the next 3-5 years.  “Kentucky’s own free-ranging elk herd began with the release of seven elk from Kansas in 1997,” ...

Deer hunting rules hearings offered this month January 10, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... The changes include the permanent creation of County Deer Advisory Councils and the Deer Management Assistance Program, as well as replacing numeric deer population goals with the more qualitative targets of "increase, decrease or maintain." ... Nine public hearings are planned around the state in January ...

... A federal appeals court ruling last year found that the state couldn’t prevent the tribes from hunting deer at night. On Wednesday, Jan. 7, the state asked the Supreme Court to review that decision...  the state has let certain individuals and groups hunt at night once Chronic Wasting Disease began to spread through the state’s deer population...

... Here is the petition in Wisconsin v. Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians ... Seventh Circuit materials ...

Wisconsin DNR to ask Supreme Court to review night deer ruling January 7, 2015 TwinCities Pioneer Press
... The tribes renewed their push for night hunting in 2012 after legislators angered them by allowing hunters to kill wolves at night....

... Joe Hutto, a trained wildlife biologist, says in the video that his seven-year journey started with a chance encounter with a young mule deer buck in the sagebrush ... When her buck fawn dies, Rag Tag is distraught. Hutto observes her “exhausted and despondent” like any mother when a family member is killed. He documented: “Of course, in the case of a mother losing a fawn, the grieving process is clear — it’s almost irrefutable...

... individuals that favor animal rights and who were essentially rooting for the deer, and avid hunters who thought it was inhumane to think that the hunter “deserved” what happened to him...

DNR hearings explore deer-management issues January 2, 2015 Wisconsin,  Green Bay Press Gazette
...  the DNR is holding hearings this month on its permanent deer rules package ... From Nov. 3-Dec. 5, the DNR conducted a wide-ranging online survey about deer to help guide the state's County Deer Advisory Councils (dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/cdac.html). A 73-page summary of survey responses is available at dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/documents/cdacsurveyresults.pdf.

Time is now to raise voice over deer hunting rules January 2, 2015 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... two-hour hearings – sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources – will be held in Fitchburg, La Crosse, Dodgeville, Eau Claire, Schofield, Green Bay, Waukesha, Spooner and Rhinelander...

Wolf ruling disregards reality on the ground December 28, 2014 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... In effect, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell in Washington, D.C., declared that although gray wolves aren’t biologically endangered in the Western Great Lakes, they remain legally endangered ... Granted, Wisconsin lawmakers and our Department of Natural Resources did not – and do not – work with wolf advocates ...

... For the most recent full year (2013) of the study that includes hunting data, 67 percent of adult deer and 33 percent of juvenile deer mortality in the northern study areas was caused by hunters.  In the east, hunters were responsible for 70 percent of adult buck mortality and 50 percent of juvenile male deaths.  The data reinforce a long-held tenet: Hunting is key when considering harvest pressures on a deer population...

Price County, CDAC objective to increase Price County deer herd goes to Madison December 23, 2014 Wisconsin, Price County Daily
...  factors contributing to deer numbers were back-to-back severe winters, with the winter of 2013-14 recorded as the most severe on the Winter Severity Index ... Wolves are killing a very small percentage of the deer... “There are a massive number of hunters with no investment in these lands,” ...

Carl’s deer — a Christmas fare thee well December 21, 2014 Wisconsin, Madison
    “This is my church — the deer, turkey, nature.” — Carl Drake, 82-year-old American Indian ... 
Carl was out searching for the young buck he had raised the year before. He had put a red collar on the little guy when he released him, hoping hunters would not kill a tame deer.  Carl had already visited the DNR offices in Madison to buy a deer license to tag the deer as his deer — but a living deer. The DNR staff laughed in his face... [Photo credit:  Patricia Randolf]

... Early results show the deer harvest in the U.P. was down 30 to 40 percent compared to 2013... pretty severe winters ...

K/D county deer councils split on herd December 20, 2014 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette 
... Kewaunee County members voted 3-1 in favor of maintaining the current population... Agriculture representative John Pagel ... said he now believes the population should be reduced...

Washburn, Deer population December 18, 2014 Wisconsin, Spooner Advocate 
... Following what was described as the worst deer hunt in the past 30 years ... the Washburn County Deer Advisory Council ... reversed a previous vote to “Maintain” and voted to “Increase” the herd ...

Deer thrill kill suspects given trespassing tickets December 17, 2014 Wisconsin, Fox11online.com
... the citations are related to the incident last month in which at least 10 deer were killed in what police and wardens described as a “thrill kill” case...  they could pay the $295 citation ...

Dodge, Larger Dodge County deer herd recommended December 17, 2014 Wisconsin, Beaver Dam Daily Citizen
... The council also reviewed the results of a survey sent out to gauge public reaction to the recommended herd increase. A dismal 56 surveys were received by the council and the majority of those reflected agreement with the proposed increase ...

Oneida, Council Recommends Increasing Oneida County Deer Herd December 15, 2014 Wisconsin, WXPR
... As chair Ed Choinski explains, it will be a few months before the council sets specific recommendations for the number of antlerless permits...

Expect lower deer kill numbers and lower expectations December 12, 2014 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... Gun-deer license sales this year fell 4.2 percent from 2013 to 608,711, the lowest since sales totaled 589,590 in 1976... The 2014 combined buck/antlerless kill was 191,550, down 24.9 percent from 2013 (255,003). That generated a 31.5 percent success rate, the lowest since it was 30.4 percent in 1983... 

Superior Telegram
... The five committee members in attendance voted unanimously to increase the deer population in Douglas County and to maintain the population in the Superior Metro Subunit.  The committee’s recommendation now goes to the Natural Resources Board ...

Statewide deer kill dips 15.5 percent December 11, 2014 Wisconsin, Outdoor News
... the state saw a 15.5-percent decrease in overall deer harvest... poor weather, a drop in hunter numbers, and tighter restrictions in the north playing roles in that decline ... Preliminary figures show 191,550 deer were registered, compared with 255,003 during the same period last year...

Testing finds no CWD in southeast Minnesota December 11, 2014 Wisconsin, Winona Daily News 
... no cases of chronic wasting disease were found in 411 samples from deer shot in the southeast part of the region.  The disease was found in northeast Iowa earlier this year, so as a precaution, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources decided to sample some deer shot near Iowa ...

Wisconsin deer research studies annual report 2013-2014 [PDF] December 11, 2014 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
... Fawn survival (to 6–7 months of age) was 44.8% and 57.8% in the northern forest and eastern farmland study areas, respectively.  Most fawn mortalities occurred during mid-May and June. Among mortality causes, predation (68.8%) and starvation (47.4%) were the
leading causes of mortality (6–7 month of age) in the northern forest and eastern farmland study areas, respectively.  Movements 30% and 55% of male deer (10–18 months old) dispersed in the northern forest (range: 1.5 – 22 miles) and eastern farmland (range: 1.0 – 20 miles) study areas, respectively.  Fall yearling male dispersal rates and distances were similar between study areas; however, spring dispersal in the northern forest study area occurred at ≤ 50% the rate of spring dispersal in the eastern farmland study area...

Iron County Deer Advisory Council December 11, 2014 Wisconsin, Lakeland Times
... The council’s preliminary recommendation, made during its October meeting, suggested increasing the local deer population... provide comments on the deer population objective recommendation for Iron County at the County Deer Advisory Council meeting to be held 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 15 at Mercer Town Hall...

Eau Claire, Council set goals for more deer in Eau Claire County December 11, 2014 Wisconsin, Leader-Telegram
... deer numbers should increase in the eastern third of Eau Claire County, which is mostly forest, and stay about the same in the western two-thirds of the county, which is mostly farmland, according to a group charged with setting population goals for the county.
The newly formed County Deer Advisory Council ... last winter was hard on the deer in forest areas near Augusta...

Deer hunt was 'rebuilding year,' DNR expert says December 10, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... The 2014 harvest included 90,336 bucks (down 8% from 2013) and 101,214 antlerless deer (down 21%)... the lower deer harvest was linked to "very strong" DNR efforts "to help our northern forest herds recover from two years of hard winters." ...  sales of 608,711 gun deer licenses, a drop of 24,891 (4%) from 2013. The license sales total was the lowest since 1976...

Kenosha County,   Group recommends increase in local deer herd December 10, 2014 Wisconsin, Kenosha News
... Based on input from local residents, an advisory group is recommending that the local deer herd be increased.  The Kenosha County Deer Advisory Council on Tuesday changed its draft recommendation to reflect that. Originally, the council favored maintaining the herd size at present levels...

Dip in number of deer, hunters has ripple effect December 6, 2014 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette 
... deer kill during the nine-day gun season this year was the lowest in 32 years...  76 percent success rate for hunters [in 2000] ... this year's 31 percent rate ...

Penn State study revealing how deer react to hunters December 6, 2014 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
...   researchers have put collars on deer ... in archery season, there's nothing to suggest these deer are being impacted by the hunting ... once the rifle season begins, we see some pretty dramatic differences. Some of these bucks will leave their home range and go places we've never seen them in the previous 10 months...

Sawyer County, Input wanted on ‘increasing’ deer herd December 6, 2014 Wisconsin, Hayward WI 
... The Sawyer County Deer Advisory Council (SCDAC) ... voted unanimously Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) office in Hayward, to set a three-year county population objective at “increasing” the herd...

A harsh winter leaves few deer for hunters December 5, 2014 Wisconsin,  Starjournalnow
... Last winter, Oneida County’s winter severity was 141, and the average across the Northwoods was 149—the highest Holtz has ever experienced... once the severity reaches 100 points, they estimate at least 25 percent of the herd will not survive. Some areas in the Northwoods had even higher scores, like 174 in Trout Lake and 166 in Park Falls...

Many factors affect Wisconsin deer hunt December 4, 2014 Wisconsin,  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... Sen. Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn) ...  "Hunters are angry..." The primary reason fewer deer were killed in 2014 is the deer population is down... Consecutive severe winters have hit the deer herd hard in northern Wisconsin, lowering the population and prompting a drop in antlerless deer permits. The northern forest, too, continues to age and offers less desirable deer habitat...

Sauk County's hunters get 7% fewer deer December 3, 2014 Wisconsin, Baraboo News Republic
... Preliminary figures show 5,225 deer were taken in Sauk County, compared to 5,598 over the same period last year. The buck harvest was nearly 2,500, down about 2 percent...

Deer harvest down for second straight season December 3, 2014 Wisconsin, Chippewa Herald 
... The DNR had received feedback that suggested that the herd in Chippewa County was being over harvested. So this year only 375 antlerless tags were sold for public land throughout the county....

Preliminary Harvest Data December 3, 2014 Wisconsin, WDNR News
    This year's preliminary harvest figures indicate a total of 191,550 deer harvested. The overall buck harvest of 90,336 was down roughly 8 percent. Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa have seen a similar decline in overall harvest in 2014.
     Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist, said the northeast and southern counties saw buck kills that were virtually unchanged compared to 2013. The largest decline in buck harvest figures was observed in the far northern counties, where it decreased by 18 percent compared to 2013. This area also saw a 58 percent decrease in antlerless harvest. This was a designed reduction in antlerless harvest in an attempt to increase deer numbers in the Northern Forest Zone. Overall, statewide antlerless harvest saw a 21 percent decline from 2013.
     Western counties saw a decrease in buck harvest of roughly 8 percent, with the bulk of the decline seen in counties that are farthest north within the region and/or counties that include portions of the Central Forest Zone...

... The 1,682 bucks and 1,890 antlerless deer that were taken in Columbia County between Nov. 22 and Sunday represented, overall, a 1 percent increase over the county’s 2013 gun deer season...

Wisconsin deer kill lowest in 30 years December 2, 2014 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Fifty-seven of the state's 72 counties recorded lower deer kills this year. ...

Green Lake, Man arrested in killing of 7 deer in Green Lake County December 1, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... A man has been arrested in connection with what investigators believe is the thrill-killing of seven white-tailed deer in Green Lake County ... Anyone with information about the deer shootings is asked to call Ackerman at (920) 369-6028

Marathon County,  Gun Deer Hunting Season Comes to a Close November 30, 2014 Wisconsin, WSAW-TV 
... "Initial harvest data that we have shows that for opening weekend in Marathon County, the harvest was about 30 percent down from previous years,"  ...

Portage County, Hunters say fewer deer seen in 2014 season November 30, 2013 Wisconsin, The Stevens Point Journal ·
... “We don’t have the deer we used to have in past years,” ...  he’s also noticed an increase in the number of predators, such as coyotes and wolves...

Wisconsin whitetail hunt continues slide November 30, 2014 La Crosse Tribune
...  In 2000, 694,712 hunters took 528,494 deer, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources — a 76.1 percent success rate. Last year, those figures were 255,003 deer bagged by 635,165 hunters for a 40.1 percent success rate...

Hunters bag memories during slow start to gun deer season November 30, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
...  at least 589,830, the number of gun deer hunting licenses sold by opening day. The number represents a drop of 26,042 (4%) from the same time in 2013... The two-day kill is the lowest in recent history. If the rest of the season is true to historical trends, the 2014 gun harvest will be the lowest since the early 1980s...

Important hunting tradition ends November 30, 2014 Wisconsin, WisNews 
... In 1953 hunters were required, for the first time, to register their deer at checking stations...   news releases from the Department of Natural Resources make it clear the decision has been made to go with e-registration for every gun and bow hunter in 2015...

Deer Camp 2014 - The Politics of Deer Management November 28, 2014 Wisconsin, Wauwatosa Now 
... Back in the day scientists, biologists and wildlife specialists made deer management decisions for a multitude of constituencies... Nowadays the primary goal is to manage for high deer numbers...

First shooting incidents recorded in 2014 Wisconsin deer hunt November 28, 2014 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... On Wednesday, a 41-year-old hunter sitting in a treestand in Portage County was struck in the foot by a bullet. The shooter was a 57-year-old hunter on an adjoining property. The bullet traveled 467 yards...

Recommendations regarding three-year deer population objectives will be finalized at December County Deer Advisory Council meetings November 28, 2014 Wisconsin, WDNR News
     Let your voice be heard! Recommendations regarding three-year deer population objectives will be finalized at December County Deer Advisory Council meetings.  The final County Deer Advisory Council meeting of 2014 will be held in each county in December, and will provide the public with an important opportunity to provide input regarding each county’s deer population objectives before recommendations are advanced to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  These objectives will guide deer management decisions for the next three years - the public is encouraged to attend and participate in a local council meeting.
     December meetings will be open to the public for any additional comments as the councils finalize their recommendations. View a meeting schedule.  An online survey is also available through Dec. 5 for those who are unable to attend their county’s meeting and would like to provide feedback.

Fence catches deer in Lake Delton November 28, 2014 Wisconsin,  Wisconsin Dells Events
... A deer died after it became caught in a fence around a condominum complex on Xanadu Road ... The doe got her head and front legs through the fence then was wedged in the fence and her back legs were on road side of the fence...

Wisconsin deer hunters have a chance to set an important record November 26, 2014 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... The 442,581 deer killed by gun hunters in 2000 is more than any other state in a nine-day (or similar duration) season... the opening weekend deer harvest of 90,281, down 18% from 2013 and lowest in at least 12 years...

Chippewa, For second year, county deer harvest down November 25, 2014 Wisconsin, Chippewa Herald
... The Chippewa County Deer Advisory Council says the county needs more deer...  reduce the number of antlerless permits sold for the county... would like to see the portion of the county north of Highway 64 and east of Highway 53 be transferred to the northern forest zone...

Hunters register lowest deer kill opening in recent history November 24, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... a lower deer population in northern Wisconsin, a lower number of antlerless permits statewide and opening weekend weather that included fog and rain.  The report showed hunters registered 48,926 bucks (down 9% from 2013) and 41,355 antlerless deer (down 27%)....

Testing electronic deer registration November 24, 2014 Wisconsin, Portage Daily Register
...  in anticipation of eliminating in-person registration stations ... 14,000 hunters already tried the process during the archery season... The DNR may have to have a backup plan for hunters who want CWD and other testing ...

Harsh winters have depleted deer populations - November 24, 2014


... at the station in Hatley, where the DNR were also collecting biological data on the deer.  "The biggest piece of information that we're collecting here this weekend is the age and gender of the deer, and we can plug that into a statistical model, and those are the factors that are going to drive our determination of how many deer there are in this area ...

Gun deer season 2014 begins, wolf impact November 22, 2014 Wisconsin,  The Northwoods River News 
... "Impacts of predators on white-tailed deer population growth and recruitment in Wisconsin," by Christopher Jacques, Bureau of Science Services, and Timothy Van Deelen, University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The report concluded that, "Wolf effects, measured as the physical presence of a wolf pack territory in [deer management units], had no discernible impact on population growth rates or recruitment of deer in Wisconsin." ...



Hunters gearing up for deer season November 21, 2014 Wisconsin, The Stevens Point Journal 
...  not hearing positive things from the Northwoods in terms of deer population... "Everything from Merrill going north is not good," Schira said. "The guys all say that there are no deer ... 

Deer hunting forecast varies from north to south November 21, 2014 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune 
... The southern part of the state, especially the Central Farmland and Southern Farmland zones, features an abundant population, especially in La Crosse and surrounding counties. That is why additional antlerless permits are available in a number of zones in La Crosse area counties... 

Wisconsin No. 2 in resident deer hunters November 20, 2014 Portage Daily Register
... The number of hunters in Wisconsin increased by 36 percent in the past decade... The number of licensed hunters in the nine-day gun deer hunt last year totaled 635,000, down from more than 699,000 in 1990....

Deer forecast mixed as hunters await season November 19, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... More than 600,000 hunters ... "In the northern counties, deer numbers are down. In the farmland regions we're anticipating a great deer hunting season." ... Even with few or no antlerless permits issued in northern counties in recent years, consecutive severe winters have kept the deer population lower than many would like to see...

Gun deer license sales lagging November 19, 2014 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune
... The DNR sold 635,165 licenses for the 2013 hunt, about 350 more than 2012 but still off the past decade's high-water mark of 649,955 set in 2004...

... The department has provided a number of useful resources to help hunters learn the new rules. All hunters are encouraged to review the 2014 deer hunting regulations [PDF] and FAQs, available at dnr.wi.gov, keyword "deer." ...

Changes again greet Wisconsin deer hunters November 18, 2014 Gazettextra
... Gone is the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone. So, too, are the 130 deer management units based on roads and rivers... Also gone: Chances to shoot a doe in 19 northern units where consecutive bad winters have hit the herd hard...

Wisconsin gun deer license sales lagging November 18, 2014 Dubuque Telegraph Herald
... Department of Natural Resources data shows hunters had purchased 565,663 licenses as of Monday. That’s down about 11,175 licenses from the same point last year...

DNR gears up for deer hunt starting Saturday November 17, 2014 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... The past two harsh winters, in addition to habitat and predator challenges, have thinned out the herd, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp said. That’s particularly true in the northern forested areas ...The DNR has taken steps to address the issues up north, while the population is still healthy in the central and southern zones, said Stepp, a former state senator ...




Chippewa Tribes Win Important Treaty Rights Victory in Wisconsin November 17, 2014 The National Law Review
... In Lac Courte Oreilles Band v. Wisconsin, 769 F.3d 543 (7th Cir. 2014), Chippewa tribes had entered into treaties with the United States in 1837, 1842 and 1854 ceding millions of acres in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota but reserving the right to hunt, fish and gather in the ceded territories... The tribes’ argument is that the state’s greater experience with night hunting of deer since the 1991 judgment shows that it is safer than had been believed ...

New DNR rules in place for 2014 deer hunt November 15, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Wisconsin officials have been regulating deer hunting in some fashion since 1851. That was the year non-tribal hunters were prohibited ... Nineteen counties in northern Wisconsin are "buck only" this year in an effort to let the herd rebuild...

Deer season good time to forget about CWD November 14, 2014 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... the DNR continues to downplay CWD, and assures us that “Wisconsin is managing CWD to prevent its spread rather than to eradicate the disease.”  ...  While introducing its new deer-management program 10 months ago, the agency made this concession: “The proposals contained in these rules are not likely to result in a reduction in the rate of infection in deer or geographic location of infected animals.” ...

Buck & Bear Club has new book, magazine November 14, 2014 Wisconsin, The Marshfield News-Herald
... Decades ago, a 10-pointer with a rack scoring 110 to 130 inches was a rare monster ... The "let 'em go, let 'em grow" mentality spread rapidly after hunters saw what happened after the first earn-a-buck season in 1996...

Expectations of WI Deer Harvest November 13, 2014 Wisconsin, NBC26
... "The amount of decline that Minnesota is experiencing right now I don't think Wisconsin will see as much," ... 

... Fawn mortality reached 43 percent based on sampling ... The bucks-only harvest this year is a management technique used to rebuild herd numbers...  the most commonly taken deer during the gun season in a bucks-only area is a 1.5-year-old male ...

Public gets chance to weigh in on state's deer management November 12, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... the preliminary recommendations of the County Deer Advisory Councils are available for public review through Dec. 3... Each council is composed of local residents who applied for the volunteer opportunity. The members include representatives of the following stakeholder groups: agriculture, Deer Management Assistance Program, forestry, hunting/conservation club, tourism, transportation and urban...

Stepp: Gun deer season rules reflect changes in DNR policy November 11, 2014 Wisconsin, WSAU News 
... She says good forest management improves deer habitat, but management in the Northwoods is very different than the agricultural areas, where plentiful deer populations need to be trimmed...

Deer forecast is low November 10, 2014 Wisconsin, Hayward WI 
...  Lots of snow and low temperatures last winter means fewer deer ...    it will affect the deer herd in northern Wisconsin... Fawn mortality reached 43 percent based on sampling done in the Winter area not certain how the 2013-14 fawn mortality rate compared to previous years, it could be as extreme as last winter’s weather conditions ... 

Crossbows boost archery deer season near record totals November 8, 2014 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette 
... License sales for Wisconsin's archery deer season are inching toward the record 266,573 sold in 2013 ... Until this year, only those 65 and older or with doctor-certified physical limitations could use crossbows during archery season...

Deer councils set goals for counties November 7, 2014 Wisconsin, Leader-Telegram
... The County Advisory Councils ...  have posted their preliminary recommendations online on the DNR website... In Buffalo County, a hilly agricultural county with mostly private land and generally lots of deer, the council recommended a three-year goal of decreasing deer numbers ... But in adjacent Trempealeau County, which has basically the same terrain with mainly private farmland, the council recommended an increase ...

Wisconsin's deer hunting chronology November 7, 2014 Madison.com
... 1851 – First closed season for deer, Feb. 1 – June 30; Indians permitted to hunt anytime.  1876 – Hunting with dogs prohibited statewide... 1892 – Lawful to kill any dog running or hunting deer. 1895 – Sheboygan first county closed to deer hunting ...

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


Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2014 Electronic Registration and Forecast - November 7, 2014



Stick new deer plan where the sun don't shine November 5, 2014 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... The new Deer Management Assistance Program sells out public hunting to private landowners... The program rearranges statewide hunting into thousands of private landowners’ cooperatives ... 

Deer council findings up for review November 2, 2014 Wisconsin, Sawyer County Record
... “Each county’s council will review deer herd metrics, work with stakeholders, and weigh comments and concerns from the public in order to develop preliminary population objective recommendations,” ... 

White deer hit and killed near Platteville, Wis. October 31, 2014 Wisconsin, KWWL 
... On Thursday, Oct. 30, an albino deer was struck and killed on Hwy 151 near Platteville...

Leaner deer herd leads to fewer food pantry venison donations October 31, 2014 Wisconsin, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram 
... The deer herd is lower in much of the state, and the state Leg­is­la­ture abol­ished Earn-a-Buck in 2011 af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing deer hunt in 2009....
Price County, CDAC makes preliminary decision to increase deer herd in Price County October 29, 2014 Wisconsin, Price County Daily
... At the October 21 meeting, there were five votes: four to increase the herd in Price County, and one to maintain.  “As far as I can see, deer damage has been drastically reduced,” said county forester Eric Holm, representing the forestry aspect of the council ...

Deer Hunters Encouraged to Participate in CWD Surveillance October 29, 2014 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Ag Connectio
... The department will also be asking hunters to submit test samples from deer harvested in Dane, Jefferson, southern Dodge, Columbia, and eastern Sauk counties. Sampling will also be concentrated in Washburn, Juneau, Adams and Portage counties ...

Eau Claire, Deer population input sought from hunters October 28, 2014 Wisconsin, WEAU 13 NEWS
... That feedback will impact the amount of deer tags given out in counties for the next three years...  to voice your opinion on the deer herd there are two upcoming sessions.  The first input session is for hunters in Chippewa County on Tuesday night at the courthouse. Eau Claire's Deer Advisory Committee will hold its meeting on Wednesday night at the DNR office in Eau Claire...

Fond du Lac, Dead Fawn in FDL May Have Been Met With Foul Play October 27, 2014 Wisconsin, ABC2 WBAY 
... The penned deer at Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac are an attraction... It had suffered from some type of puncture wound, leading investigators to believe it may have been shot....  "If the community has any information or anything suspicious by all means please give us a call," ... 

Spooner, Deer topic of October 29 meeting at school October 26, 2014 Wisconsin, Spooner Advocate ·
...  the second County Deer Advisory Council meeting being held this fall at the Spooner High School on Wednesday, Oct. 29, starting at 7 p.m ...  public is encouraged to attend and will have a formal opportunity to provide insight during the public comment period of the meeting...

Door deer council seeing too many whitetails October 25, 2014 Wisconsin, The Northwestern 
... "The negative browsing impact on the forests is a big concern," ... the County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) voted unanimously on a preliminary recommendation for a three-year season structure aimed at reducing the deer herd... A public comment period from early November to early December will follow ...

Oneida County, Talking deer herd management October 25, 2014 Wisconsin, Starjournalnow
... The Oneida County Council met Tuesday ... . Those in attendance indicated that they would like to see the deer population in the County increased. To accomplish this objective one suggestion made was to increase logging. Another suggestion was to develop a winter-feeding program ... 

...  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 ...


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. 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.  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 sucees in 2000 was 76 percent, about 37 percent from 1966 to 2009; 40 percent in 2013, 31 percent in 2014. 
     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.  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.   -.DataMine: Deer-hunting statistics, 1966-present
    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)