Wisconsin Deer Population:  About 1.2 million deer in 2015 post-hunt.  In 2014 an estimated 1,182,000 white-tailed deer.  An extremely mild winter in 2015-16 has increased the population particularly in the west central agricultural regions.  Herd analysis at right.  Historical Wisconsin harvest data and news archive.

Wisconsin Deer News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wardens remind hunters of deer baiting ban October 30, 2016 Wisconsin, WSAW
... Chronic Wasting Disease is a fatal disease that affects deer, and unfortunately it has made its way to North Central Wisconsin-- infecting two deer in the Three Lakes area...

Experts call CWD a 'wildfire' October 29, 2016 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
...Chronic wasting disease ... approaching 50% prevalence in bucks and 30% in does in parts of southern Wisconsin ...  hopes for a CWD vaccine have yet to be fulfilled.  Haley, who has extensive experience with the captive cervid industry, said he didn't expect a vaccine to be available for at least several decades... 

... With more than 15 deer farms infected in Wisconsin, Chronic Wasting Disease is on the rise. That prompted the Woodruff DNR Center to take action and begin targeted surveillance in the Three Lakes area ...

... Haley and Samuel said the disease was like a wildfire that is raging in the southern Wisconsin herds where it started and will eventually spread elsewhere... “There’s very little you can do to keep it from getting worse,” ... “There’s very little you can do to keep it from getting worse,” ... difficult to predict how long it will be before there are population declines in Wisconsin’s deer herd like those seen in the West ...

... a baiting and feeding ban that would take effect in those two counties on Nov. 1. A state law that requires the ban was triggered with the discovery of chronic wasting disease in a deer raised on a private hunting preserve in Gillett in late September...

Deer-vehicle collisions inevitable in Wisconsin October 28, 2016 Madison.com
... Wisconsin’s first recorded deer-vehicle collisions occurred in 1937 when conservation wardens salvaged 192 auto-killed deer... No scientific research has found evidence that deer whistles emit any sounds deer can hear, let alone respond to safely and predictable ...

... Wisconsin's County Deer Advisory Councils are now accepting applications to fill vacant seats for the 2017 round of meetings - these councils provide local deer herd management recommendations to the Department of Natural Resources.
Councils play a key role in deer management issues specific to each county....

Committee to review state's CWD plan October 23, 2016 Wisconsin, Stevens Point Journal
... the CWD Response Plan Review Committee, will assess the state's current plan ... The DNR did not provide the first five-year review, prompting the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and the NRB to request a report this year... public input process is being coordinated by the DNR ...
     The public is invited to join Department of Natural Resources staff and other members of the Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan Review Committee Oct. 27 as they discuss and assess the first five years of the DNR's 2010-2025 CWD Response Plan...

GameReg gives hunters options for easy and timely registration in the field or at an in-person registration station October 12, 2016 Wisconsin, WDNR News
     All harvested deer, turkeys, and bear will be registered electronically in 2016. The system will prompt hunters to answer a series of questions, beginning with the carcass tag number and date of birth.  To help ensure every hunter is aware of registration options in 2016, a helpful tutorial is now available online. This video can be viewed in the field or at home, and provides a step by step look at what to expect in 2016... [see video below]

Wisconsin Deer Forecast for 2016 October 11, 2016 Game & Fish
... The winter of 2015-16 will go down as one of the mildest winters on record since the Wisconsin DNR began measuring winter severity in 1960.  Following the previous mild winter of 2014-15, herd growth was evident in most Northern Forest fringe counties and fawn observations this summer were up...

DNR now displaying deer registration tallies October 11, 2016 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has begun to display deer registration tallies on the department’s web page and will continue to do so each week... This is a case of the new licensing and registration systems providing frequent feedback ...

... County deer councils bring more public input into deer management ... The councils didn’t appear to generate widespread interest among the general hunting public until earlier this year when the Waupaca County Council, attempting to stabilize herd growth in the county, made a preliminary recommendation to have an antlerless-only season in 2016...  more than 700 people turned out...

Elk return to Jackson County but are a tough find October 9, 2016 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... in the past two years that elk from Kentucky were trapped, quarantined in a holding pen near a mix of grassland, woods and swamp in the Black River State Forest south of Highway 54 and set free to roam... a goal of 390 elk in the herd...

... The Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) is a DNR program aimed at helping land owners manage their land for deer and other wildlife through habitat and deer management assistance... Some properties enrolled in the DMAP program will be eligible to receive reduced-price antlerless deer tags ...

Deer baiting, feeding ban implemented in Oconto, Menominee counties October 7, 2016 Wisconsin, Fox11online.com
... Baiting and feeding deer will no longer be allowed ... The state Department of Natural Resources is implementing the ban following the discovery of chronic wasting disease in a deer killed at Apple Creek Game Farm in Gillett...

Bygones for Oct. 7 October 7, 2016, Wisconsin, Duluth News Tribune
... [From Oct. 7, 1996]:  Nearly 90,000 Wisconsin hunters have free tags allowing them to shoot whitetail deer in October. The Natural Resources Board set the season to control the growth of the state’s deer herd, now the largest in history at 1.6 million deer....

Help DNR by hunting with trail cameras October 6, 2016 Wisconsin, Madison
... Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, is asking for volunteers to set up trail cameras to assist in learning more about Wisconsin’s wildlife ... Training sessions will be held to assist volunteers in obtaining the best possible information, operations and placement of the cameras and submitting data to the study team...

CWD-positive deer found in Oconto County September 30, 2016 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... A white-tailed deer on an Oconto County hunting preserve has tested positive for the fatal disease [chronic wasting] ...

DNR pushes back CWD response plan updates to spring September 28, 2016 Wisconsin, Fox11online.com
... a 15-year plan that expires in 2025. It calls for reducing local deer herds in isolated areas of infection but centers mostly on monitoring the disease's spread. The agency's board in December 2015 ordered a review of the plan by this December amid concerns that the disease has been spreading unchecked....

Great Lakes and Wyoming wolves at risk ... Septembert 25, 2016 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... The provision that would de-list gray wolves in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Wyoming is designed to keep wolves barred forever from protection by the Endangered Species Act (effectually gutting the law and not allowing science to protect endangered species)... Promote the controversial practice of hunting and chasing after deer with hounds (also known as “deer-dogging”) in certain national forests...

... After about 2 thousand deer were sampled within ten miles of the Shell Lake location where a CWD positive deer was found in 2011, no other positive deer have been detected...

CWD no longer high priority for DNR September 17, 2016 Wisconsin, Madison.com
...  why doesn’t Wisconsin require mandatory deer registration to ensure scientific assessments of CWD’s prevalence and distribution? Tami Ryan, the DNR’s wildlife health section chief, said the agency discussed that possibility, but decided it wasn’t feasible with the state’s new electronic-registration system. The agency also wants to see if voluntary compliance with sampling improves before reinstating mandatory registration...

DNR glosses over Wisconsin's CWD problem September 16, 2016 The Sheboygan Press
...  2015’s tests ... The CWD infection rate hit a record 9.4 percent, with 295 sick deer among the 3,139 tested...  6 percent in 2014 ... researchers at Colorado State University reported that normal human prion proteins were more susceptible to be converted by CWD prions than those from mad-cow disease prions ...
... This groundbreaking research, which stems from Gov. Scott Walker's commitment to reevaluate chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin, will look at factors like predation, habitat conditions, hunter harvest and chronic wasting disease to measure impacts on deer survival and deer populations in southern Wisconsin.  This project will include exciting volunteer opportunities ...

eautiful eight-point buck hanging out in a soybean field, Black Earth Wisconsin


Manitowoc plans another urban deer hunt September 12, 2016 Pennsylvania, WBAY
... a lot of complaints about ornamental flowers and shrubbery that just gets destroyed by them deer ... Since the controlled hunt started 10 years ago, hunters have harvested 247 deer in Manitowoc. But the number of car-deer crashes has actually increased within the city to an average of 54 a year ...

Wisconsin deer hunters have the opportunity to get their deer tested and help with CWD surveillance September 7, 2016 WDNR News
... "We provide testing as a service to deer hunters, but it is also important in our efforts to monitor the distribution and prevalence of the disease," said Tami Ryan, DNR wildlife health section chief. "We will continue testing and tracking this disease within our long-term monitoring areas in southern Wisconsin where CWD is regularly found..." A map of the 2016 CWD sampling area [PDF] ...

CWD causes 10% decline in deer September 3, 2016 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Chronic wasting disease caused an estimated 10% annual population decline in a study of white-tailed deer in Wyoming, according to research published last week... In Wisconsin, the first CWD-positive deer were detected in 2002. As of August, 41 of the state's 72 counties were listed as "CWD affected." ...

... Deer hunters in 10 predominantly forested counties will see buck-only hunting again this year as part of continued efforts to rebuild the deer herd in these areas. Throughout the remainder of the state, antlerless hunting opportunities are available through the use of Farmland Zone and bonus antlerless deer tags...

Robotic decoys help nab poachers August 28, 2016 Wisconsin, The Bulletin
... when he took a temporary job with a taxidermist. One day a game warden walked into the shop near Wausau, Wisconsin, and asked if he could build a robotic deer to help catch an illegal hunter ... Today, his whitetail deer can be made to independently move their ears and tail, stomp their legs and slide on a track that makes them appear to walk...

2016 Hunting and Trapping Forecast August 25, 2016 Wisconsin, WDNR
... An extremely mild winter in 2015-16 and an early spring green-up in 2016 will have a big impact on deer populations across northern Wisconsin. Conditions during the winter of 2014-15 were much milder compared to the very severe winter we experienced in 2013-14. Winter health assessments conducted during late winter and early spring reinforce what we already suspected: body conditions of these deer were in good shape and there was good productivity of does...
DNR seeking information on northern Wisconsin deer poachers August 24, 2016 WAOW
... The deer were shot in the head and most likely were killed between 4 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. Tuesday ... along state Highway 47 in the Town of Woodruff, between Walter Drive and Forest Trail ...

Study Shows Some Deer Genetically Resistant to Chronic Wasting Disease August 23, 2016 Wisconsin, deeranddeerhunting.com
... Thankfully, long gone are the days of Wisconsin trying to wipe out CWD by wiping out deer herds... University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher Stacie Robinson ...  Statistical modeling showed that deer with a particular genotype were four times less likely to contract CWD, and if they did become infected, they lived longer ...

Wausau Deer decisions August 20, 2016 Wisconsin, The Northwoods River News
... the Deer and Elk Advisory Committee met at the Grand Lodge in Wausau ... The resolution that was advanced asked that Earn-a-Buck be returned to the tool box for County Deer Advisory Committees (CDACs) as a tool to be used with a "decrease" deer herd objective... it was agreed that the broad concept of this type of regulation may be something that could be used as an effective tool in deer herd management...

Elk are Back in Wisconsin August 17, 2016 News8000.com - WKBT
... 64 elk shipped in from Kentucky are a precious commodity in Wisconsin, as they are being reintroduced to the state some 150 years after disappearing from the landscape.
"Elk were a native specie not only throughout Wisconsin but throughout the lower 48 states. As European settlers kind of came across the continent... they over harvested Elk during the early to mid-1800's....

2016 Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations [PDF] August 15, 2016 WDNR
... There are 10 counties in whole or in part that are designated as buck-only units...

With the help of 4,000 strategically deployed trail cameras, a suite of remote sensing satellites and a global crowd-sourced database, Wisconsin’s wildlife will soon have its prime time moment. Snapshot Wisconsin, an unprecedented collaboration between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), NASA and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, aims to provide one of the richest and most comprehensive caches of wildlife data for any spot on our planet. - August 15, 2016 Wisconsin


Loss Of Prairies Threaten Local Ecosystems, Expert Says August 12, 2016 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio News
... Only .1 percent of the tall grass prairies that were once prevalent in the Midwest remain  ... providing protection for animals such as deer... native grasses ...  provide good bedding material...

... We found that adult male deer have > 3 fold higher risk of CWD infection than female deer. Males also had higher disease mortality than female deer. As a result CWD prevalence was 2 fold higher in adult males than females. We also evaluated the potential impacts of alternative contact structures on transmission dynamics in Wisconsin deer. Results suggested that transmission of CWD among male deer during the nonbreeding season may be a potential mechanism for producing higher rates of infection and prevalence characteristically found in males...

Deer tracks can supply lots of information August 6, 2016 Wisconsin, Herald Times Reporter
... Over time, the sharp edges and points of the hoof wear away and become more rounded... Looking at a deer track, the tips of the hoof being rounded instead of sharp and pointed points to a more mature deer... Distance between tracks can also help in determining the size of a deer...

Natural Resources Board Passes Rule For Hobby Deer Farmers August 3, 2016 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio News
...  About 40 Wisconsin whitetail deer farms won't have to upgrade their fencing under a rule approved by the Natural Resources Board on Wednesday. ... Conservation groups, including the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, are asking the state to require double-fencing, annual fence inspections and other measures to prevent the spread of CWD. ...

Deer area changes around Alexandria August 1, 2016 Wisconsin, Alexandria Echo Press
... In 67 deer permit areas, hunters must be chosen in a lottery to harvest an antlerless deer (down from 70 areas last season). Only bucks can be hunted in five areas (down from 14 areas). In 32 areas, hunters have the choice of harvesting a doe or a buck (up from 29 areas) ...

     Hunters looking to prepare for another Wisconsin deer hunt and embrace new traditions are reminded to join Department of Natural Resources staff for a livechat Thursday, Aug. 4 at noon. While Thursday's chat provides the nearest opportunity to prepare for time in the field, additional livechats will be held in August and November ...

Debate about deer continues August 1, 2016 Wisconsin, Leader-Telegram
... tourists don’t come to Vilas County to deer hunt anymore.   Instead, they said, deer hunting is considered recreationally extinct in that part of the state.  Both Bayfield and Vilas counties, for the third year in a row, are among a tier of northern counties that have a “bucks only” hunting season designed to increase the deer herd...

Report deer sightings to Operation Deer Watch July 26, 2016 Wisconsin, WDNR News
     Wisconsin's residents can help with deer herd management by participating in this year's Operation Deer Watch, an annual citizen-science survey that collects information on deer. Data from this survey provides insight to the reproductive status of Wisconsin's deer herd for 2016 and helps shape deer management for the state. To get involved, record all bucks, does and fawns seen during the day from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30. Daily observations can be tracked using an online tally sheet ... Data from the survey is additionally used by County Deer Advisory Councils (CDAC) when developing deer season framework, harvest quotas and permit level recommendations.

Deer study aims to improve habitat at County Parks July 23, 2016 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
...  Barloga Woods ... lots of big trees but virtually no understory... the county's goal was to collect information in a sound, scientific process that it could then present to the public and elected officials as it considers management options...  other means of deer population reduction also could be considered ... sharpshooting of deer ...

St. Clair man fights to save lives of deer herd at farm July 14, 2016 Wisconsin, Fox 2 Detroit
... He's been helping his neighbor care for the herd for years and continued, even after his neighbor passed away.  Now the farm is for sale and the deer are at risk of being put down by the state at the deer farm in Clyde Township.  But the time for the deer time here may be ending soon if these folks can't get some help...

Deer Management Assistance Program Still Growing July 13, 2016 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Ag Connection
... in its third year ...  the Department of Natural Resources received 228 new DMAP applications  covering over 124,000 acres ...

... The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has added two new deer field biologists to its ranks. Matt Esser will be stationed in Black River Falls, while Curt Rollman will work out of Rhinelander..."They will work directly with landowners, hunters and the general public that have a keen interest in white-tailed deer management...

Legislators extend deer farm fencing exception July 12, 2016 Wisconsin, Lexington Herald Leader
... A legislative committee has extended emergency rules allowing captive deer farmers to opt out of the state's chronic wasting disease monitoring program without upgrading their fences...

2016 Deer Hunt Prospects July 12, 2016 Wisconsin, WSAU
... the winter in the Northwoods was one of the mildest in decades.  "It actually followed after another fairly mild winter. So, we've had back-to-back mild winters. That's the recipe increasing your deer herd" ...

Legislators' wolf summit just more rhetoric July 8, 2016 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... Recent DNR studies in northwestern Wisconsin linked bears to nine (20 percent) of the 46 radio-collared fawns killed by predators in spring and summer from 2011 to 2013. Further, bobcats were linked to six (13 percent) of the dead fawns, coyotes to five (11 percent), and wolves to one (2 percent) ...

Deer herd rebounding June 28, 2016 Wisconsin, WiscNews
... Sauk County has one of the highest populations in the state. Frost said it’s thanks to abundant cropland, forests, ridges and valleys.  “Sauk County has some great habitat,”  ... The year beat 2014 and 2013 deer kills, 7,329 and 7,113, respectively, but didn’t top 2012 ...

... the deer was disoriented and in need of help, as it was suffering from a broken leg... nothing I could do for him. Tears were flowing from many of the shoppers and workers ...

... Discontinue baiting and feeding of deer statewide.  CWD is spread through feces and oral contact, and concentrating deer over bait and feed just increases opportunities for spread.  Captive cervid facilities that have one deer test positive for CWD should be considered high risk.  These farms need to be double fenced...

DNR discusses rates of CWD in area June 23, 2016 Wisconson, Beloit Daily News
... during the past 14 years, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported the prevalence of CWD in adult male deer in its western monitoring area has risen from 8 to 10 percent to about 30 percent... In adult females, the prevalence has risen from about 3 to 4 percent to nearly 15 percent...

...  over-winter monitoring show between 866 and 897 wolves are roaming the state, up 16 percent from last year's count of 746 to 771 ...

'Tis the season for cars vs. deer June 13, 2016 Wisconsin, Beloit Daily News
... Other than the October and November, months around hunting season, June has historically been one of the worst months for deer collisions in the state of Wisconsin... “Last year in Wisconsin, two out of the five people killed in crashes with deer were motorcyclists,” ...

Board approves 2016 deer regulations June 11, 2016 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... a 14% statewide increase in antlerless deer quota but also 10 counties with buck-only regulations.  The differences reflect a burgeoning herd in much of the state while deer numbers remain lower than desired in some northern counties... the board accepted all recommendations of the state's fledgling County Deer Advisory Committees ...

Spike in positive tests spurs new CWD initiatives June 6, 2016 Wisconsin, Wisfarmer
...  a new $10,000 research project has begun on a small deer farm in southern Wisconsin. "USDA personnel recently tranquilized all the animals and collected live tissue samples so they can determine their genotype and if they have CWD. The animals will them be monitored to see how long they live, and if they die from CWD." ...

Feds consider endangered listing for moose June 2, 2016 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette
... moose numbers have been dropping in Minnesota — from 8,480 in 2006 to 4,020 this year ... The moose is classified as a state protected species in Wisconsin...

... an unprecedented effort to capture in space and time the deer, bears, elk ... over 500 motion-sensing cameras have been placed in strategic locations ... the data collected will be paired with NASA’s vast databank of satellite imagery and other potentially relevant data...

WisDOT says June has been ranked either the worst or second worst month for motorists' injuries from deer crashes for the past five years. - June 1, 2016


...  The CWD rates for bucks in Iowa County preview the pattern that Wisconsin will see throughout the state as CWD increases. Iowa County’s rates in 2015 ranged from 48 percent for bucks more than 4 years old, 35.5 percent for 3.5-year-olds, 21.3 percent for 2.5-year-olds and 14.9 percent for 1.5-year-olds. Additionally, one of 22 buck fawns was infected...

... "In the farm country [of the southern part of the county], we're seeing a little bit heavier population when it comes to Langlade County, versus the heavier timbered areas in the northern part of the county," ...

Natural Resources Board approves deer harvest quotas May 25, 2016 Wisconsin, hngnews.com
...  bonus deer hunting permits, in addition to farmland zone permits included with each deer hunting license, will include 22,775 permits valid on public access lands (compared to 18,450 in 2015) and 136,875 permits valid on private lands (compared to 125,375 in 2015) ...

Wisconsin DNR board approves reducing buck-only counties May 25, 2016 Minneapolis Star Tribune
...Buck-only designations are designed to protect does, allowing them to give birth and grow the herd... signaling they believe the herd in that region is rebounding...  unanimously adopted a fall gun season framework that makes 10 northern Wisconsin counties buck-only...
     
... researchers hope to place as many as 6,000 motion-activated trail cameras across the state...  a project that could help answer just how many deer and other creatures roam the state... Hunters have disputed the DNR's deer population estimates ... arguing the agency has overestimated ...

Walker needs to follow through on CWD May 20, 2016 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... more suggestions ... Implement Kroll’s recommendation for immediate systematic sampling around new CWD discoveries... Ban all deer baiting and feeding statewide... Work with the Legislature to restore “earn-a-buck” regulations as a management tool...

State must get serious about fighting deer disease May 18, 2016 Wisconsin, Gazettextra
... new steps to battle chronic wasting disease ... The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, the state’s largest conservation group, recommends 11 steps including double fencing at deer farms, annual state inspections of fencing and requiring those farmers to inspect fences monthly and after storms...

... May 17 marks the official start of Snapshot Wisconsin ...  500 cameras have been deployed, mostly in Iowa and Sawyer counties ... DNR plans to use Snapshot Wisconsin data to help inform county deer advisory councils on deer and their predators...
     Wisconsin trail cam project goes live May 18, 2016 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Snapshot Wisconsin is live... "Something like this has never been done before, not for such a large area," said UW–Madison Professor of Forest and Wildlife Ecology Phil Townsend, a leader on the project ...

Wasting away: Some fear that chronic wasting disease is spinning out of control May 18, 2016 Wisconsin, Madison
... At the request of the DNR, he has shot down deer that were too sick to run away ... in the middle of a 144-square-mile cauldron of deer and disease centered in Iowa County’s Wyoming Valley ... if he shoots a doe, there’s roughly a one-in-four chance that it’s going to have CWD. If he shoots a buck, it’s essentially a flip of the coin...
... A month ago, in Waupaca, 700 people showed up at the county deer advisory council meeting, eventually convincing the council to vote down a controversial proposal to ban buck hunting.  Rob Bohmann, Wisconsin Conservation Congress Chair, says, “We’re seeing an increase in participation from citizens ...

... Directing the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to conduct a comprehensive study of deer population dynamics; Creating Best Management Practices for the deer farm industry; Conducting more frequent fence inspections; and Developing quicker test results for hunters... 193,000 deer have already been tested in Wisconsin, more than any other state...

LSLRP funding available for area landowners May 13, 2016 Wisconsin, Ashland Daily Press
... Forest landowners and agricultural operators with interest in enhancing wildlife on their land need to sign up early for LSLRP funding. Gary Haughn, with the USDA−Natural Resources Conservation Service, District Conservationist in Ashland, said that parties interested in Environmental Quality Incentives Program need to apply by June 10...

Voters speak up about natural resource issues May 12, 2016 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune
... Conservation-minded Wisconsin citizens recently showed their displeasure with the lack of professionalism in the top level of the state’s natural resources management... La Crosse County Congress voters, who met at Onalaska High School, voted 67-5 to support having the Natural Resources Board rather than the governor appoint the DNR secretary....

... a beloved white tail dear was poached in December, Milwaukee County Parks ... 11-point buck — called "Bow Tie" ... A shoulder mount will be returned for display ...

... The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation's letter to Walker, announced Thursday, asked him to impose regulations designed to keep CWD from spreading from captive deer to wild deer. The recommendations include requiring farms to double fence, installing warning devices that can detect open gates ...

Lawmakers discussing solutions to combat CWD April 27, 2016 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune, Rep. Chris Danou
... some of the suggestions we gave:   Consider intensive culls in sites where new infections have been discovered ... Study whether lures that contain deer urine or other bodily fluids or parts such as tarsal glands (attractants) contain CWD prions...

Scott Walker wants CWD strategies ramped up April 26, 2016 Wisconsin, Appleton Post Crescent
... State Reps. Chris Danou (D-Trempealeau) and Nick Milroy (D-South Range) presented six CWD management recommendations to the governor's staff, including intensive culls at new infection sites and requiring double fencing at captive deer facilities...

Price County, Recommendation of 500 antlerless quota sent to NRB April 26, 2016 Wisconsin, apg-wi.com
... Even with a quota of 500 antlerless deer, including an estimated 300 from the youth hunt, military and disabled, the deer herd should still see a 19 percent overall increase ...

CDAC, sportsmen disagree on deer quota numbers April 26, 2016 Wisconsin, apg-wi.com
... when the deer population plummets, as it has in recent years, sportsmen become concerned and, in some cases, angry.  The Washburn County Deer Advisory Council is tasked with managing the deer herd ... We have a logging industry and a forestry products industry that produces a lot of money for Washburn County. That’s a consideration ... The majority of people thought there were too many public land tags discussed in March ...

Sawyer County, Deer council stays with zero quota April 22, 2016 Wisconsin, apg-wi.com
... ratified by a 4-0 vote its preliminary recommendations of a zero quota for antlerless deer, including no junior antlerless tags, for the 2016 deer bow, crossbow, rifle and muzzle loader season... Stowell said the deer herd did not significantly grow in 2015 even with the zero quota of antlerless deer....

CWD hit a record high this year and that has some State Representatives talking - April 22, 2016, Wisconsin


Evaluating a strategy to deliver vaccine to white‐tailed deer at a landscape level  JW Fischer, CR Blass, WD Walter, CW Anderson… - Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2016
... During 17 February and 2 March 2011, we created a grid of experimental bait stations (n = 64) on Sandhill Wildlife Management Area, Wisconsin ... We found no correlation between bait consumption and deer density or the number of bait stations per deer. We provide the first information on use of baits by free-ranging deer and nontarget wildlife to eventually vaccinate deer against bTB at a landscape level...

Committee votes down proposed game farm April 22, 2016 Wisconsin, Ashland Daily Press
... the Bayfield County Planning and Zoning Committee held a Public Hearing ... to gather public input on the proposed Game Farm ... Dirk commented that he believes people use chronic wasting disease as a weapon against game farms because they have misconception about the style of hunting... Whitetails of Wisconsin President Rick Vojtik ...spoke in favor of the game farm...

CWD recommendations made to Scott Walker April 21, 2016 Wisconsin, Appleton Post Crescent
... Two Democratic legislators ... suggested the following steps ... double-fencing of captive deer farms ... Consider intensive culls at sites where new infections have been discovered... Analyze other states' policies regarding baiting and feeding of deer...

Green Bay Press Gazette
... Hunters still don’t want to shoot does, or at least not many of them. And they still claim the deer aren’t there, even though Tuesday night’s standing-room-only crowd of about 750 represented Waupaca County ... didn’t leave until Waupaca’s County Deer Advisory Council voted 4-1 to abandon its recommendation to forbid buck hunting in the county this fall...

Wisconsin elk reintroduction project highlights strong partnerships April 21, 2016 DEC News
... The goal of this multi-year reintroduction project [PDF] is to work closely with partners to establish a second elk herd in central Wisconsin and bolster the existing herd in northern Wisconsin. The 39 elk trapped in Kentucky in 2016 will be released in Jackson County, while the remaining years of this project will focus on adding up to 75 elk to the Clam Lake elk herd that was established in 1995...

... Republican Gov. Scott Walker is considering Democrats' calls to launch another attempt to aggressively kill deer in hopes of containing chronic wasting disease ... After spending millions of dollars on the eradication effort, the DNR backed off in 2010. The agency adopted a new plan that called for monitoring the spread but included no broad actions to contain ...

...  2,500 antlerless tags on private lands and none for public lands ... the measure is projected to help increase the deer herd by approximately 20 percent...

Winona, Prairie Island just got a little more colorful April 20, 2016 Wisconsin, LaCrosse Tribune
... The city-owned Lefty Hymes Deer Park at Prairie Island got its first white deer this week... the deer is white, but not an albino ...

... Hundreds of hunters ... voicing their opposition ...  “This last year was the least amount of deer that have ever seen hunting in the 50 plus years. So the population is way down, we have lots of wolves, bear in there, and I think it’s affecting the population. If it’s overpopulated, I’m not seeing it by our area.” ...

Wisconsin Conservationists Push For Double-Fencing Of Deer Farms April 18, 2016 Wisconsin Public Radio News
... A higher rate of chronic wasting disease among Wisconsin deer is prompting state lawmakers and citizens to call for more aggressive action to prevent the disease’s spread.  The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and 14 county delegations of Wisconsin’s Conservation Congress have passed resolutions to require double-fencing of captive deer farms. Eight counties passed resolutions to ban them entirely...

April CDAC meetings April 15, 2016 Wisconsin, DNR News
    After the online public feedback period closes on April 17, the April County Deer Advisory Council meetings will offer a final opportunity to provide feedback on 2016 deer season recommendations.  CDACs will meet between April 18-21 in all Wisconsin counties to finalize their recommendations for the 2016 deer hunting seasons.  All CDAC meetings are open to public attendance and comments.  To find your county’s meeting date and location, go to dnr.wi.gov, keyword “CDAC” and click “Find” to access your county’s information.

Washburn County, WCDA meets April 18 on structure for deer season April 16, 2016 Wisconsin, apg-wi.com
... has recommended a harvest quota of 4,340 ... The number of tags needed to achieve the harvest quota is based on historical data that less than 40 percent of tag holders will be successful... expected to increase the county’s 2017 deer herd by 10 percent...


Last call to comment on 2016 deer hunt April 15, 2016 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
...  .... If you don’t attend but still want to review county recommendations and provide comments, do so this weekend by completing an online survey at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/cdac.html ...

More Deer With CWD Have Some Questioning State's Management Plan April 15, 2016 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio News
... According to the DNR's Hauge, research shows the prevalence and spread of CWD increased during the state’s more aggressive approach to managing the deer herd. The state once used longer seasons, liberal bag limits and sharpshooting for a limited period of time to prevent the spread of CWD...

Chronic wasting spreads in Wis. deer herd April 14. 2016 Wisconsin, KARE
... more than 9 percent of white-tailed deer tested last year were positive for CWD...
     Governor Walker defends state efforts to address CWD April 14, 2016 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Radio Network
... Governor Scott Walker is denying his administration has not taken an aggressive enough approach to deal with the issue... Walker added that science will drive any action the state takes, not politics ...
     Spike in positive CWD tests is a cause for concern April 13, 2016 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... The 2015 prevalence rate was the highest since the disease was discovered in the state in 2002 and represented a spike of more than 50% from the previous year... The DNR processed 3,133 deer for CWD testing last year; 295 were positive (9.4%)...

Big DNR deer-poaching case tossed out over lack of warrant for GPS April 13, 2016 Wisconsin, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... The judge ruled that a warrant was needed to attach a GPS device to suspect's truck... the head-and-shoulder mounts, or racks, of 37 dead deer that officers confiscated ...  an intact piebald white-tailed fawn  ... must be returned ... 

Sheriff 'shocked' by video depicting injured deer, unborn fawn April 12, 2016 Wisconsin, Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3
... The video posted online ... "Found out the deer I shot yesterday was actually 2 of em lmao."  Another clip shows a young man riding a deer that appears to be shot and the deer struggling to move.  A third clip shows a pile of entrails and says, "two more babies." ...

Officials at the Department of Natural Resources are investigating a possible violation of deer hunting rules after seeing a video that was shared on Facebook claiming "torture" of a deer.

Hunters call video depicted dying deer 'absolutely wrong' April 13, 2016 Wisconsin, Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3
... Tim Verhoff, a former assistant district attorney in Dance County, said it's not clear whether the two actually broke any laws. State law also protects hunting, which means hunters are allowed to kill wild animals... 

Reminder: CDAC public comment period April 12, 2016 Wisconsin, WDNR News
     If you haven’t already provided your input on the 2016 CDAC quota, permit level and season structure recommendations, now is your chance to help shape the 2016 deer season in your county.  By completing the online public feedback form, your thoughts and comments on the local deer herd will be sent directly to your CDAC for consideration when finalizing deer season recommendations for 2016....
...  in 2014, following a series of bad winters and other adverse conditions, the Ashland County Deer Advisory Council recommended increasing deer numbers ... Last year, as you know, Ashland County was a county that didn’t allow antlerless hunting... Hamm said despite that restriction, there had not been an appreciable increase of deer in Ashland County...

Sheriff 'shocked' by video depicting injured deer, unborn fawn April 12, 2016 Wisconsin, Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3
... The video posted online ... "Found out the deer I shot yesterday was actually 2 of em lmao."  Another clip shows a young man riding a deer that appears to be shot and the deer struggling to move.  A third clip shows a pile of entrails and says, "two more babies." ...

Iron County Deer Advisory Council to meet on 2016 season April 9, 2016 Wisconsin, Your Daily Globe.com
... the Iron County Deer Advisory Council is meeting April 18 to provide the public a final opportunity to comment on the council’s recommendation of not allowing any antlerless deer to be killed in Iron County during the 2016 hunting season...

3 rare albino deer caught on camera April 8, 2016 Wisconsin, WDAM-TV
... It's illegal to shoot albino deer in Wisconsin ...

The Deer Study - A Closer Look at the White-tailed Deer April 7, 2016 Wisconsin, WIDNRTV 
... Over the past three years the Wisconsin DNR has been working to gain a greater understanding of the life cycle for White-tailed deer. [Click on this link to read the full report]

Deer herd, use of lead issues for Conservation Congress meeting Monday April 7, 2016 Wisconsin, Baraboo News Republic
... “Citizens have the opportunity to weigh in on natural resources issues that may affect them,” ... “Last year was the very first year of CDAC and the board voted for keeping the population where it is,”  ...

County Deer Advisory Councils April 5, 2016 Wisconsin, DNR News
... Review recommendations: Each county's 2016 preliminary deer season recommendations [PDF] are now available for public review  ...You can also review your county's deer herd data.  Provide feedback: provide your feedback on these recommendations during the online public comment period from April 4 - 17.
Provide feedback on CDAC recommendations.  Questions or comments? Contact your local CDAC members or email DNR CDAC Webmail.  April 18- 21: CDACs meet to set final recommendations. Find meeting dates in your county.

Buck Only Recommendation in Oneida, Vilas County’s 2016 Hunt April 5, 2016 Wisconsin, WJJQ
... Oneida and Vilas Counties are among nine, mostly northern counties suggesting a buck only season, much like last year... Additional county data available...

Eau Claire County, Deer Advisory Councils propose deer harvest quota April 5, 2016 Wisconsin, WQOW
... Eau Claire County recommended ... dropping the antlerless deer quota to 1300 in the central farmland zone .. For the central forest zone ... an antlerless deer quota to more than 1220, which is nearly double compared to 2015 ...

State stops paying to pick up carcasses on local roads April 4, 2016 Wisconsin, Portage Daily Register
... As of about a month ago, Hardy said, the state stopped paying to get rid of dead deer on roads that aren’t state or federal highways ... 

Opportunity For Deer Management Input April 1, 2016 Wisconsin, WBAY
... Starting Monday, anyone with an interest in Wisconsin’s deer population will have the opportunity to review their county’s proposed deer harvest and management plans for this year, and offer their input...

Deer talk may dominate conservation hearings March 31, 2016 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... deer hunters statewide were shocked last week when citizens serving on the Waupaca County Deer Advisory Council voted unanimously to impose antlerless-only hunting seasons this autumn in hopes of slowing the herd’s growth. ... The CDACs cannot impose earn-a-buck restrictions [illegal] ...

It was a mild winter in the Northwest March 31, 2016 Wisconsin, apg-wi.com
... In Wisconsin, the average winter severity index through March 2016 was approximately 20. The winter severity index for the record-setting winter of 2013-14 was 149, and biologists will continue to keep an eye on winter conditions through April.  In a deer mortality study, the department found that over-winter mortality is strongly related to winter severity ...

Albino deer disappear March 31, 2016 Wisconsin, Exponent
... The two albino fawns, along with their mother, first showed up on the UW-Platteville campus in June of 2014... eventually became a part of the regular setting for students on campus. ... April 19, 2015, was the last sighting of either ... approximately 1 year of age at that point and had likely chosen to relocate...

Federal wildlife and fish restoration funds keep flowing March 30, 2016 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Wisconsin will receive nearly $33 million this year — its second-highest total — as part of the federal Wildlife Restoration and Sport Fish Restoration programs ... Last year the ... wildlife management portion featured $3 million for deer management, including implementation of recommendations of the deer trustee report...

New Hot Pink Hunting Gear Has Women Hunters Seeing Red March 29, 2016 Wisconsin, National Geographic
... Wisconsin ... became the first to legalize blaze pink hunting gear... Advocates for women hunters, though, say the pink agenda is misguided and even insulting. Women who hunt do so for food, fun, or empowerment—not because of fashion...

Support for deer feeding ban March 29,  2016 Wisconsin, Lakeland Times
 ...I am a retired wildlife biologist ... CWD [chronic wasting disease] is a real concern! It is not junk science! Any baiting and/or feeding will elevate the risk to white-tailed deer and your future outdoor experiences regarding white-tail hunting. It is a no brainer ...  A generation of hunters that believe the best way to harvest a deer is tied directly to a corn pile. Wow, has hunting changed...
     End the feeding ban March 29, 2016 Wisconsin, Lakeland Times     
...  the deer farm in Three Lakes (where CWD was allegedly diagnosed and reported), can continue to feed deer with unlimited amounts of feed ... Yet private land owners who want to feed wild deer on their land - a deer population where no CWD has ever been detected in any deer in these three counties in over 10 years of testing- are prohibited from feeding deer on their private property...

Waupaca County, Controversial antlerless deer regulation takes center stage in Waupaca County March 26, 2016 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... in Waupaca County, where Tuesday the CDAC members voted for antlerless-only regulations for its 2016 deer hunts... The goal ... reduce the reproductive capacity of the herd... The Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker removed arguably the most effective measure — Earn-A-Buck — in a 2011 law change...

Douglas County, Local deer council is cautiously optimistic March 26, 2016 Wisconsin, Superior Telegram
... The population would appear to have made a little uptick ... The deer population in northern Wisconsin remains low ...  the 2015-16 winter is on record as one of the five mildest in the past 35 years ...

39 elk arrive from Kentucky March 25, 2016 Michigan, MDNR News
... There have been recent reports of some bucks still holding last year's antlers due to the mild winter, but Clam Lake bull elk are starting to drop their antlers. In year two of elk reintroduction efforts, 39 elk from Kentucky have reached their new home in Jackson County this week. The elk will be held in an acclimation pen in the Black River State Forest through a quarantine period to satisfy health testing requirements before joining the elk that were released last year....

Pierce County, Increased county deer quota is considered March 24, 2016 Wisconsin, Pierce County Herald
... The Pierce County Deer Advisory Council is considering a slight increase in the county antlerless harvest quota for the fall 2016 hunting season... pre-hunt deer herd population estimates show a 4 percent increase from last year. The increase has set the preliminary antlerless harvest quota at 4,400...

Public comment period for preliminary antlerless harvest quota recommendations begins April 4 March 22, 2016 Wisconsin, WDNR News
     County Deer Advisory Councils will release their preliminary recommendations regarding antlerless harvest quotas, permit levels and season structure for public review on April 4. These recommendations will help determine the 2016 Wisconsin deer hunting season structure ...

Deer hunting survey bill headed to House floor March 21, 2016 Wisconsin, Worthington Daily Globe
... the legislature approved a law requiring the DNR to conduct a hunting survey. My language requires the DNR to survey deer hunters...

Sawyer County deer council recommends bucks-only March 21, 2016 Wisconsin, apg-wi.com
...  “Even though 57 percent of the land in the county is public and there are more hunters on private land, over two-thirds of the deer harvested are on private lands.” ... The zero antlerless hunting quotas we’ve had in Sawyer County the past two years is having an effect” in increasing the deer herd ...

Dodge County deer management reviewed March 20, 2016 Wisconsin, WisNews
... chose to increase the herd with, as Samerdyke stated, “subtle increases, no leaps and bounds.” ... Though well short of the goal of a 20 percent increase by 2017, the council’s preliminary stance is to keep their quotas and antlerless tag numbers roughly the same...

Sampling results provide current snapshot of CWD in state March 17, 2016 Wisconsin, Leader-Telegram
... sampled more than 3,100 deer for chronic wasting disease statewide in 2015. In all, 290 positive detections were made, primarily within the endemic area in southern Wisconsin... prevalence continues to increase within the department's long-term monitoring area in southwest Wisconsin ...

DNR denial can't change CWD truths March 17, 2016 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... the DNR deliberately disguises an ever-worsening disease and its looming impact on the herd and recreational hunting. And it barely acknowledges CWD’s human-health uncertainties...At 9.5 percent, the record-setting 2015 CWD infection rate marked the state’s 10th straight annual increase...

County Deer Advisory Council meetings March 10, 2016 Wisconsin, WDNR News
     If you have an opinion on antlerless harvest quotas, permit levels and season structure in your county, you are encouraged to attend your local County Deer Advisory Council meeting to provide input.  CDACs will meet between March 14 - 24 in all Wisconsin counties to develop recommendations for the 2016 deer hunting seasons.  To find your county's meeting date and location, go to dnr.wi.gov, keyword "CDAC" and click "Find" to access your county's information.

Door County, Meetings to address growing deer herd · March 11, 2016 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette
... The buck kill doubled the antlered harvest in 2008, which was the fourth season in five years with earn-a-buck rules in effect.  With no earn-a-buck since, the local herd has seen incredible growth, and last year’s harvest exceeded 30 deer per square mile of deer range in Kewaunee County, nearly double Door County’s kill per square/deer range....

DNR wrong putting moose over deer March 8, 2016 Wisconsin, Ely Echo
... The DNR’s proposal to reduce deer populations in northeast Minnesota ... We want to see the state’s moose population rebound but we don’t want to see the DNR resort to unproven methods that have no scientific basis... We’ve heard from numerous hunters ... The response has been overwhelmingly opposed. The deer population is already at a very low level ...

Sawyer Deer Advisory Council to meet March 14 March 7, 2016 Wisconsin, apg-wi.com
...The council will review deer population data and other key information in order to develop preliminary antlerless quota and permit level recommendations on public and private lands... At March meetings, each council will continue to work toward population objectives through the 2017 deer seasons...

County deer advisory committees set to meet statewide  March 4, 2016 Wisconsin, Madison
... The state’s County Deer Advisory Councils will meet March 14-24 statewide to discuss their area’s deer herds and antlerless harvest quotas.  The citizen-based CDAC meetings are open to the public...

Goodbye backtags, and good riddance March 3, 2016 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... hunters will head to the woods without pinning a state-issued identification tag between their shoulders for the first time since 1941... asked voters attending statewide hearings whether we should abolish backtags. Of the 5,062 who voted, 56 percent (2,813) said no, keep them ...

Former DNR Board Chair Concerned About Elk, CWD Threat In Jackson County February 29, 2016 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio News
... plan to reintroduce another 40 elk to Jackson County amid concerns the herd will be exposed to the fatal chronic wasting disease.  Three surrounding counties have had cases of CWD ... 

... One of the misbeliefs is the relationship of the moon to the rut.  "There's no correlation whatsoever," Winand said... He also visits the topic of putting out minerals to increase antler growth.  "False," ...

Wisconsin Ojibwe Stress Environmental Unity at State of the Tribes Address February 25, 2016 Wisconsin, Indian Country Today Media Network
... A diet predominating in fish, deer, wild rice and berries carries the risk of being tainted by pollution... an alarming increase in cases of chronic wasting disease among farmed deer, especially given a series of escapes that put the wild population at risk ...

Ashwaubenon thins deer population February 18, 2016 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette
... The village relaxed rules on urban deer hunting to allow residents to hunt on private property within 50 yards of an occupied building with neighbors’ permission...

Wisconsin's Paradoxical Containment of Deer and Disease February 17, 2016 Wisconsin, Wauwatosa Now 
... shooting a captive deer off of a feeder on a deer farm.  This activity incorporates all of the bad elements of baiting along with the colossal challenge of picking-off a barnyard animal... Of concern to those of us real hunters is the risk to the otherwise healthy wild deer herd when an infected captive deer escapes.  Not to worry however – the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) standard is to inspect a deer farm fence once every ten years...

DNR public hearings at hand February 13, 2016 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... The harvest of antlerless deer in buck-only management units has become a hot topic in recent years... youth hunters still can take an antlerless deer statewide. The Natural Resources Board will ask: Do you support eliminating exceptions that allow harvest of antlerless deer in buck-only units where an antlerless deer quota of zero has been established? ...

Deer provide a sense of peace, connection February 13, 2016 Wisconsin, Herald Times Reporter
... While we may dislike deer when they eat our favorite flowers out of our garden bed, they serve an important purpose in our ecosystem. Deer help plant populations grow by eating fruit and spreading seeds through digestion...

Two deer that escaped farm had chronic wasting disease February 10, 2016 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... Two white-tailed deer that escaped last year and spent months outside an Eau Claire County deer farm were found to have chronic wasting disease ... The bucks each spent more than five months roaming the rural area around Fairchild before being shot and tested...

Shed hunting season just beginning February 9, 2016 Wisconsin, Stevenspointjournal
... many of the deer bucks who shed their antlers every year beginning the end of January and continuing until April...The key is to find the food source that the deer have been using this winter ... There now are numerous people that train their dogs to help find antler sheds ...

World Class Buck Poached Near Shiocton February 6, 2016 Wisconsin, WBAY
... we’ve all gotten the deer on camera, and we’ve seen it hunting, and for it to be killed in this manner, we just want to bring whoever did it to justice...
     Anger over illegal killing of prize buck February 6, 2016 Wisconsin, WKOW
... "Somebody just went out, wrong time of year and killed the biggest and baddest buck that's been running around that we've been watching, it stinks ...

CWD-positive white-tailed deer found on Iowa County farm February 5, 2016 Wisconsin, Lakeland Times
... The 2-year-old buck, which was born on the farm and killed after sustaining an injury, was one of only 15 deer reported to be on the 1-acre farm ...The owner keeps a small number of deer for public exhibition ...

Walker signs law allowing hunters to wear blaze pink February 4, 2016 Wisconsin, Investment Underground 
...  Terry Moulton, R-Chippewa Falls, proposed the bill, saying it was created to provide more options for hunters and boost interest in the pursuit at a time hunter numbers are declining...

Minocqua Wants DNR To Reconsider Deer Feeding Ban February 3, 2016 Wisconsin, wxpr.org
... Minocqua resident Dean Crist, who has a petition on-line against the ban, told town supervisors Tuesday that the ban is ineffective in controlling CWD and deprives people who want to feed wildlife of their property rights....

Deer season still on the minds of hunters January 29, 2016 Wisconsin, Starjournalnow
... there is no shortage of hunters who are complaining. We have not talked to any groups who would say that their group of hunters did well... 

... A white-tailed deer on a quarantined farm in Iowa County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease ... the 2-year-old buck — which was born on the farm and killed after sustaining an injury — was one of 15 deer living on the one-acre farm...

Wisconsin's Deer Management Assistance Program now accepting applications for 2016 January 27, 2016 WDNR
... Conservation-minded landowners and hunters can maximize wildlife habitat potential through Wisconsin's Deer Management Assistance Program. DMAP promotes wildlife habitat management on properties of any size that complements land use activities like agriculture and timber management...

'Shame on the DNR' January 26, 2016 Wisconsin, Lakeland Times
... I and many of my friends feel that the timing of the DNR ban on feeding deer is deplorable. Based on scant evidence of a CWD threat, the DNR has chosen to stop the feeding of deer at the onset of the most brutal part of the winter season...

Nearly $300K in compensation to deer farmer raises eyebrows January 22, 2016 Wisconsin, Eau Claire Leader
... [deer] put down by federal and state agricultural staff in November because of chronic wasting disease detected in the herd ... it was the Legislature that in 2003 took regulation of captive deer herds away from the state Department of Natural Resources and gave it to the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection...

Landowners start planning for fall deer season January 20, 2016 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
...  the Deer Management Assistance Program... Started in 2014, the program is designed to help landowners improve wildlife habitat as well as to bolster the working relationship between hunters and state resource managers... about 700 landowners and nearly 88,000 acres enrolled ...

... It has been 13 years since chronic wasting disease was discovered in Wisconsin... Despite fewer tests, the DNR’s research shows the disease is slowly spreading.  Since 2002, CWD prevalence within the state’s western monitoring area, which includes Iowa County, has shown an overall increasing trend in both sexes and all age groups...

Second CWD-positive deer found in Oneida County January 17, 2016 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... The 5-year-old buck was shot at Three Lakes Trophy Ranch LLC in Three Lakes. The agency received the CWD-positive report on the animal Dec. 29...

Republicans look to eliminate minimum hunting age January 17, 2016 Wisconsin, Beaumont Enterprise 
... Right now, children as young as 10 can hunt in Wisconsin without passing a safety course if they're accompanied by a mentor...

State pays farmer $298,000 for infected deer herd January 16, 2016 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
...  farmer whose deer herd was depopulated after it was found to be infected with chronic wasting disease. ... More than a dozen deer escaped the facility last year but all were captured or killed, according to Rick Rosen, regional warden supervisor for the Department of Natural Resources...

Albino Deer 'Merlin' Killed in Washington County January 14, 2016 Wisconsin, CBS 58 News
... a vehicle that struck and critically injured an albino deer... a citizen stopped and noticed the deer was injured and suffering... decided to shoot the deer with his pistol...  the deer was a Holy Hill legend affectionately named “Merlin” ...

Wisconsin legislative committee OKs hunter blaze pink bill January 14, 2016 TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
... The Senate's agriculture committee approved the bill on a 7-2 vote ...

29-year-old Jason Elliott, “Bow Tie” the deer’s poacher, ordered to pay $1,540 in fines January 12, 2016 Wisonsin, FOX 6 Now
... Bow Tie was killed with a crossbow in the Menomonee River Parkway in Wauwatosa ... beloved by many who frequently walk the Oak Leaf Trail near Highway 100 and Hampton...

... The DNR points to scientific tests conducted since the state discovered CWD in Wisconsin in 2000 as evidence that banning deer feeding helps limit the odds of the deadly disease spreading.  "If you reduce the number of baiting and feeding sites, you reduce the number of deer that come into contact, lick the same ground, touch noses, whatever the case may be," ...
CWD Leads to Deer Feeding Ban in Vilas, Forest and Oneida Counties January 8, 2016 Wisconsin, WJJQ
... Once the ban goes into effect, it will bring the overall total to 41 counties statewide...
 

This video captures a very rare herd of Pied/Calico whitetail deer were once common in Northern range. Due to over hunting in 1800's most were killed off. Recessive gene appears once every 20,000 births. Shalom Wildlife Sanctuary, West Bend, WI


...Kroll, in a video message, told the NRB and the rest of Wisconsin that, “It has been my prediction that we are going to begin to see a decline in the white-tailed deer across its range.” He cited several causes for this expected trend, noting a deterioration of habitat, a significant increase of predator populations, and increasing disease...

Deer 'management' not effective January 1, 2016 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... Final harvest totals: bucks, 61.75 percent; does 38.25 percent.  If the goal was to boost deer numbers statewide that would do it. But only one-third of Wisconsin – primarily our Northern and Central forests -- called for increases. The rest (46 management units) had a citizen mandate to maintain (stabilize) or decrease deer numbers...

Panel OKs amending deer nuisance ordinance Dec 31, 2015 Wisconsin, The Northwoods River News
... the mayor and city administrator have the authority to suspend deer hunting in Rhinelander within the deer abatement season for no longer than 48 hours to protect the health, safety and welfare of citizens ... a ban on baiting deer and wildlife will begin Jan. 11 ...

Record year for Door County vehicle-deer meetings December 26, 2015 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette
...  total of 403 roadway run-ins with whitetails were reported through the end of November. That tied the 12-month record set in 2003 ... Door County Deer Advisory Committee members the past two years recommended that hunting groups target two antlerless deer for every buck taken, but the preliminary bow, crossbow and gun harvests were much closer to 1-to-1 this year...

Natural and experimental tests of trophic cascades: gray wolves and white-tailed deer in a Great Lakes forest DG Flagel, GE Belovsky, DE Beyer Jr - Oecologia, 2015 Wisconsin
... The results of the exclosure experiments revealed that the negative impacts of deer on sapling growth and forb species richness became negligible in high wolf use areas. We conclude that wolves are likely generating trophic cascades which benefit maples and rare forbs through trait-mediated effects on deer herbivory, not through direct predation kills.

New deer registration hurt small businesses December 21, 2015 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
...  every one of those “Ma and Pa” businesses in the state lost all that business from every one of those hunters and hunting parties who would have come in to register a deer...

Apply for County Deer Advisory Council Vacancies December 21, 2015 Wisconsin, WJJQ
... Councils provide an opportunity to play an active role in deer management through the development of management recommendations to the DNR based on annual harvest data and deer management issues specific to each county...

... The harvest has been low because of severe winters in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Last winter was mild. The DNR has been more conservative with antlerless deer permits during the past two years in order to increase the deer population....

... Crawford already is designated as affected by chronic wasting disease because it is surrounded by affected counties.  Deer baiting and feeding are banned in affected counties, and there is a ban on transporting deer carcasses except between affected counties ...

DNR research project shedding light on 'cryptic' bobcat December 18, 2015 Wisconsin, Merrillfotonews
... While uncommon, bobcats have even been known to take down and eat adult deer... The DNR’s best estimate of the bobcat population in the northern zone is 2,500 animals... bobcats tend to not roam very far, unlike wolves which will travel long distances...

DNR's not serious enough about CWD December 18, 2015 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... Today’s DNR and Department of Agriculture seem more concerned about making deer farming affordable than they are about keeping a scientific handle on chronic wasting disease.  Last week, the DNR Board passed an emergency rule to let deer farmers opt out of the state’s CWD-monitoring program and not upgrade fences to comply with new federal standards...

CWD confirmed in Crawford County buck harvested on private land December 16, 2015 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune
... The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Tuesday confirmed test results showing chronic wasting disease in a 3-1/2-year-old buck harvested on private land in Crawford County...  already classified as a CWD-affected county ...

Hunters bag more bucks than last year December 16, 2015 Wisconsin, Jacksoncountychronicle
... There were 1,834 bucks harvested in the county during the nine-day season in November, which represented a nearly 10 percent increase from last year’s total. The jump in antlered harvest was almost three times larger in Jackson County than in the state ...

... "It just seems to me it's pretty unsportsmanlike to do something like this -- as well as discharging some sort of weapon in a park where children come to play and things like that," ... Social media is filled with photos of Bowtie, with messages from those now mourning his loss -- the loss of a beautiful animal so many have loved watching for so many years. ...

Getting Serious About Deer Sickness December 13, 2015 Wisconsin, Valley News 
... CWD is found in a dozen states in the Midwest and eastern U.S.  And scientists have published evidence the disease has reduced mule deer herds in Colorado and is responsible for a decline in elk in Rocky Mountain National Park.  This is the herd- or population-level effect many fear will become apparent in coming years in Wisconsin...

Facts & figures from the gun hunt December 10, 2015 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... Although deer tallies won’t be final until midwinter, this year’s totals again resemble those of the early 1980s. In 1983 – before Wisconsin had muzzleloading and youth-specific gun seasons – hunters killed 197,600 deer, including 96,628 bucks (49 percent)...

A chronology of Wisconsin deer hunting December 10, 2015 Wisconsin State Farmer News 
... 1990 - License sales peak at 699,275. Another record gun kill of 350,040, including 209,005 antlerless deer; archers take 49,291 deer; pre-hunt herd estimate of 1.3 million; season extended for seven days in 67 management units...

Mixed reaction to DNR deer feeding ban December 10, 2015 Wisconsin, WAOW ·
... will ban deer feeding in some Central Wisconsin Counties next month after a penned deer with Chronic Wasting Disease was found at a ranch in Three Lakes ...

DNR relaxes deer fence regulations December 10, 2015 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune
... Wisconsin deer farmers can opt out of the state’s chronic wasting disease monitoring program without upgrading their fences under an emergency rule the state Department of Natural Resources’ board adopted Wednesday despite concerns the move could spread the disease...

Deer Hunting And Management Figures Prominently At DNR Board Meeting December 9, 2015 Wisconsin Public Radio News
...  the DNR has said 43 operations that don't export deer would face significant costs if they had to install the now-mandated double or solid fences.  The board ultimately approved eliminating the requirement for those smaller farms ...

Hunters turn in fewer samples for CWD testing December 9, 2015 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune
...  hunters have turned over far fewer deer heads for chronic wasting disease testing than they had by this time last year....

... Wisconsin's County Deer Advisory Councils are now accepting applications to fill vacant seats, beginning in 2016. These councils provide local deer herd management recommendations to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Councils provide an opportunity to play an active role in deer management through the development of management recommendations based on annual harvest data and deer management issues specific to each county...

CWD a moving target December 6, 2015 Wisconsin, The Fulton Sun
...  in the area hardest hit by CWD, 40 percent of adult male deer have become infected over the past 12-year time span. The statistics were similar to those found over a 15-year span in western Wyoming, an area where CWD was endemic early on... the population impact could relate less to outright die-off and more to the fact that CWD will limit the lifespan of does, which in turn will limit the birth of offspring ...

Monroe County deer hunt numbers close to 2014 December 6, 2015 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tomah Journal
... The total harvest from the Central Farmland and Central Forest zones in the county was 5,319 during the nine-day gun deer season, down from 5,395 from last year...

Local numbers down, state numbers up for 9-day deer harvest December 6, 2015 Wisconsin, Chippewa Herald 
... Chippewa County, Dunn County and many other counties in the region saw a dip in the number of deer killed during this season's 9-day gun ... Chippewa County saw an 8.4 percent drop ... Dunn County saw a decrease of 7.4 percent overall ...

Deer harvest up 1%, but second lowest in 32 years, DNR says December 5, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... The department reported 612,377 licenses sold for the season, up from 608,711 last year, but second-lowest since 1976.  The 2015 licenses included 564,771 sold to residents, 33,545 to non-residents and 14,061 mentored hunting licenses for 10- and 11-year-olds...

DNR scales back deer harvest numbers December 4, 2015 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune
...  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on Thursday said hunters killed 201,812 deer during the 2015 nine-day gun-deer season, about 5,000 fewer than official originally reported... a 1.12 percent improvement over last year ...

Deer farmer hopes for progress on CWD testing December 4, 2015 Wisconsin, The Country Today 
... No­body can tell me how the dis­ease ap­peared on my ranch. We have tested ev­ery deer that has died on the ranch over the years prior to the pos­i­tive. All were neg­a­tive...  228-head cap­tive deer herd was eu­th­a­nized last month af­ter CWD was dis­cov­ered in the Eau Claire County herd in June...

Paperless Deer Registration Bad For Business Say Proprietors December 4, 2015 Wisconsin Public Radio News
... Traditionally Wisconsin deer hunters brought their kills to a local tavern or gas station in order to register their deer. But this year, hunters began registering online or by phone. There were still deer registration stations like Speedy’s C Stop in Barronett but only for those who wanted help using the electronic system...

St. Croix, Pierce and Polk county Area deer harvest surpasses 11K December 4, 2015 Wisconsin, Richmond-News
... “Overall, I think it was very similar to last year,” ...  We will see a lot of illegal baiting situations, loaded guns in vehicles, road hunting-type situations...

Where hunters bagged more deer December 3, 2015 Wisconsin, Appleton Post Crescent
... State authorities released a spreadsheet Thursday showing preliminary totals for this year’s gun deer season. So you don’t have to read it, we created an interactive map containing all the data and highlighting where hunters bagged more or less deer...

CWD found in deer killed in Oneida County December 3, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... A captive white-tailed deer killed this fall at an Oneida County shooting preserve tested positive for chronic wasting disease ... As of this fall, the Department of Natural Resources considered 38 of the state's 72 counties "CWD-affected." ...

Wisconsin looks to relax deer farm fence regulations December 3, 2015 Lexington Herald Leader
...The exemption is meant to spare farmers the cost of complying with stiffer federal herd monitoring requirements to remain in the program, DNR officials say. Critics counter such a move could allow CWD to spread...

CWD issues turn personal with news of diseased buck December 2, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... A buck I shot Nov. 2 in Richland County tested positive for chronic wasting disease... The meat from this buck, which I deboned, wrapped and stored frozen, will be thrown in the garbage...

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: About 1.2 million deer in 2015 post-hunt.  In 2014 an estimated 1,182,000 white-tailed deer.  An extremely mild winter in 2015-16 has increased the population somewhat,  particularly in the west central agricultural regions.  Herd still recovering in the central forest.  2016 Deer Tally2016 Forecast and 2014 population recommendations.  Pre-hunt deer deer population estimated at about 1.4 million in 2013, about 1.5 million in 2012  Long lasting winters in  2012-13 and 2013-14 (worst in 20 years) have reduced deer populations.  The number of deer killed during the 2016 gun season was the lowest in 34 years, the numbers of licenses sold the lowest in 40 years.
     For 2015 WDNR eliminated anterless tags in 12 units to increase the population. Although 2014-15 winter was mild, populations have not rebounded. In Sawyer County, 40% percent of deer tracked for a study died.  To help rebuild herds 19 counties, about the northern third of the state,  had no doe hunting in 2014.  The largest "no doe" zone in 20 years.  Fawn mortality was estimated at 43 percent.  Populations in the Central Forest and the Central and Southern Farm areas fared better.  A total 612,377 licenses sold in 2015, sales were reduced in 2016. Deer harvest down about 15.5 percent in 2014, 609,779 hunters bought licenses. State population estimates based on Sex-Age-Kill model.  Only about 13 percent of the deer taken in 2015 were on public land.
    Estimated 1.14 million deer after 2011 hunting season and 1.16 million deer after 2010 hunting season.   Estimated 990,000 deer in January 2010.  Down significantly since 2000 based on legislated deer goals. Deer hunting estimated to have $1.3 billion in economic impact on the state. Hunter success in 2000 was 76 percent, about 37 percent from 1966 to 2009; 40 percent in 2013, 31 percent in 2014. In 2015 there were 458 deer farms in the state.
     Two deer in Marathon County tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in 2014.  Since 2008, CWD has been detected in 35 counties in deer or elk.  CWD was first discovered in 2001 in Dane County -- the first case of CWD found outside of the Colorado/Wyoming border region. 
     Deer management was reorganized along county boundaries in 2014, each county is forming a County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) of six to eight members.  The state instituted an earn-a-buck policy designed to increase the doe kill, but it was abolished in 2011 by the Legislature after a poor hunt in 2009.
    In 1851, the state restricted deer hunting from Feb 1. to June 30, but Indians could hunt anytime.  In 1876, hunting with dogs was prohibited and in 1892 it was declared lawful to kill any dog running deer.  The first bag limit, two per season, was established in 1897.  In 1900 through 1942, only bucks were hunted.  To further protect the herd in 1925, the legislature closing deer seasons in alternate years, enforced through 1935.  The 1937 season was only three days and the the Conservation Commission was formed, the beginning of a significant whitetail restoration. The Commission closed deer season from 1938-1943,beginning a restocking effort with deer from Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and relocation some deer within the state.  By 1962 the deer population was estimated to be more than 400,000. In 1989, the pre-hunt population was about 1.15 million.  About 1.3 millioin pre-hunt in 1990.  down to 1 million in 1993.  License sales peaked at 699,275 in 1990.  Up to an estimated 1.6 million in 1996.  The population peaked around the year 2000 when gun hunters took 442,581 deer,  more than any other state in a nine-day season, total kill of 528,494. Population and Ecology 1960 to 2003.  Deer Hunting History.
    Moose Recent peak population of about 8,840 animals in 2006, falling to 2,760 in 2013.  A 2015 aerial survey estimate of 3,450.  A 2016 estimate of 4,020.
    Elk  About 160 elk in 2014, near Clam Lake in Ashland County. The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point brought in 25 Michigan elk in 1995.  64 elk were recently relocated from Kentucky.  Elk were hunted to extinction in the 1800's. 
   Wolf  The 2016 over winter population estimate at between 866 - 897, up from 746 - 771 in 2015.  The 2014 over winter wolf population estimated at 660 - 689 in 197 packs.  Approximately 800 wolves in 2013 (809 to 834), 600 to 700 in 2014, down from about 1,000 wolves in 2011.  From 40,000 to 50,000 coyotes, many of which contain wolf DNA.  Wisconsin DNR wolf monitoring page.  
    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

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

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

The state has developed a survey system that uses observations from people around the state, a program that has gotten some significant press attention. Wisconsin Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey "The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is asking for your help in monitoring the relative abundance and distribution of deer and other mammalian/avian wildlife species in the state....Since deer hunters often spend many quiet observation hours in the woods, you can provide valuable information about species that are often very difficult to measure. Past efforts in Wisconsin and other states (Ohio, Iowa and Missouri) have provided wildlife agencies with valuable information for managing many wildlife species.

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















 

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