Wisconsin Deer News

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. ... [see video below]

Neighbors, hunters and others are reacting to news that a popular deer in Bow Tie was poached in a Milwaukee County park. On Thursday, December 16th, FOX6 News spoke with the man who confronted the poacher on Sunday, December 13th -- and helped police make the arrest.


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...

Gun deer harvest increases 2.6% December 1, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... The kill total represents a 2.6% increase from 2014 but is the third-lowest in the last 32 years...

Gun-deer season totals outpace 2014... December 1, 2015 Wisconsin, WDJT
... This year's preliminary nine-day gun deer hunt registration figures indicate a total of 204,725 deer harvested during the nine-day season, compared to 199,583 in 2014... 

2015 gun deer season numbers: close to 2014 November 30, 2015 Wisconsin, WEAU 13 NEW
... As of 5pm Sunday, the total number of deer harvested during the 9-day season in Wisconsin is 192,327... The DNR sold 612,377 9-day gun deer licenses in 2015 compared to 608,711 in 2014...

Hunters on pace to exceed last year's gun deer kill in Wisconsin November 30, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... Hunters registered 175,398 deer through the first seven days of the nine-day Wisconsin gun deer season ... After a mild winter, deer herds and hunter success generally have increased in the region this fall...

Another gun deer season to remember November 28, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
...  Hunters registered 163,698 deer through Thursday ... 81,436 bucks and 82,262 antlerless deer.  Although most hunting pressure and deer kill already has occurred, the nine-day total is expected to exceed last year's.  After a mild winter, deer herds and hunter success generally have increased in the region this fall...

CWD testing merely small sample size these days November 27, 2015 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... Due to budgeting, fewer deer are being tested. Only 4,000, maybe fewer, will be sampled and tested this year, down more than 1,000 from last year. In 2002, more than 40,000 deer were tested.  Prion scientists have repeatedly warned against eating infected deer ...

... If that trend continues through the final four days of the gun-deer season, it would mark the first time more bucks were killed than does since 1993, when hunters killed 116,507 bucks and just 100,977 does...

Fall Door deer harvest surges past 3000 November 27, 2015 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... Including bow and crossbow licenses, about 830,000 licenses allowing deer hunting have been sold in Wisconsin this year...

Kewaunee County deer harvest up 40 percent November 27, 2015 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
...  Including the youth gun, bow, crossbow and early stretch of the nine-day gun season, nearly 5,000 whitetails have already been taken from the Kewaunee/Door County Peninsula...

... Every northern county in Wisconsin will make an effort to increase deer populations until 2017... The buck harvest dropped nearly 40 percent from 2013 to 2014 in Vilas County...

Deer hunt numbers rebound; second best opener since 2008 November 25, 2015 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune
... Wisconsin hunters bagged 119,495 deer during the opening weekend of the gun deer season, about 15 percent more than they brought home in the 2014 opener ... 

Opening weekend deer kill down slightly in Chippewa County November 25, 2015 Wisconsin, Chippewa Herald
... Chippewa County hunters registered 2,094 deer on Saturday and Sunday, down 1.6 percent from last season’s total ...

Wisconsin governor fails to see, bag a deer November 25, 2015 Minneapolis Star Tribune
... He tweeted again on Wednesday that he didn't see any deer...

First weekend deer kills up sharply from 2014 November 24, 2015 Wisconsin, Leader-Telegram
... As of noon Monday, 115,971 kills had been registered by hunters. Last year, 90,280 deer were taken through the first three days of the gun season ... a mild winter and early spring resulted in more deer this fall...

Deer season off to decent start November 24, 2015 Wisconsin, Ashland Daily Press
...“Based on what I’m seeing from archery harvest totals prior to the gun season, those totals are virtually identical to 2014 so I would expect that the deer gun season here is going to be very similar to 2014,” ... Naas said there needs to be a period of time where the herd rebuilds itself...

Opening weekend deer harvest up from year ago November 24, 2015 Wisconsin, Daily Union
... The buck harvest was up nearly 13 percent ...Hunters killed 62,802 bucks compared to 55,650 last year. The antlerless deer kill, meanwhile, was up almost 20 percent from 2014, with 56,693 does and nubbin bucks killed to last year’s tally of 47,305...

New deer registration system bogs down during peak stretch November 23, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Many of the more than 600 stores, gas stations and other businesses that formerly served as physical registration sites weren't happy with the change, citing a loss of business revenue associated with the foot traffic the process brought to their locations.  Some hunters, too, lamented the change, noting a loss of tradition of gathering at local businesses ...

DNR site can't keep up with deer tally November 23, 2015 Wisconsin, WisNews
... The DNR had planned to offer county-by-county harvest tallies in real time under its online registration system ... in a notice on its website, the DNR reported Sunday that while the electronic registration system was running smoothly, a high volume of data coming in from the field created “significant data gaps” in the site’s summaries...

... The Welcome Matt used to be a well-known location for registering deer before the state made the switch to electronic registration... spent hundreds of dollars to purchase a computer and printer to continue helping people register ...  he helped register about 20 deer during opening weekend, compared to the hundreds it used to be ...

... As of this afternoon, the unofficial number of deer reported so far is at nearly 18,000 deer: 10,605 for antlered, 7360 for antler-less...

Gun deer season opens in Wisconsin November 21, 2015 Wisconsin, WKOW 
... This year 592,000 hunters applied for licenses, which is about 2,000 more than last year...

This hour long video provides information on deer hunting management and rules in Wisconsin - November 20, 2015


Not all deer news is good news November 21, 2015 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... Hopes for a vaccine to prevent chronic wasting disease suffered a severe blow in late October when Wyoming researchers announced that elk inoculated with an experimental serum were at least three times more likely to contract CWD than unvaccinated elk...

Did state fail deer herd, hunters on CWD? November 20, 2015 Wisconsin, Janesville Gazette
... The fatal disease was detected here in 2002... Eradication failed miserably ... Illinois has worked hard and spent much since 2002 to limit the spread. The researchers say the prevalence rate in that state's management area remained at 1 percent in 2013.  Meanwhile, Michigan officials are killing deer in areas where three tested positive.

Wisconsin's nine-day gun deer season opens Saturday with deer still in rut across much of the state and snow in the forecast November 19, 2015 DNR News
... Reports from around the state indicate that while the rut is winding down in some areas, it is still going strong in others, especially the south. Antler growth is expected to be very good this year due to the mild winter and early spring green up.   More information about the deer season

Fall hunters encouraged to report feral pig sightings November 19, 2015 Wisconsin, DNR News
... These pigs have a number of negative impacts on the landscape, including disease, habitat degradation, competition with native wildlife for food sources, crop damage, and many more. Feral pig sightings and harvests should be reported on the Department of Natural Resources website ... Feral pigs are an unprotected wild animal in Wisconsin, may be harvested year-round, and have no hunting hour restrictions (except during gun deer hunting seasons, when normal hunting hours must be followed)...

Signs point to another disappointing Wisconsin deer hunt November 19, 2015 Wisconsin, TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
... DNR spokesman Jim Dick said the agency expects "a pretty good" season. Deer are more abundant in the western, southern and central parts of the state, he said. All hunters will get an antlerless tag with their license good for everywhere but the buck-only counties and has lifted buck-only restrictions in seven counties ...

Electronic registration, CWD topics of interest for deer hunt November 19, 2015 Wisconsin, Chippewa Herald
... “Years ago we were in the herd control mode and now the population goal in Chippewa County is to increase the herd. That’s why there’s a limited amount of tags available.” ... Hunters in Eau Claire and Clark County can also take part in a voluntary Chronic Wasting Disease survey. During the summer, a diseased captive deer from a deer farm in eastern Eau Claire County tested positive for CWD...

Captive deer herd euthanized after CWD discovery November 19, 2015 Wisconsin, The Country Today
...  23 deer that were part of a captive deer herd near Fairchild tested positive for chronic wasting disease, a figure that could grow ... federal veterinarians and animal health technicians this week killed the entire captive deer herd at the farm about five miles north of Fairchild. A total of 228 deer — 163 adults and 65 fawns ...
     State kills 228 deer at game farm after CWD found November 18, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... State officials expressed a desire over the summer to depopulate the captive cervid facility owned by Richard Vojtik near Fairchild in southeastern Eau Claire County.  But the action was delayed as the state sought indemnity funding from a federal source. When it became clear in early October federal funds would not be available. DATCP decided to proceed with state funds ...

West Central District hunters should have ample opportunities November 18, 2015 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune
... from Dunn County in the north to Crawford County in the southern end of the district, deer in the West Central District’s farmland zones are doing well, and hunters can expect an increase in deer numbers compared to 2014. Deer numbers in the West Central District’s Central Forest Zone are comparable or slightly improved from 2014...

Businesses adapt to deer registration change November 18, 2015 Wisconsin, Stevenspointjournal
... Chad Newby, a manager at Doug’s Sports Pub in Plover, said that like some other businesses, he will offer free wireless Internet access and help hunters through the process of registering their deer both as a convenience for hunters and a way to entice them to have a burger and beer after the hunt...

Cranberry growers concerned over elk damage November 18, 2015 Wisconsin, Jacksoncountychronicle
... Cranberry growers are working with the state in an effort to establish a fencing program to protect their property from the elk that were recently reintroduced to Jackson County... The DNR currently is in the midst of working on a new program to provide for fencing agreements  ...

Deer Hunt 2015: Economic impact of the hunt November 17, 2015 Wisconsin, Fox11online.com
... Department of Natural Resources statistics indicate almost 900,000 hunters in the state spend about $2.5 billion on hunting-related expenditures each year... Deer hunters make up almost 90 percent of the total number of hunters in the state ...

2015 nine-day gun deer season opens Saturday November 21 November 16, 2015 Wisconsin, DNR News
... In 2015 the biggest change is hunters' deer registration is going entirely paperless, and can be completed by phone or over the Internet. Hunters can register deer online through gamereg.wi.gov or by phone at 1-844-426-3734...Twelve county DMUs, in whole or in part, are designated as buck-only units. All buck-only units are restricted to the Northern and Central Forest zones...

Wisconsin deer hunters have the opportunity to get their deer tested and help with CWD surveillance November 16, 2015 DNR News
... The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be testing deer from select areas of the state. Surveillance will focus on adult deer, since older deer are more likely to have the disease.  A map of the 2015 CWD sampling area [PDF] ... The department will continue to collect samples from deer harvested in Dane, Iowa, Rock, Walworth, Washburn, Juneau, Adams, Portage and Marathon counties...

Deer Hunt 2015: Health of the herd November 16, 2015 Wisconsin, Fox11online.com
... Waldvogel expects another slow deer season.  "I think in a few years, it will definitely come back around, and numbers will be up and hunting will be better. But it's going to take, it will take a few years yet," ...

DNR officials discuss deer populations going into gun hunt November 16, 2015 Wisconsin, WSAU News
...  the harsh winters from several years ago continue to have a ripple effect on deer populations in the Northwoods. "Deer numbers are recovering in the north ... That takes time." ... 

CWD deer count rising in Rock, Walworth counties November 16, 2015 Wisconsin, Gazettextra
... A snapshot of Rock and Walworth counties' whitetail deer herds shows that the proportion of adult males with deadly chronic wasting disease has grown from about 3.5 percent in 2003 to just under 8 percent at the end of 2014 ... The uptick comes despite deer hunting management efforts in southern Wisconsin ...

... the number of tests is dwindling while prevalence of chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin grows and neighboring states fight to control it ... More than half the state’s 72 counties are now considered affected by CWD because cases ... Under the new electronic carcass registration system, the DNR has 64 locations where hunters can bring tissue for sampling ...

Wisconsin deer hunters looking at another rebuilding year November 15, 2015 Duluth News Tribune 
... Missing to a large degree in the state’s northern deer herd are bucks that would have been 2½ to 3 years old, Kessler said. That’s because the severe winter two years ago took out so many young deer at the time... 

Wisconsin gun deer hunt offers chance to enjoy nature November 15, 2015 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... "The farmland areas have higher deer populations, and the forests in the northern and central part of the state are lower." The northern Wisconsin deer herd is rebuilding slowly ... Twelve counties this year in the northern or central forest are under "buck only" regulations in an effort to build the deer herd...

Wisconsin deer hunters looking at another rebuilding year November 15, 2015 Duluth News Tribune
...The state’s deer herd is down, Kessler said, due to a combination of three factors — the DNR’s past liberal issuing of antlerless permits to bring the deer herd down to more-sustainable levels, recent severe winters and the effects of predators. Predators include wolves, bears and bobcats, Kessler said...

It's the end of an era in Wisconsin deer hunting history. For years, hunters have driven their deer to a local gas station or hardware store to register the kill, but the days of metal tags and paperwork are over. - November 15, 2015 Wisconsin


Deer-baiting problem persists in Minnesota hunt November 15, 2015 Duluth News Tribune 
... Over the past five years, Minnesota conservation officers have issued an average of 147 baiting violations per year ... illegal in Minnesota since 1991 ... hunters typically place corn, apples, pumpkins or other food near their deer stands... we continue with the principle of fair chase,” ...

... In many areas below Hwy. 64, which runs easterly from the Stillwater Bridge across the state to Marinette, the local councils are seeing such an abundance of deer that hunters will again have the option to buy “bonus” tags to shoot more than one antlerless deer...

... Wisconsin is straining to boost deer numbers in its northern and central forests, where antlerless deer will once again be off limits to hunters in many areas. And in the southwest and other pockets of the state ... an ever-growing scourge of chronic wasting disease (CWD)...

Pull out phone, computer to tag deer November 13, 2015 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette
... their only choices for registering deer are a telephone, smartphone or computer with WiFi... Perhaps the biggest problem is that the direct phone line — (844) 426-3734, (844 GAME REG) and website, gamereg.wi.gov — for e-registrations don’t appear on the license, backtag or deer tags...

Deer rut continues strong in most areas of state November 12, 2015 Wisconsin, Journal Times
... The white-tailed deer rut — or breeding season — continued strong in the last week, with almost all areas of the state reporting very active deer ...

Is Wisconsin doing enough about CWD? November 11, 2015 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... chronic wasting disease was discovered in Wisconsin's wild white-tailed deer herd in 2002 ... the 2012 Deer Trustees Report helped drive a final stake in the ambitions of any state wildlife managers who hoped to control the disease. The report advised a "more passive approach to CWD management."...  deer that are infected with CWD rarely live beyond 2 ½ years old...

Newsmakers program featuring DNR Big Game Ecologist Kevin Wallenfang discussing the upcoming gun deer hunt season in Wisconsin. - November 11, 2015


Plenty of deer, new registration system await gun hunters November 10, 2015 Wisconsin, Pierce County Herald
...“Our deer population in Pierce County has been consistent for many, many years,” ... when they call in or do it online with a smartphone or a computer, they will get a confirmation number ...And that confirmation number needs to be written down on their carcass tag...

Hear the outlook for this years hunting season in all four managed zones. November 9, 2015 Wisconsin


Learn about the Deer Management Assistance Program and how you can create a better habitat for deer on your property. November 9, 2015 Wisconsin


Autumn antler damage common to rut November 6, 2015 Wisconsin, Madison
... The majority of chipped tines, missing tines, and even missing sides of an antler set probably result from deer fights. But the blow must be just right because if the clashes don’t result in breaks, locked antlers sometimes result...

County Deer Advisory Council - November 6, 2015 Wisconsin


Selling off state land a betrayal November 6, 2015 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... 118 state-owned parcels covering about 8,300 acres that the Department of Natural Resources is reviewing for sale by June 2017. This sale wasn’t the DNR’s idea. The Legislatures ordered the agency to make a shopping list totaling 10,000 acres, having decided the state can’t properly manage its 1.5 million acres of land...

Where did the mule deer in Wisconsin come from? November 4, 2015 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
...  a wild mule deer has never been documented traveling 600 or more miles on its own power from its native range into Wisconsin.  On the other hand, animals escape from Wisconsin deer farms or shooting preserves at least several times a year...
... Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which confirmed that the buck was in fact a mule deer ... Some speculate that the deer may have traveled all the way from states such as South Dakota ...

We are pretty sure Junior the Buck had a little too much Spotted Cow last night. Junior jumped through our window this morning and hung out for awhile before jumping back out on Main Street in River Falls! - November 4, 2015 Wisconsin


New deer registration rules in effect for the 2015 season November 3, 2015 Wisconsin, WDNR News
... After tagging a harvested deer, hunters can visit gamereg.wi.gov or call 1-844-426-3734 to access the game registration system. Hunters may also register their deer electronically at a participating registration station. Upon completion, hunters will receive a 10-character confirmation number to write on the carcass tag as proof of registration. This tag should remain with the deer until the meat is consumed...

Anticipation builds for Saturday's deer opener November 2, 2015 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune
... The 2015 season will be the second year of a management approach to rebuild deer populations in areas below population goals.  The DNR is projecting the 2015 total harvest to be between 140,000 to 155,000 deer. The 2014 total harvest after last year’s conservative season was just over 139,000...

Man checking for deer struck and killed November 2, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... A man has died while walking along an Oconto County highway after the vehicle he was riding in hit a deer...

Light turnout expected for Chippewa night deer hunt October 31, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Sunday marks the start of the first off-reservation night deer hunt in modern Wisconsin history for members of the six bands of Lake Superior Chippewa... The hunt is in accordance with rights granted by the U.S. government to the tribes in treaties signed in the 1800s...

Wisconsin treats non-resident deer hunters rather nicely October 31, 2015 Madison
... Montana issues only 5,000 non-resident deer tags ... price of $593! ... Non-resident deer hunters also pay $165 in Minnesota, and $171 in Michigan... Wisconsin sold more than 27,800 non-resident deer licenses in 2014 ... Congress basically said discriminatory non-resident hunting regulations give non-residents the opportunity to contribute to the state’s wildlife programs ...

... Five men are facing charges ... caller reported seeing a truck slow down, shine a light into a field, and shoot a deer...

Chippewa tribal members prepare for night deer hunt October 23, 2015 Wisconsin, Fox11
... In less than two weeks, about 200 members from six Chippewa tribal bands in northern Wisconsin will take part in a nighttime deer hunt... A federal judge cleared the way for the night hunt earlier this month ...

Trivial hunting issues sidetrack lawmakers October 23, 2015 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... They wrote the law in 2009 in hopes of spurring license sales by letting kids hunt at age 10 if accompanied by an adult mentor. Now that lawmakers are realizing — but not conceding — it provided only a two-year bump in license sales, they’re working to eliminate the age requirement so kids of any age can hunt...

... A legislative committee is set to vote next week on a bill that would legalize blaze pink hunting gear ... female hunters made up about 10 percent of the state’s gun deer hunters in 2014, 2013 and 2012 ...

2015 Trophy Deer Forecast: Wisconsin October 21, 2015 Game & Fish
... A mild winter in much of Wisconsin this past year was in stark contrast to our previous two winters, which no doubt took a toll on older animals.  “Fawn survival was probably down ... 

Mitchell team helps Wisconsin tribes lift night-hunting ban October 20, 2015 William Mitchell College of Law
... Indian tribes can once again hunt deer at night off-reservation in northern Wisconsin, under an order issued recently by a federal judge in Madison.  Leading the representation of the tribes ... was a team from the William Mitchell Indian Law Program ... In 1991, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled the state’s ban on night hunting applied to the tribes ...

... we’re getting little benefit from the Legislature’s experiment to increase participation by deeply discounting fees for first-time hunters... In 2014, however, gun-license numbers fell 4 percent to 609,779, their lowest sales since the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources sold 589,590 in 1976 ... so far this year, gun- and archery-deer license sales are down about 1 percent ...

One deer still at large from Fairchild farm where CWD found October 15, 2015 Wisconsin, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
... Only one deer that escaped from a Fairchild area deer farm where chronic wasting disease has been found remains at large.   The one remaining deer escaped in May when a tree fell on the pen....

Federal judge OK's nighttime tribal deer hunting October 14, 2015 Wisconsin, WTAQ
...  Chippewa Indians in northern Wisconsin can start hunting for deer at night on November first. Federal Judge Barbara Crabb of Madison has approved rules for the special hunt. That was after a federal appeals court rejected the D-N-R's request to prevent night-time shooting ...

Police rescue deer from canal in Kaukauna October 12, 2015 Wisconsin, WeAreGreenBay.com
... the deer had no chance of getting out of the canal due to the three to four feet walls around the canal...after the rescue, he was able to safely make his way back to the woods ....

...  LRB 3204/1 prohibits the use of steel-jaw traps, body-gripping traps, and snares in all state parks.  • LRB 3198/1 prohibits hunting in all state parks... “7.5 million acres of public land, over 99 percent of the total, are open to the 10 percent who hunt. About 60,000 acres, less than 1 percent, were previously set aside as for the 90 percent of the public enjoying safe quiet sports and wildlife viewing." ...

How will CWD Affect Bowhunting’s Future? October 8, 2015 Wisconsin, Bowhunting
... the odds of a sickly Wisconsin deer herd in 2071 are looking more likely each year. CWD prevalence in southern Wisconsin has doubled across all ages in both sexes of deer the past 13 years. In at least one area, four of every 10 adult bucks carries the disease, and in at least two other areas one in four mature bucks are infected...

CWD sampling plan in place for 2015-16 deer hunting season October 6, 2015 Wisconsin, WEAU 13 NEWS
... Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will collect deer heads for chronic wasting disease surveillance testing during the 2015 archery and gun hunting seasons. 
Hunters who harvest an adult deer within Eau Claire, Clark or Jackson counties are being asked to consider submitting a sample ...

DNR needs to continue aging deer October 5, 2015 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... the Department of Natural Resources has formulated some alternative plans to help provide data to be used, in part, to estimate the size of the deer herd... working with venison processing businesses and plan to use them as an alternative to getting the deer age data we need for the sex-age-kill formula ...

... Far down the “What’s New in 2015” list on Page 4 of the DNR’s 48-page deer hunting regulations is this note: “The Antlerless-only Holiday Hunt, previously held in the Southern Farmland Zone, will not be offered in 2015.”...

Public hearing date set for 'blaze pink' hunting outfits October 2, 2015 Wisconsin, WTAQ
... Wisconsin lawmakers will soon find out what people think about letting hunters wear "blaze pink" in the woods, as well as blaze orange.  The Assembly Natural Resources Committee has scheduled a public hearing ...


Two elk dead after release into the wild October 1, 2015 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune
... Two of the elk recently released into the wild in Jackson County have been killed, one by a vehicle and one by a wolf... The deaths came in the first couple of weeks after 23 elk were released from their eight-acre acclimation pen in eastern Jackson County in mid-August. ..

No, we did not count lawn ornaments in deer tally  October 1, 2015 Wisconsin, Boing Boing
... The letter, on convincingly shabby state letterhead, reads: ...some yard ornaments may have been counted over the past two years by mistake." ...

Self-serve kiosks to help DNR monitor deer for chronic wasting disease September 30, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... The Department of Natural Resources this fall has placed kiosks at select Wisconsin sites to accept deer heads or deer jaws from animals harvested by hunters.  The self-service stations are designed to help the agency collect samples for chronic wasting disease monitoring and deer aging...

DNR knocks down deer hoax; concrete statues can stay September 30, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... someone is using an official-looking letterhead advising the public to remove concrete deer from their property by Nov. 1.  Otherwise, the reader is told, the DNR might count them as part of a deer census...

Bill looks to ensure youth hunters shoot their own deer September 25, 2015 Wisconsin, WEAU 13 NEWS
... Rep. Kathy Bernier and Senator Terry Moulton say younger hunters aren't getting the experience of actually shooting their own deer because adults in their hunting party are using their carcass tags... For hunter Luke Weyers the adrenaline rush of shooting his first deer made him a life-long hunter...

Deer disease a threat to white-tail health September 25, 2015 Wisconsin, Kankakee Daily Journal
... Since CWD was first confirmed in Illinois in 2003, a total of 538 cases have been reported by DNR, most of them in the northern counties on or near the Wisconsin border ...

24/7 Kiosks available for CWD testing September 24, 2015 Wisconsin, Post-Crescen Med
... Hunters within a 10-mile Washburn County chronic wasting disease sampling area are asked to submit deer heads at drop-off kiosks from harvested adult deer as the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources collects deer heads for CWD testing ...

Eau Claire deer plan recommends hunting expansion in future years September 23, 2015 Wisconsin, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
... the deer management plan suggests hiring professional sharpshooters as a way to reduce the deer numbers... Between the fee charged by expert marksmen hired for the brief hunts and the cost of processing the animals, it would cost about $250 per deer.
Sharpshooting in Putnam Park would cost between $20,000 and $30,000 ...
     Eau Claire city council approves deer management plan September 23, 2015 Wisconsin, WQOW 
... By a vote of 10-1, council members approved a management plan that would allow bow hunters and sharp shooters to hunt in designated ares in the city, which could eventually include public places like Putnam Park ...

Hudson, Deer control program will continue in the city of Hudson September 20, 2015 Wisconsin, Hudson Star Observer
... A program that controls the city’s whitetail deer population by allowing a select group of bow hunters to harvest them will continue for a sixth season... 

Early sales of crossbow licenses increase in Wisconsin September 19, 2015 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... crossbow license sales accounted for 32% of bow licenses sold, up from 26% at the same time last year ... The data also reveal a troubling statistic for the agency: total bow license sales of 132,897 were 4% lower than at the same time in 2014. Deer hunting license sales are the biggest source of hunting program revenue for the DNR...

Hunters encouraged to participate in survey September 19, 2015 Wisconsin, The Northwoods River News
... officials are reminding hunters of the seventh annual Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey allowing hunters to record observations of deer and wildlife in the field. Results help track wildlife populations across the state... Survey Page

Escaped Captive Deer on the loose in Eau Claire County September 18, 2015 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
... The state Department of Natural Resources is requesting the help of residents of Fairchild and Augusta and the surrounding areas to be on the lookout for five ear-tagged white-tailed deer that escaped from a local captive deer facility.  Three of these deer left the facility earlier this month. Twelve deer in all walked through a gate that was reportedly left open overnight ...  contact the DNR hotline at 1-800-847-9367 

More deer escape from farm where CWD found September 18, 2015 Wisconsin, WQOW
...  12 deer escaped early last week from the farm... Most were captured, but three remain missing in addition to the two deer that escaped in May...
    Escaped deer on the loose in Eau Claire County September 18, 2015 Wisconsin, WEAU 13 NEWS
... If you see an ear-tagged deer or harvest a tagged deer in the wild, contact the DNR hotline at 1-800-847-9367 immediately for additional instructions...

Escape of deer shows Wisconsin is failing to protect wild herd September 16, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection ... initiated a plan to kill the 167 deer remaining at the facility.  But the depopulation did not happen. In fact, the captive herd increased by nearly 50% with the birth of fawns... 12 deer escaped the facility on Sept. 9...

DNR to continue testing for CWD September 16, 2015 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune
... We provide testing as a service to deer hunters ... will continue to collect samples from deer harvested in Dane, Iowa, Rock, Walworth, Washburn, Juneau, Adams, Portage and Marathon counties...

Buffalo County man, teen convicted of illegal deer hunts September 15, 2015 Wisconsin, Winona Daily News
... illegally shooting as many as 40 deer dating back to late last year... Most of the deer killed were not harvested, but shot and left to die ... So word of the case traveled in the Buffalo County ...

Wisconsin Ranks 6th for most Deer Collisions September 14, 2015 CBS 58 News
... The odds drivers will hit a deer in Wisconsin are 1 in 77, compared to the national odds of 1 in 169... Due to mating and hunting, the months drivers are more likely to hit a deer in Wisconsin during November, October and December, in that order...

Board again approves deer hunt in village September 14, 2015 Wisconsin, Hudson Star Observer
...  an annual deer bow hunt in the village ... the contract is with RiverValley Deer Management, LLC operated by local resident Lon Feia... “It’s the sort of program you can’t do just once,” Feia said. “ ... It’s like cutting grass, it keeps on growing...

Deer e-registration is now the law September 13, 2015 Wisconsin, Madison 
... Now all deer hunters can use e-registration, either by phone or computer, to report their kills.  The other significant change is all deer must be registered no later than 5 p.m. the day after a deer is killed...

Wisconsin's 7th annual Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey underway September 13, 2015 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Saturday marked the start of the state's seventh annual Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey.  Through the survey, hunters record their observations of deer and other wildlife while in the field. Survey results help state officials track population trends for Wisconsin's deer herd and other wildlife...

Elk released from pen, reintroduction continues September 11, 2015 Wisconsin, Leader-Telegram
... Wisconsin has an agreement to import up to 150 elk from Kentucky. The plan is to have half of those elk go to Jackson County and half to northern Wisconsin to provide more genetic diversity... The animals were originally supposed to be released in June, but disease concerns caused meant that they were quarantined for longer...

Wisconsin Deer Forecast for 2015 September 9, 2015 Game & Fish
... “We had a very mild winter, which you would expect should increase numbers in several areas around the state, including the forest zones,” he said. “But things obviously are not going to turn around for the north in just one year.” ... “As forests mature, they simply don’t harbor the ability to support as many deer,” 

... will continue testing harvested white-tailed deer for chronic wasting disease this year. This testing is part of the DNR's ongoing efforts to monitor the status and spread of the disease in Wisconsin... A map of the 2015 CWD sampling area [PDF] can be found at dnr.wi.gov, keyword "CWD." The department will continue to collect samples from deer harvested in Dane, Iowa, Rock, Walworth, Washburn, Juneau, Adams, Portage and Marathon counties ...
... will we have a herd so stricken with chronic wasting disease that no one bothers hunting deer for meat? ... A year ago, the Dapertment of Natural Resources tested 5,460 deer for CWD ... a record 6 percent of them (331) tested positive... growing numbers of Wisconsinites are packing their freezers with untested venison from deer killed in the CWD-affected area ...

... The goal for 2015-17 in all WCD farmland units, except for Buffalo, Chippewa,
and Trempealeau Counties, is to stabilize deer populations, while the goal in all centralforest units is to increase deer populations. The goal in Buffalo County calls for a decrease in deer numbers, while Chippewa and Trempealeau Counties have elected to work to increase deer numbers. Season structure and antlerless deer permit numbers in each county deer management unit are used to achieve these goals these numbers are suggested by local County Deer Advisory Councils...

Crossbows Make Presence Known in Wisconsin September 1, 2015 Bowhunting
... Wisconsin’s first crossbow season for white-tailed deer helped generate a record archery buck kill of 46,201 and a record 275,417 licensed bow hunters in 2014.
Of that buck kill, regular archers accounted for 30,433 (66 percent) and crossbow hunters 15,768 (34 percent)...

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Put your deer observations to use with Operation Deer Watch July 28, 2015 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
     .. In an ongoing effort to include public input in deer management, and to effectively monitor and evaluate Wisconsin's deer herd, the Department of Natural Resources is continuing its annual citizen-science survey, Operation Deer Watch.  The data from the public provides insight to the reproductive status of Wisconsin's deer herd for 2015. The number of bucks, does and fawns seen are indicators of annual deer herd production.
     To get involved, record all bucks, does and fawns seen during the day from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30. Daily observations can be tracked using an online tally sheet available at dnr.wi.gov, keyword "deer watch." ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Wisconsin Data: About 1.3 million deer in 2015.  In 2014 an estimated 1,182,000 white-tailed deer, 2014 population recommendations. Pre-hunt deer deer population estimated at about 1.4 million in 2013, about 1.5 million in 2012  Long lasting winters in  2012-13 and 2013-14 (worst in 20 years) have reduced deer populations. For 2015 WDNR eliminated anterless tags in 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. Deer harvest down about 15.5 percent in 2014, 609,779 hunters bought licenses. State population estimates based on Sex-Age-Kill model.
    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.  By 1993 the pre-hunt population is estimated at one million.  In 2000 gun hunters took 442,581 deer,  more than any other state in a nine-day season, total kill of 528,494. Population and Ecology 1960 to 2003
    Moose Recent peak population of about 8,840 animals in 2006, falling to 2,760 in 2013.  A 2015 aerial survey estimate of 3,450.
    Elk  About 160 elk in 2014, near Clam Lake in Ashland County. The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point brought in 25 Michigan elk in 1995.  Elk were hunted to extinction in the 1800's. 
   Wolf The 2014 over winter wolf population estimated at 660-689 in 197 packs.  Approximately 800 wolves in 2013 (809 to 834), 600 to 700 in 2014, down from about 1,000 wolves in 2011.  From 40,000 to 50,000 coyotes, many of which contain wolf DNA.  
    Bear  About 20,000 bears.

 - To report a sick deer observation please call the DNR call center toll free at 1-888-WDNR- INFo (1-888-936-7463), email DNRInfo@Wisconsin.gov, or use the chat feature on the DNR website.
- To report poaching, call the DNR at 1-800-847-9367

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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