Wisconsin Deer News

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

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

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

Harsh winters have depleted deer populations - November 24, 2014


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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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




Wisconsin Data: In 2014 an estimated 1,182,000 white-tailed deer. Pre-hunt deer deer population estimated at about 1.4 million in 2013, about 1.5 million in 2012  Long lasting winters in  2012-13 and 2013-14 (worst in 20 years) have reduced deer populations. In Sawyer County, 40% percent of deer tracked for a study died.  To help rebuild herds 19 counties, about the northern third of the state,  have no doe hunting in 2014.  The largest "no doe" zone in 20 years.  Fawn mortality was estimated at 43 percent.  Populations in the Central Forest and the Central and Southern Farm areas fared better. 
    Estimated 1.14 million deer after 2011 hunting season and 1.16 million deer after 2010 hunting season.   Estimated 990,000 deer in January 2010.  Down significantly since 2000 based on legislated deer goals. Deer hunting estimated to have $1.3 billion in economic impact on the state. About 650,000 deer licenses sold annually. Hunter sucees in 2000 was 76 percent, about 37 percent from 1966 to 2009; 40 percent in 2013. 
     Two deer in Marathon County tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in 2014.  Since 2008, CWD has been detected in 35 counties in deer or elk.  CWD was first discovered in 2001 in Dane County.
     Deer management was reorganized along county boundaries in 2014, each county is forming a County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) of six to eight members.  The state instituted an earn-a-buck policy designed to increase the doe kill, but it was abolished in 2011 by the Legislature after a poor hunt in 2009.
    In 1851, the state restricted deer hunting from Feb 1. to June 30, but Indians could hunt anytime.  In 1876, hunting with dogs was prohibited and in 1892 it was declared lawful to kill any dog running deer.  The first bag limit, two per season, was established in 1897.  In 1900 through 1942, only bucks were hunted.  To further protect the herd in 1925, the legislature closing deer seasons in alternate years, enforced through 1935.  The 1937 season was only three days.  By 1962 the deer population was estimated to be more than 400,000.  License sales peaked at 699,275 in 1990.  By 1993 the pre-hunt population is estimated at one million.   
     Other estimates:  Estiimated pre-hunt deer in 2008: 1.52 million.   Estimated pre-hunt deer in 1993: 1.15 million.
     About 150 elk in 2012.  Approximately 800 wolves in 2013 (809 to 834), 600 to 700 in 2014, down from about 1,000 wolves in  2011.  From 40,000 to 50,000 coyotes, many of which contain wolf DNA.  About 20,000 bears.  -.DataMine: Deer-hunting statistics, 1966-present

 - To report a sick deer observation please call the DNR call center toll free at 1-888-WDNR- INFo (1-888-936-7463), email DNRInfo@Wisconsin.gov, or use the chat feature on the DNR website.
- To report poaching, call the DNR at 1-800-847-9367
Operation Deer Watch - volunteers collecting data for DNR
- Archived Public Chats with DNR related to deer management
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"Estimating the number of deer you have is the La Brea Tar Pit of deer managment"  Dr. James Kroll

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

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