Wisconsin Deer News

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

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

Morrison County, Presentation offered on deer densities April 18, 2014 Wisconsin, Morrison County Record
...  an action plan to raise deer densities in Central and East Central Minnesota will be held in Little Falls Wednesday, April 30... 

New deer rules attract crowds at conservation hearings April 18, 2014 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette 
... Official attendance for Monday’s hearings, held in all 72 Wisconsin counties, was 7,053 ... Much of the 2013 increase occurred in Dane, Door, Polk, Marathon and Milwaukee counties. Representatives of animal-rights and silent-sports groups won four races — two in Polk, and one each in Dane and Milwaukee — to become county delegates to the WCC last year.  These groups were present again Monday, but won only one of four elections they entered ...

Oneida County, Local DNR officials to propose buck only hunt April 18, 2014 Wisconsin, Star Journal 
... DNR Wildlife Specialist Jeremy Holtz told the crowd that his office will recommend a buck only hunt this year in order to alleviate pressures on a dwindling deer herd... “And our deer numbers are a concern. We have an estimated 20,000 deer in Oneida County and we have 13,000 to 15,000 hunters. So you can see how those numbers are an issue.” ...

Zero antlerless permits likely to be issued in Northern Forest Zone April 17, 2014 Wisconsin, Price County Daily
... Last May the Northwoods was “treated” to a late season snowstorm that dumped over a foot of snow on the ground. That also seems to have had a profound impact on the health of the herd. Beringer said antler development on nearly every buck he saw at the registration stations last fall had lower-than-normal development and that nearly every yearling buck, along with many two-year old deer, were spikes...

DNR gauging winter's effects on deer herd April 17, 2014 Wisconsin, Wausau Daily Herald 
... about 30 percent of the collared fawns in the northern study have died this winter, while roughly 15 percent have died in the farmland area. In contrast, adult deer in both study areas appear to be doing well with six percent losses in the north and two percent losses in the farmlands...

Proposal would limit feeding and baiting deer April 16, 2014 Wisconsin, Fox11
...  hunters from across the state took part in a survey... The question calling for the ban had backing from 60 percent of the voters... Any changes in deer hunting rules will be made by the state Legislature...

Ashwaubenon deer population should not be killed April 16, 2014 Wisconsin, GreenBayPressGazette.com
... We are deeply saddened and disappointed that the Ashwaubenon Village Board is considering killing off many of the approximately 125 deer currently residing within village limits.  The deer population is native to this area and there is no adequate justification for trying to remove them ...Killing “excess” animals is not management...

Ashland County, Extremely severe winter has major impact on area deer herd April 16, 2014 Wisconsin, Ashland Wi 
... Naas said because of the severe deer mortality over the past two winters, he would not recommend any antlerless permits for this season, and that there might not be any available in 2015, except for youth, class A and C disabled hunters and military members home on leave ...  in 2013, the local buck harvest was down 23 percent, while the antlerless harvest was down 40 percent...

... the annual Sawyer County fishing and hunting rules hearing and Conservation Congress ... DNR wildlife biologist Laine Stowell, who said biologists are recommending a “bucks only” hunt this fall in northern Wisconsin units due to the effects on the deer herd of the brutal winter of 2013-14... starting in 2015, a Sawyer County committee (not yet established) will make the annual antlerless harvest quota recommendations...

...  The report says some deer died from trauma associated with running into the fence...  the DNR confirmed Tuesday evening that they were husky breed dogs. The USDA report says that two of the dogs were killed by the property owner inside the facility fence ...

... DNR wildlife staff are making extra efforts this spring to find and examine deer that have been struck by a vehicle. These general health assessments are trying to look at the overall health of the deer. Wildlife staff will be looking at fat levels at numerous parts of the body as well as checking for pregnancy. With a goal of ten assessments per county, the department hopes to gain a broad view of how winter impacts deer on a large scale.
    "A statewide effort to monitor body condition will give us a better sense of just how strongly this winter has impacted deer populations," said DNR Science Services research scientist Daniel Storm. "The county by county information will help us understand where the impacts of this winter were most severe.  The department is also paying close attention to the survival rates of over 200 radio-collared deer that are part of a four year deer research project...

Outdoor lovers vote to ban baiting, feeding April 15, 2014 Wisconsin, Sheboygan Hub
...  One question asked whether the state should ban deer baiting and feeding statewide 10 days before and during the 9-day November gun season.  Results the DNR released late Tuesday afternoon show 3,639 people voted yes and 2,180 voted no...

Pewaukee,  City eyes ways to check deer population April 16, 2014 Wisconsin, Living Lake Country 
... Officials heard from two concerned residents — Mark Buschman and Tom Perz — who asked to have a formal management plan ... As a starting point, Alderwoman Cheri Enters said she would favor a helicopter count as a means of gauging how many deer are spotted within the city's boundaries, and where they are most prevalent...

Marinette County, Deer season changes coming April 15, 2014 Wisconsin, EHEXTRA 
... Proposed antlerless quotas are much higher in the Central Farmland Zone of Marinette County than in the Northern Forest Zone, where quotas were lowered in part due to the high winter severity and expected deer mortality... Wisconsin is among the few states without automated deer registration. ...

Marathon County, DNR holds annual spring hearing April 14, 2014 Wisconsin, WFXS FOX55 
... we have had a very hard winter, so we will see some decline in the number of deer around here...

Deer Trustee Report sparks conversation at spring hearings April 14, 2014 Wisconsin, Chippewa Herald
...  the herd status for Chippewa County, saying the number of deer has remained steady in the last few years while spiking around the year 2000... Now hunters will need to specify whether their tags are for public or private lands ...

     The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute nearly $1.1 billion in excise tax revenues paid by sportsmen and sportswomen to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies to fund fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects across the nation. The Service’s Midwest Region received over $210 million dollars from the excise tax revenues....
     Wildlife Restoration Dollars are supporting a collaborative project by the Wisconsin DNR and the University of Wisconsin – Madison to study the mortality of white-tailed deer. The purpose of the study is to provide estimates of buck harvest rates, which will inform Wisconsin deer management and hunting policy. In addition to the buck project, the DNR and university are also partnering to study white-tailed deer fawn survival and cause-specific mortality to help measure population dynamics. The data from these studies will inform deer management decisions and improve hunting opportunities for Wisconsin hunters. Both of these projects have been made in part possible by Wildlife Restoration Dollars.

De Pere, Does The City Of De Pere Have Too Many Deer? April 8, 2014 Wisconsin, ABC2 WBAY 
... An aerial survey done in February found 119 deer within De Pere city limits... "there is no scientific formula that says you have a problem.  It's really up to the community ..."

Annual Conservation Congress meetings give residents a chance to be heard April 7, 2014 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Rapids Tribune 
... Wisconsin is the only state that has full-blown state-sanctioned hearings for collecting suggestions of fish and game management from the public, said Ed Culhane, DNR communications. The Conservation Congress has been in place in Wisconsin for 80 years ... “Everybody is claiming there’s no deer in the central forest area,” ...

Cold, Snow Impacts Wild Animals  April 6, 2014 Wisconsin, WSAW-TV 
... Eric Anderson, Wildlife Ecology professor at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, said the deer and turkey population will be impacted the most by the cold and snow... he'd be surprised if the antler-less hunting list does not get cut down dramatically next year...

Deer mortality might not be as severe as winter weather April 5, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... It's common to lose 5% of the deer herd to winter stress in a normal year, Kessler said. In severe winters, the number can exceed 30%... two deer along Highway FF near Brule... Both were killed as a result of vehicle collisions... A sample of two does not a study make. But Kessler said the deer were not on the verge of starvation...

State officials kept silent on CWD discovery at game farm April 4, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ·
... A state agriculture official acknowledged Friday that a second case of chronic wasting disease at a shooting preserve in Marathon County turned up on Feb. 24, but the agency declined to publicize the discovery... The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel learned of the newest case from veterinarian and former Natural Resources Board member David Clausen of Amery...

... . There are only 200 to 300 Albinos in the entire state of Wisconsin. We are very lucky to live near a State Forest and lots of private land. Albinos are protected in Northern Wisconsin and cannot be hunted...

White deer back in crosshairs? April 2, 2014 Wisconsin, Sauk Prairie Eagle
... State law has prevented the hunting of albino deer since 1940 ... a new question on the April 14 Wisconsin Conservation Congress voter ballot aims to steer a permanent, state-wide decision on the legality of hunting the rare animals...

Severed deer heads found in Dodge County April 1, 2014 Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Reporter
... in the Shaw Marsh Wildlife Area on March 29 in the town of Beaver Dam when he observed three deer heads with the antlers cut off ...  contact the Sheriff’s Department at (920) 386-3726...

Local deer herd status on agenda at spring hearings March 31, 2014 Wiscosin, WDNR
...  State wildlife biologists invite anyone interested in the status of their local deer herd to attend the annual spring fish and game hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, in their county... Milwaukee County: Nathan Hale High School Auditorium, 11601W. Lincoln Ave. in West Allis.   Kenosha County: Bristol School District #1 Gymnasium, 20121 83rd St. in Bristol.  Ozaukee County: Webster Middle School Commons, W75 N624 Wauwatosa Rd. in Cedarburg.  Racine County: Union Grove High School, 3433 S. Colony Ave. in Union Grove.  Walworth County: Delavan-Darien High School LRG Room 124/125, 150 Cummings St. in Delavan.  Waukesha County: Waukesha County Technical College, Richard Anderson Center, 800 Main St. in Pewaukee

Wisconsin to get $34.2 million in U.S. funds for restoration efforts March 29, 2014, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute a record $1.1 billion to states in 2014 as part of the agency's Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration programs.  Wisconsin will receive $34.2 million, most in state history. The allocation includes a record $23.4 million in wildlife funds, commonly known as Pittman-Robertson ... The money is raised through excise taxes on firearms, ammunition, hunting equipment, fishing tackle and boat fuel.  ...

Study suggests shooting more bucks to reduce CWD March 28, 2014 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette 
... A just-released University of Wisconsin study on chronic wasting disease recommends focusing more hunting pressure on the deer most likely to carry and spread CWD in whitetails: bucks, the males of the species.... Read the study

... The DNR says the herd suffered through a hard winter with deep snow that made finding food difficult. ...

How many deer are 'enough' in Door County? March 28, 2014 Wisconsin, Door County Advocate 
... Door deer hunter densities on opening day of the gun season over the past 10 years average about 28 per square mile of deer range ... The top Door deer kills took place in 1996, 2000 and 2004 ... historic Door deer harvest numbers and population estimates and share your thoughts at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/forum.html....

... This year’s ballot contains question #35, which asks, “Would you favor legalizing the harvest of white and albino deer statewide?” ... “From a strictly biological perspective, there is no reason to protect white deer.” So? Taking that “logic” to the extreme, there is also no biological reason to create music or art ...

Online chat March 27 focuses on DTR, DMAP and deer management March 25, 2014 Wisconsin, WDNR News
    DNR staff will be available for a live, online chat Thursday, March 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to answer questions regarding new deer hunting and program rules... To join the conversation, click the “Cover it Live Chat” box on the top of the DNR Facebook page, or go to the DNR website and click the graphic when the chat begins...

Severity index climbing, turkey, deer tips offered March 25, 2014 Wisconsin, Antigo Daily Journal
    “If you have been feeding deer, it would be a good idea to move to deer pellets instead of corn or hay.... “If you own property with timber, some of the best feeding you can do is cut down a few maple or aspen trees ...

Antler Hunting March 24, 2014 Wisconsin, Wauwatosa Now (blog)
... Whitetail deer of the male persuasion shed their antlers every winter and begin growing a new set with the arrival of spring.  ... now is a good time to be outdoors getting your fresh air and exercise and doing some antler hunting...

... The most obvious change will be the elimination of Deer Management Units (DMUs) and state park hunting zones. All deer management zones will now be on a county basis even if the habitat is not similar across the county...

Transmission of Chronic Wasting Disease in Wisconsin White-Tailed Deer: Implications for Disease Spread and Management [HTML] March 21, 2014 CS Jennelle, V Henaux, G Wasserberg, B Thiagarajan… - PLOS ONE, 2014
... our work supports the hypothesis of frequency-dependent transmission in wild deer at a broad spatial scale and indicates that effective harvest management can be implemented to control CWD prevalence. Specifically, we show that harvest focused on the greater-affected sex (males) can result in stable population dynamics and control of CWD within the next 50 years, given the constraints of the model. We also provide a quantitative estimate of geographic disease spread in southern Wisconsin, validating qualitative assessments that CWD spreads relatively slowly....

DNR is measuring winter's impact on deer and turkey March 20, 2014 Wisconsin, Price County Daily
... "We have received some reports of dead deer and turkey, especially in northern Wisconsin where snow is more than 30 inches deep in some areas," said Tom Hauge, director of wildlife management ... DNR biologists are asking the public to report any observations of winter deer mortality. The reports can be submitted through the DNR website by searching for keywords "dead deer." ...

Deer density study planned March 20, 2014 Wisconsin, WTAQ
... The study would divide 900 acres in Vilas County into several fenced areas ...Some areas will contain no deer at all. Low density enclosures will contain 3 deer over 120 acres. Moderate densities will be 90 acres and contain four deer. High density ones will include 5 deer in an 80 acre parcel. [Deer will not be allowed to move around as they would in the natural environment] ...

Deer meetings to be held at April 14 spring hearings March 18, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... Department of Natural Resources officials will hold this year's deer herd status meetings in conjunction with the annual Wisconsin spring conservation hearings.  The meetings, formally called the Department of Natural Resources Annual Spring Fish & Wildlife Public Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress Annual Spring County Meetings, will be held simultaneously in all 72 counties at 7 p.m. on April 12... 

... “We’re lucky we don’t have any of those high-profile diseases in our deer herd right now,” Munson Badini said.  “Chronic Wasting Disease is in Wisconsin and it’s being found further north in Wisconsin, so that is definitely on our radar ...

... Be it resolved, in order to create local deer herds within the State with more balance, older buck age structures and adult deer sex ratios, the Conservation Congress should work with the WDNR to introduce a rule change that would only allow state deer hunters to obtain one-buck tag per year, regardless of the weapon specific deer licenses purchased. ..

A smarter, 'passive' plan to fight CWD March 15, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Anthony C. Grabski
... Although claims have been made by researchers at the University of Illinois that "culling is a textbook strategy for control," ... Evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin and common sense also do not agree with culling as a disease control strategy in wild animal populations.... due to lowered infection and mortality, deer with the resistant genotypes had a significant reproductive advantage. This advantage would drive natural selection toward a predominantly CWD-resistant population within 250 years at low infection rates and within 50 years at high infection rates... 

DNR secretary envisions elk hunt in Wisconsin March 14, 2014 CentralWisconsinHub.com
...  We’re in discussions with a neighboring state to diversify the gene pool of the Wisconsin elk to see a heartier population. We’re mindful of the fact that young elk are susceptible to predators and we have to manage that effectively. I see that coming in the next couple years...

This an exceptionally bad winter for local deer herd March 14, 2014 Wisconsin, Antigo Daily Journal
... “It’s probably one of our harshest winters,” ... McCullough said that while widespread deer deaths have not been reported, he expected that will begin soon... "The deer are browsing cedar, hemlock and other brush in area,"  ...

Shades of white: Clark County case raises questions on white deer regulations March 14, 2014 Wisconsin, Eau Claire Country Today
... A Clark County hunter has forfeited his deer in a case that is raising questions on the clarity of Wisconsin’s hunting regulations pertaining to white deer...  which local wardens deemed a protected white deer...

... Three years ago Kasey Morgan used bloodhounds to track 50 wounded deer in Wisconsin...  last year it rose to 70... Hunting deer with the aid of free-ranging dogs is illegal in Wisconsin, but it is legal to track wounded deer with a hound on a leash ...

Severe winter conditions lead to questions about deer feeding March 13, 2014 Wisconsin, Starjournalnow
... Deer feeding is regulated under Wisconsin law and is prohibited in counties affected by chronic wasting disease... A commercialized pellet - or mixes containing small quantities of corn, plus alfalfa, oats and soybeans, as well as various vitamins and minerals - is the best choice...

De Pere, Deer concerns have De Pere revisiting hunting limits March 13, 2014 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... City officials have been receiving increasing numbers of complaints about deer in the city limits. It recently pooled money with surrounding communities to hire a helicopter to conduct a deer census to find whether the deer population is high enough to justify some kind of controlled hunt... 

CWD Worsens to Record Levels in Wisconsin March 12, 2014  Bowhunting.Com
...  The DNR has collected 4,319 deer samples since April 1, 2013, or 9 percent fewer than it sampled during the 2012 collection period (4,747). Even so, the 350 new cases are already 17 more . ... In CWD’s core area west of Madison, disease rates set records again during the 2013 hunting seasons. For bucks 2.5 years and older, 24 percent had the disease, up from 8 percent in 2002 ...

Ghost deer March 12, 2014 Wisconsin, The Stevens Point Journal
... two extremely rare, albino deer stepped into a clearing in the snow-covered woodlands at sunset … The beauty of these angelic woodland dwellers is breathtaking, as is their silence as they slowly moved back into the deep trees ...

DNR is measuring winter's impact on deer and turkey March 11, 2014 Wisconsin, WDNR News
...  As one of the harshest winters on record continues its icy grip on Wisconsin state wildlife officials are monitoring its effects on wildlife, particularly deer and turkey.
"We have received some reports of dead deer and turkey, especially in northern Wisconsin where snow is more than 30 inches deep in some areas," said Tom Hauge, director of wildlife management for the Department of Natural Resources.
    DNR biologists are asking the public to report any observations of winter deer mortality. The reports can be submitted through the DNR website by searching for keywords "dead deer."  Concerned citizens can also search the DNR staff directory for local wildlife biologists and technicians to receive their reports. Additionally, DNR biologists are working in the field this time of year, monitoring deer and their habitats and talking to loggers, foresters, trappers and others who frequent the winter woods...

... a prize buck on a game farm in eastern Marathon County tested positive for chronic wasting disease ... The herd had been “closed” for more than a decade ,,, no deer had been brought into the operations from the outside. Both the hunting ranch and the breeding farm are double-fenced, which keeps wild deer from getting close to the captive animals to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease.  No deer had tested positive on the preserve before ...

Put CWD ugliness to use March 7, 2014 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette 
...  Deer now carrying CWD won’t recover. Once it’s in their system, their life expectancy is 18 months....  As sick deer near their end, they usually go into seclusion. Once they’re debilitated, they’re easy prey for coyotes... If all we’re going to do is watch and monitor CWD ... we should at least show people what it looks like....

Feeding Deer in Wisconsin March 7, 2014 WDNR News
... Biologists are receiving many inquiries about feeding deer. Deer feeding is strictly regulated in Wisconsin and is prohibited in and around areas where chronic wasting disease has been found. Rules can be found by searching the DNR website for "baiting and feeding." Check out a winter deer feeding factsheet [PDF] for information on why feeding straight corn or hay to deer can be more harmful that helpful to deer, especially in the north or contact a local wildlife biologists for more information...

... I retired from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in 1996 after a 34-year career ... The current recommendations for implementation in 2014 and beyond include a system of deer management based on county boundaries. This approach would negate longstanding records of deer harvest and herd performance by management unit...  We would have to rely on perceptions of deer numbers ...

Vote April 14 to save our white deer March 2, 2014 Wisconsin, Madison 
... Question #35, which will be posed to citizens attending the April 14 DNR/Conservation Congress statewide public election and vote: “Would you favor legalizing the harvest of white and albino deer statewide?” ... Mike Crowley, a Boulder Junction photographer, hosts a website picturing white deer ... federal Senate Bill 1996 which has passed the House of Representatives and is poised for a vote in the Senate... opens protected national parks, BLM lands, and national forests for hunting ...

Wisconsin grant program aims for safe, ethical hunting practices March 2, 2014 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... Wisconsin groups may begin applying Monday for grants in a new state program designed to promote safe and ethical hunting... The grants will be capped at $10,000 each to help distribute the funds widely... The application will be available online only beginning Monday by searching the DNR website for "grants" and clicking on the button for "find a grant." ...

Commission considers hunting rule changes March 2, 2014 Wisconsin, TheNewsTribune.com
... On Friday, the commission will be briefed and hold public hearings on proposed changes to rules and season dates for 2014 and 2015... Reducing fees for multiseason deer permit holders ... 

 ... In CWD’s core area west of Madison ... For bucks 21/2 years and older, 24 percent had the disease, up from 8 percent in 2002 and from 22.5 percent in 2012. In females 21/2 and older, nearly 11 percent had the disease, up from 3 percent in 2002 and from 9.5 percent in 2012. In 11/2-year-old deer, the rates were 7.5 percent for bucks, up from 1.8 percent in 2002 and from 6.5 percent in 2012; and 6.5 percent for does (3 percent, 2002; 5.5 percent in 2012)...

Wisconsin Deer Project February 28, 2014 First For Wildlife
... In the first three months of life, survival of newborn fawns in the Northwoods varied substantially year-to-year, with survival ranging from 22 percent to 52 percent. Predation is the most common cause of death for fawns in the Northwoods.  Predation of fawns by bears, bobcats, and coyotes have all been confirmed.  In the farmland study site, fawn survival has ranged from 58 percent to 62 percent. Surprisingly, the most common cause of death for fawns in the farmland was starvation, not predation...

Wisconsin Deer Project February 28, 2014 First For Wildlife
... In the first three months of life, survival of newborn fawns in the Northwoods varied substantially year-to-year, with survival ranging from 22 percent to 52 percent. Predation is the most common cause of death for fawns in the Northwoods.  Predation of fawns by bears, bobcats, and coyotes have all been confirmed.  In the farmland study site, fawn survival has ranged from 58 percent to 62 percent. Surprisingly, the most common cause of death for fawns in the farmland was starvation, not predation...

... Deep snow and severe cold has some people concerned that the state’s deer herd will starve, and while Minnesota has begun an emergency deer feeding program, Wisconsin won’t follow suit...

   Through 12 years of ongoing surveillance efforts, Department of Natural Resources officials are able to maintain a current picture of trends and prevalence of chronic wasting disease within the area previously known as the CWD management zone [PDF] in southern Wisconsin. Based on 2013 test results for the western monitoring area, encompassing western Dane and Eastern Iowa counties where sampling has been occurring annually since the disease was discovered, current prevalence is near 25 percent for adult male white-tailed deer, 10 percent for adult female deer, about 7 percent in yearling males and about 6 percent in yearling females. Prevalence has increased in all categories...
     Beginning in 2014, with the approval of the Deer Trustee Report rule package, DNR will have a new funding source available beginning this fall to provide hunter service testing statewide. The funding comes from having the authority to apply $5 from each additional antlerless deer permit sale in CWD-affected counties towards CWD testing and monitoring....

1 in 4 deer in Iowa, western Dane counties has chronic wasting disease February 25, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... Chronic wasting disease continues to spread in western Dane and Iowa counties, where about 1 in 4 male adult deer is believed to have the fatal deer malady...  That's more than double the figure of 2002 ...  a prevalence rate of about 10% among adult females, compared with 3% to 4% in 2002... 

... Rory Kuenzi and two other men were convicted of running down deer with their snowmobiles and killing them... sentenced Kuenzi to 11 years in prison...

... “In the revised version of the CWD program, nearly all of the guidelines, all the options that were more stringent, were deleted at the request of the captive-cervid industry; and more liberal guidelines were added that greatly increase risks,” ... Professor John Fischer of the University of Georgia told the 37th meeting of the Southeast Deer Study Group ...“What’s at risk here is the health of our nation’s wildlife populations.” ...

New chronic wasting disease rules enhance risks February 21, 2014 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette 
... The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new CWD certification program for captive elk and deer herds ... “increase the risk of CWD, they facilitate perpetuation of CWD in captive-cervid herds and the environment, and they increase the risk of CWD transmission from captive cervids to other captive herds, as well as to free-ranging wildlife.”  ... professor John Fischer of the University of Georgia ...

Reedsburg City changes bow hunting ordinance February 19, 2014 Wisconsin, Reedsburg Times Press
... Wisconsin Act 71, which became state law this past December, limits the power of municipalities to restrict bow hunting... The new state law – and soon the city’s revised ordinance – specifies that bow hunting within 300 feet of a building is allowed with the permission of the building owner...

Rough winter leads to deer feeding February 15 Wisconsin, Asbury Park Press 
... The state uses a Winter Severity Index (WSI) ...calculated by accumulating one point for each day air temperatures are at, or below, zero degrees and one additional point for each day that snow is more than 15 inches deep. Anything less than a 100 WSI reading is considered a mild winter and anything above it starts to raise concerns... some regions in the northeast part of the state have now exceeded the 100 WSI thresholds..

The White Monarch of Wisconsin - February 14, 2014



Green Bay, Aerial survey targets Green Bay’s urban deer population February 14, 2014 Wisconsin, Fox11
... The Department of Natural Resources recommends a target limit of 25 deer per mile. Ashwaubenon surveyed seven square miles, and counted 134 deer. That’s below the standard ... “There’s an 11-pointer, an 8-pointer, a bunch of other ones. I’d like to maybe take the bow back there and get a shot at a couple of them,” ,” said Jake Mellen, Ashwaubenon ...

... Many of the hundreds of registration station proprietors, mostly of convenience stores, filling stations and bars, were disappointed when the Natural Resources Board voted unanimously Jan. 27 to shift from in-person registration to online or phone-in registration... Registration systems are primarily for wildlife management employees to manage populations ...

... when you visit bustling registration stations after dusk on opening day, you see the hoofs, heads, antlers and split chest cavities of countless deer atop car trunks, pickup beds and hitch-hauls. All those carcasses make you realize this is an actual herd, one requiring miles upon miles of woodlots, marshes, forests, fields, plants and crops to sustain its many mouths...

Green Lake, City deer shoot easily renewed February 12, 2014 Wisconsin,  Ripon Commonwealth Press
... The program began in 2007, using trained sharpshooter Jason Reysen — a city police officer who also serves on the county’s Combined Tactical Unit. Reysen has shot 42 city deer since that time.... $100 per deer ....

White Deer Spotted in Grafton February 12, 2014 Wisconsin, CBS 58
... A white deer was spotted in Grafton earlier this week. The animal was seen roaming through a wooded area with other deer ... this isn’t the first time a white deer has been seen in this area...

State tracks 81 deer from game farm with CWD buck February 11, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... 81 deer have been traced to farms in Wisconsin and seven other states from a deer operation that produced the first case of chronic wasting disease at a game farm in five years... the 5-year-old male had been at the shooting preserve for 37 months. The longest a deer has lived since exposure, without clinical signs of the disease, is about 28 months. CWD is a neurological disease that often causes deer to become emaciated...

Gov. Walker visits Bloomer, talks deer registration February 10, 2014 Wisconsin, WQOW.com 
... Over the weekend, he signed off on changes to the Wisconsin deer hunt, including doing away with in-person deer registration stations. One tavern owner who's registered deer for years told us he's concerned about the impact on his business.  "Certainly we'll
look at that and monitor it closely [Walker] ...

Albino deer and tundra swans among April DNR hearing February 10, 2014 Wisconsin, WQOW.com 
...  Right now, it's against the law to shoot albino, or white deer except in CWD zones, but the DNR says from a biological perspective, there's no reason to protect them...  Residents will be able to vote on all of those questions, and many more at the spring hearings. They will be held on April 14th...

DNR changes deer registration for the worst February 7, 2014 Wisconsin, Fourth Estate Newspaper
... the days of registering deer in person may soon be thrown out the window ... Deer slayers old and young alike will get to stare at a computer or cell phone screen instead...DNR hopes to save as much as $182,000 a year ...  how does the DNR expect to know anything about the kill? ...

Aerial deer survey to resume around Shell Lake February 6, 2014 Wisconsin, Spooner Advocate 
...  aerial surveys ... where a doe tested in 2011 was found to have chronic wasting disease... The survey will help wildlife managers estimate the deer population in the area and help identify high concentrations of deer... 

Harsh winter prompts talk of deer feeding and habitat February 5, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... The winter of 2013-'14 is shaping up to be one of the most severe in Wisconsin in over a decade... The plight of deer this winter is causing more people than usual to inquire about artificial feeding... the winter of 1995-'96 was very severe and an estimated 130,000 deer died in northern Wisconsin The next winter was very tough, too, and another 70,000 deer were lost from a smaller population... 

... The new fees would range from $2,000 for spreads measuring at least 125 inches to $10,000 for spreads over 170 inches... Criminal deer poaching violations are generally a misdemeanor under current Wisconsin law punishable by up to $2,000 in fines, six months in jail and loss of hunting and fishing licenses ...

Deer baiting and feeding ban expands to include Waupaca County February 5, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... A dozen years after chronic wasting disease was discovered in Wisconsin's deer herd, the prohibition on baiting and feeding has expanded to 35 of the state's 72 counties.... 

DNR's Stepp backs deer changes February 4, 2014 Wisconsin, Chippewa Herald
... The first question was from a hunter who has a cabin in Minong and said he didn’t see any deer tracks this past November... “We definitely have a predator issue, and we’re working through that,” she volunteered...

Telecheck Deer: The Way of the Future or a Missed Opportunity? February 3, 2014 Wisconsin, Outdoor Life Magazine 
... Wisconsin officials have voted unanimously to remove in-person deer check ...  every time we lose a place where hunters can gather, we lose a little bit of the fabric that binds us as a community of people ... the other thing about mandatory check stations: they collect and reveal important biological information. Dead deer—every dead deer—has a tale to tell and that's takes on even more importance in this age of CWD, EHD, and point restrictions...

Wildlife groups cheer farm bill provisions February 2, 2014 Wisconsin,  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... Provisions in the bill encourage the conservation of our nation's remaining wetlands and grasslands, which help keep our waters clean, prevent soil erosion and provide vital habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife ... The Senate must approve the bill ...

Deer hunting rules package ignores more than it tweaks February 1, 2014 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette 
...  the agency lists five categories of Deer Trustee recommendations, four of which required public input. Of those, the rules address two: DMAP and regulation/season structure; and snubs two: science/research and herd health/chronic wasting disease... Nowhere does it offer new research to better monitor CWD’s continued spread or test methods to slow or stop it... the Legislature removed the DNR’s best tool for controlling the herd: earn-a-buck...

Deer in distress: Harsh winter taking its toll February 1, 2014 Wisconsin, ashlandwi.com 
... “We’re losing deer already,” ... ABC Sportsmen Club has decided to take steps towards helping deer make it through the winter...  they decided to take $3,000 and purchase deer formula and corn by the ton. By using the formula and corn mix, it provides the deer with a food that would be more beneficial for them...


Harsh winter could take toll on state's deer herd January 31, 2014 Wisconsin,  Wausau Daily Herald 
... deer that are struggling to find food... “I’m hearing from loggers up north that are starting to find deer dead,” ... locations such as Bayfield and Douglas counties already are into the “severe” range with plenty of winter left... 

Red Fox declines Coincide with Lyme Disease Increases  January 31, 2014 Wisconsin, bowhunting.com 
...  If red fox weren’t being killed and driven from so many of their haunts by exploding coyote populations, we’d probably have fewer small rodents to spread the Lyme disease bacteria, B. burgdorferi. ... Deer, no doubt, help cause high tick numbers because they can carry lots of adult breeding-age deer ticks.,, But deer ticks most often spread Lyme disease to humans as nymphs, their second life-stage. That’s when they are common on small rodents...

Wis. DNR asks public to report dead deer January 31, 2014 Wisconsin, San Francisco Gate
      The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wants people to report any dead deer they see as the agency works to track the harsh winter's toll on the state herd. Last year's significant snow and cold that persisted into May ...

DNR needs outside auditor to count deer January 30, 2014 Wisconsin,  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker on Thursday called for an independent auditor to monitor the health population of Wisconsin deer, saying a third party is needed because many hunters had lost faith in how the Department of Natural Resources manages the herd...

Deer rules don't seem to be aimed at solving problems January 29, 2014 Wisconsin, madison 
... What the plan ignores is stunning... Nowhere does it offer new research to better monitor CWD’s continued spread or test methods to slow or stop it... these rules will have none or minimal effect on the forest products industry is based on estimates that these rules will not result in significant (deer) increases.” ... none or a minimal effect on ... vehicle deer collisions ...

State wildlife officials monitoring winter's impact on deer herd January 28, 2014 Wisconsin, Leader-Telegram 
... deep snows and cold temperatures ... feeding can do more harm than good if done improperly ...  straight corn and hay are not recommended as they can be harmful. Instead, a commercialized pellet or mixes containing small quantities of corn, plus alfalfa, oats, and soybeans, as well as various vitamins and minerals is preferable from a deer health concern. It should be spread out to reduce fighting, away from roads ...

Study sheds light on top causes of deer mortality January 25, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
...  in northern Wisconsin ...The rates of mortality were human hunting 43%, starvation 9%, coyote 7%, wolf 6% and roadkill 6%...  poaching (8%).... On average, 73% of female deer and 47% of the adult bucks in the northern study survived the year....The eight-week survival average is 58% for fawns in the northern study area and 76% in the eastern farmland.  Of the fawns that died in summer in the northern study area, 79% were taken by predators. Black bears led the way, killing nine fawns, followed by coyote (six) and bobcat (six)...

Some object to new deer hunting registration rules January 25, 2014 Wisconsin, madison
... eliminating in-person deer registration in favor of online or phone registration ... With harsh winters and heavy snow, northern Wisconsin already has experienced a low deer count in recent years, Quall said, and now is not the time to have less-accurate numbers...

Wisconsin Whiffs on New Deer Management Plan January 23, 2014 deeranddeerhunting.com 
... New Rule: Do away with quantitative deer population goals, and instead express the local deer management objectives as “increase, decrease or stabilize.” Analysis: Perhaps my favorite among all of the recommendations. In fact, we all should use the same approach when visiting the doctor for our annual physicals. “Hey, Doc, I want less cancer this year. Don’t bore me with the details.” ...

Online deer registration is a bad idea for Wisconsin January 23, 2014 Isthmus Daily Page 
... . Hunting is not about efficiency. Nothing about the Wisconsin deer hunt is efficient. Pound for pound, honestly harvested venison is about the most expensive meat you can find... The Wisconsin deer hunt is fundamentally a social activity... Online registration takes away another one of those excuses to mix it up with other hunters, to tell stories and to strengthen the tribe...

Numeric deer population goals to be discontinued January 23, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
...  The Natural Resources Board on Wednesday unanimously approved a package of regulations that includes some of the most substantial changes to Wisconsin deer management in decades... Perhaps the most notable amendment requires the DNR to use the Sex-Age-Kill model to estimate deer populations "until it has been determined alternative methods provide comparable information." ...

Businesses react to deer hunt change January 23, 2014 Wisconsin, Wausau Daily Herald 
... Eliminating in-person deer registration in Wisconsin will impact deer hunting traditions and business income, owners of Fond du Lac area registration station say.  
“It’s going to be bad for business,”  ... Last year, hunters registered 843 deer at Dutch’s on North Main Street, 419 of those were registered during the nine-day gun deer season....

...  Wisconsin wildlife officials agreed Wednesday to eliminate in-person deer check stations by next year ... The provision was part of a sweeping rules package implementing Texas researcher James Kroll's recommendations ... simplifying population goals into broad statements such as "increase or decrease the herd," creating cheaper antlerless tags for landowners who agree to share data from kills with the DNR ...

Deer registration may end at gas stations, bars January 20, 2014 Wisconsin, wsau.com · 
... Deer hunters and the businesses they patronize are both crying foul over a plan to end deer registrations at places like bars and gas stations... phone and Internet registrations would begin this fall ...

Holiday hunt more than an afterthought, CWD January 18, 2014 Wisconsin, 77Square.com 
... One hunter killed two young bucks, one for a landowner, home processed them but then tossed out the venison because they tested positive for CWD. This made six CWD-positives of the past eight deer he has killed.  I ran into hunters who do not appreciate, nor understand, the passive approach state officials are taking toward this lethal deer, elk and moose disease....

Ironwood , MDNR officials hear complaints about dwindling deer numbers January 17, 2014 Wisconsin, Your Daily Globe.com
... Area hunters fear the worst may be yet to come regarding deer numbers in the western Upper Peninsula.  Hunters voiced concerns about lack of deer to the Department of Natural Resources at a Thursday meeting attended by about 75 people at Gogebic Community College....

Brookfield, Survey shows stable deer population in Brookfield January 17, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... Since 2001, the city has contracted with sharp shooters to cull the local deer population... The population has hovered near 350 for several years... a goal to kill about one-third of the population ... to maintain fewer than 30 to 50 deer per square mile of "habitat area." ... 



DNR issues deer proposals; Friday deadline for comment January 16, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (blog)... The Department of Natural Resources has issued its final recommendations for changes to deer hunting regulations arising from the 2012 Deer Trustee Report... The DNR's final proposals are listed in a Green Sheet of rules changes and will be considered at the Jan. 22 meeting of the Natural Resources Board in Madison.  The public has one last chance to comment on the proposals or request an appearance before the board. Written comments are due by 11 a.m. Friday...

Big changes coming to deer management January 16, 2014 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette 
... Two major changes include dropping current management units in favor of county borders, Indian reservations and metro zones, as well as going to online and phone registration...  As unpopular as earn-a-buck was, it ended up saving bucks, allowing more to grow to older year classes.  Bonus buck has the potential to do the opposite. You’ll be able to shoot two bucks and one antlerless deer for the price of one deer hunting license ...

DNR pulls back on plans for holiday gun deer season January 15, 2014 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune
... The state currently has a holiday deer hunt in the Chronic Wasting Disease Zone in southern Wisconsin, where the DNR is trying to reduce the deer population to slow the spread of CWD...  responding to pressure from central Wisconsin counties and snowmobilers, the DNR cut back on the planned expansion and is now asking for only a modest expansion...

New pathways to hunting January 11, 2014 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... As hunting license sales peaked and began to decline in recent decades, hunting advocates began examining recruitment issues... The latest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service data show a slight increase in the number of hunters. The number of female hunters, too ... hunting provides funding for a wide range of game and nongame wildlife programs ...

Populations of predators affect human disease January 11, 2014 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette 
... research — led by then-doctoral student Taal Levi, now an ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New York — found that increases in Lyme disease in the Northeast and Midwest the past three decades seldom correlated with deer abundance.  Instead, Levi found the disease consistently correlated to range-wide declines in red fox...

Ojibwe Tribes Appeal Ruling In Nocturnal Deer Hunting Case January 10, 2014 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio News
Ojibwe tribes in northern Wisconsin have filed an appeal in the legal battle with the state over the right to hunt deer at night ... The Ojibwe tribes say they can hunt deer at night safely, in the same way the state hunts deer at night to control Chronic Wasting Disease... 

Decisions due on state deer management January 10, 2014 Wisconsin, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram 
... Last fall the DNR held 35 public hearings statewide on the Kroll recommendations. Not many hunters showed up, with just 497 appearances at those hearings. Roughly one-third of them were snowmobilers concerned about the holiday hunt ...   Only 3,812 people responded to an online survey on the proposed changes outlined in the Kroll report ...Of those, about 1,000 were snowmobilers ... Overall, less than half of 1 percent of state deer hunters weighed in on the final proposals ...

DNR invites Upper Peninsula deer hunters to series of open houses January 9, 2014 Wisconsin, WDNR News
     The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Upper Peninsula Deer Advisory Team (UPDAT) invite Upper Peninsula deer hunters to a series of open houses in January and February to learn more about regional deer management, UPDAT activities, and hunting license changes for 2014. The open houses will be held in eight U.P. locations, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 14 and running through Thursday, Feb. 6.b “This is the public’s opportunity to learn what we have been working on in the U.P. and also to share with us and the UPDAT what they feel are the most important deer-related issues in the region,” said DNR deer program biologist and UPDAT co-chair Ashley Autenrieth.  Each open house will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. local time. The schedule of open houses is as follows:
 
Jan. 14 – Holiday Inn, Sault Ste. Marie
Jan. 16 – Gogebic Community College, Lindquist Student Center
Jan. 21 – Iron Mountain, Bay College West, Fornetti Hall, Room 104
Jan. 23 – Marquette, Ramada Inn
Jan. 28 – Munising, Sydney’s Restaurant
Jan. 30 – Baraga, Ottawa Sportsmen’s Club
Feb. 4 – Newberry, Comfort Inn
Feb. 6 – Escanaba, Bay de Noc Community College
      “It is our hope that by the end of the evening, you will know how the UPDAT functions, the type of issues being discussed, the name and contact information for your local representative, and – most importantly – how you can participate in the process,” said DNR Regional Wildlife Supervisor Terry Minzey.  
The UPDAT is a group of citizens who work with the DNR Wildlife Division to provide input from local communities on regional deer management issues. Visit www.michigan.gov/deer for more information on the DNR’s Deer Advisory Teams and deer management in Michigan.

Wis. DNR looking for more deer volunteers January 8, 2014 Wisconsin, 2 WBAY 
... The state Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers to help researchers with a deer mortality study early next year.... call  Mike Watt at 608-221-6376.    [or use this link to the DNR website describing projects for volunteers]

More on the gun deer season from the DNR Woodruff Team, baiting January 1, 2014 Wisconsin, Lakeland Times 
... Baiting and feeding continues to be a source of conflict for adjacent property owners. Many hunters would prefer not to bait but feel they need to in order to compete with the neighbors in order to see deer... Illegal baits are the number one issue that keeps the wardens in the Florence County area the busiest ...

Deer totals down all over Upper Midwest December 28, 2013 Wisconsin, 77Square.com
... Wisconsin’s gun-season totals aren’t final ... The buck kill fell to 97,765 bucks, 15 percent lower than 2012... In Minnesota ... 7 percent below the 153,224 deer registered during the same time in 2012... In Illinois, the combined kill from its two firearms seasons was 74,191, a 25 percent decline from 99,546 in 2012... the Upper Peninsula’s kill fell an estimated 15 to 20 percent ... 

Wisconsin hunters, trappers kill 257 wolves December 28, 2013 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Wisconsin's second regulated wolf hunt ... The DNR more than doubled the wolf kill this year as it works to reduce the population toward the 350-wolf goal expressed in the 1999 Wisconsin management plan... Wisconsin had an estimated 809 to 834 wolves in 214 packs in late winter 2013...

Clark, other Dems demand action on CWD December 22, 2013 Wisconsin, Portage Daily Register 
...The disease was first detected in Wisconsin near Mount Horeb in 2002.  ... The agency immediately adopted a plan that called for reducing the local herd to slow the disease’s spread..  A 2006 audit found the number of deer in the area had actually increased... DNR Lands Division Administrator Kurt Thiede said the public won’t support another herd reduction push...

Deer season quiet overall for area wardens, but violations up from 2012  December 22, 2013 Wisconsin, Lakeland Times 
...  “A lot more baiting issues, complaints, overall.” ...  the number of illegal deer was about what they’ve seen relative to past years. Most of the illegal deer this year were the result of confusion...

Lack of deer worries hunter about future seasons December 20, 2013 Wisconsin, Starjournalnow
... During the recently completed gun-deer season, we shared details of what we saw in the woods each day. Very few deer were seen and a lot of those who spent the entire nine-day season hunting did not see any deer. Each evening we concluded that there were fewer deer than there were last year... look at the following numbers to get a feeling on how low the kill numbers were in northern Wisconsin. 

Year Bucks Antlerless Total
2011 1747 2014 3761
2012 1632 1054 2686
2013 1505 792 2297

... They criticized the Department of Natural Resources during a hearing on deer management for bowing to public pressure to quit trying to reduce the deer herd in hopes of slowing the disease's spread.  "At some point ... you need to suck it up and deal with it," committee member Chris Danou, D-Trempeleau, told DNR officials ...

... The DNR has been focusing surveillance around the fringes of the CWD management zone to better understand the distribution of the disease ... The DNR believes more than 20 percent of adult male deer and about 9 percent of adult female deer in the state herd carry the disease now...

Second CWD positive deer found in Grant County December 16, 2013 Wisconsin, WDNR News
...  A second deer in Grant County from outside the current chronic wasting disease management zone has tested positive for the disease. The 1.5-year-old buck was killed and registered Nov. 24.  The most recent CWD-positive deer was harvested near the center of the county about 7.5 miles from the border of the CWD management zone and about four miles from the first positive which was buck shot during the 2012 season.
“This is why we have focused surveillance around the fringes of the CWD management zone, to better understand the distribution of the disease and identify the presence of the disease in periphery areas,” said Don Bates, DNR CWD operations supervisor. “Based on the 2012 positive deer, and what is known about the disease and how it spreads, finding another CWD-positive outside the current zone boundary was not unexpected.”
     This is the third year that DNR has focused surveillance around the boundaries of the existing CWD management zone. Sampling of deer is voluntary in these areas and in Grant County, DNR partners with private businesses to collect samples.

New law opens more spots for deer hunters December 14, 2013, Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette
... This new law, Act 71, provides that a local governmental unit may not enact or adopt a restriction that prohibits bow or crossbow hunting within the jurisdiction of that local governmental unit with one exception: it may prohibit a person from hunting within a specified distance, not to exceed 100 yards, of a building used for human occupancy that is located on another person’s land...

Aerial deer surveys in CWD management zones December 13, 2013 Wisconsin,  WDNR News
      Landowners may see a low-flying helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft over portions of the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone in southern and southeast Wisconsin beginning as soon as late December. Department of Natural Resources biologists will once again be conducting aerial deer counts over the next several months, weather and snow cover permitting. Agency staff will use the helicopter and airplanes to help estimate deer populations.  DNR biologists anticipate the helicopter surveys will be completed by mid-February, but “everything is dependent on having several inches of snow on the ground to cover logs, rocks, and stumps so deer are clearly visible on the landscape,” said agency wildlife population ecologist Robert Rolley. A lack of snow cover in December or January would result in the counts being delayed.
     Fixed-wing deer surveys are done at about 500 feet above ground in straight line transects oriented east-west and extend across the length of some of the CWD Deer Management Units. The crew again consists of a pilot and two observers. About 3,500 linear miles will be surveyed in the current CWD management zone, and the results provide an index of relative deer abundance in each DMU.

Judge denies Wis. Chippewa's night deer hunt bid December 13, 2013 Wisconsin, Sheboygan Press.com 
... A federal judge on Friday refused to let Wisconsin's Chippewa tribes hunt deer at night, ruling the tribes failed to justify reworking a long-standing treaty rights decision to allow the practice.  The state Department of Natural Resources has long banned hunting deer at night out of safety concerns....

Bambi's got nothing on Midwest deer drama December 13, 2013 Wisconsin, Chicago Tribute
..."They can't just run around killing baby deer." ... [Governor] Walker, knowing a bad story when he sees one, ordered the bureaucrats to develop new policies for orphaned deer... the fallout from the Giggles killing caused the state to change some policies. Now, orphan deer found within chronic wasting disease zones may be rehabilitated...

Deer herd has been declining for a decade December 12, 2013 Wisconsin, ashlandwi.com 
... If anyone thinks that northern Wisconsin can have a four-month bow season, a hunt for the disabled, a youth hunt, a nine-day gun season, a T-zone hunt, and a T-zone hunt, and a T-zone hunt – And then throw in a year of earn-a-buck, a black powder season and a couple more T-zone hunts. Well??? The deer herd can’t possibly handle this type of pressure...

Final deer-hunt numbers disappoint December 11, 2013 Wisconsin, WTAQ ·
... The statewide deer harvest was down 7-percent to around 226,000. Fifteen-percent fewer bucks were killed, and the popular northern region had a 15-percent drop in its total harvest ...  the long winter from a year ago took a toll on the herd in the north ...

Michael Cox sentenced for intentionally running down a deer December 11, 2013 Wisconsin, FOX6Now.com Milwaukee 
... sentenced Wednesday to 120 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and three-year revocation of his license... the surveillance video does not show any attempt to do anything — other than directly hit the deer, according to officials...

Gov. Walker signs crossbow hunting bill December 11, 2013 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... The legislation, now called Act 61, creates a crossbow hunting license and a crossbow hunting season. Hunters of all legal ages and abilities will be eligible to purchase the license...

Wasting disease found in Wisconsin deer December 10, 2013 Agri News
... A deer killed on a hunting preserve in central Wisconsin has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the first new case in five years on a game farm in the state, officials said... near Eland in Marathon County ...

Waukesha,County deer numbers up December 9, 2013 Wisconsin, LivingLakeCountry.com
... "It was downright brutal out there early in the week, and the opening weekend totals reflected that," said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist ... healthy herds here in southern Wisconsin. While the numbers are still preliminary, Waukesha County shows a slight increase in overall deer kills. ...

December antlerless deer hunt will go on December 7, 2013 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette 
...  three Republican lawmakers requested an emergency closure of this year’s four-day antlerless hunt ... What many believe is needed is long-term reduction of antlerless tags in units below goal in the north. I’d also recommend separation of public vs. private tags, promotion of more logging to create younger forest habitat ...

It’s too late to cancel antlerless deer hunt December 7, 2013 Wisconsin, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
 A state Department of Natural Resources official says it’s too late to cancel a four-day antlerless deer hunt in northern Wisconsin, as three Republican lawmakers are requesting …

DNR called on to cancel northern deer hunt December 6, 2013 Wisconsin, Channel 3000 
... Three Republican lawmakers are calling on the state Department of Natural Resources to cancel the four-day antlerless deer hunt in northern Wisconsin scheduled to begin Thursday because of a depleted herd...

 “... The high number of predators, combined with the early onset of icy conditions in northern Wisconsin has almost certainly taken its toll on the deer herd... Deer hunting is an important part of our economy in northern Wisconsin, but continuing to drive herd numbers lower will result in fewer tourism dollars for future seasons...  "

Monroe County's deer harvest outpaces state's December 4, 2013 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune
... Farm areas didn’t experience the same sharp decline as wooded areas up north... “Probably the biggest factor was the weather. We had brutal cold this year with high winds (on opening weekend). We do a hunter survey, and hunters ranked it as the worst opener since we started doing the survey five years ago.” ...

Deer kill numbers down in region, state December 4, 2013 Wisconsin, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram 
... Wisconsin’s gun deer hunters registered 226,582 deer this year, down from 243,739 in 2012... the number of anterless deer killed was nearly the same as last year. The preliminary tally showed hunters killed 97,765 bucks and 128,817 antlerless deer compared with last year’s totals of 114,822 bucks and 128,917 antlerless animals... 

Vos says nine-day deer hunt has $1.3 billion impact December 4, 2013 Wisconsin, PolitiFact
... Vos repeated Walker’s assertion that "The nine-day deer hunt contributes more than $1.3 billion in revenue to the state of Wisconsin." The figure is from the most-recent estimate of deer hunting’s economic impact. Vos misfires a bit because the figure actually applies to all deer hunting, not just the gun season...

... A white deer that has been roaming northern Ozaukee County for several years, awing those lucky enough to see it, was found dead Sunday morning ...      Department of Natural Resources Ozaukee County game warden Tony Young said the large white buck had a severely broken and infected leg and was very thin...

Buck kill off markedly YOY for Pierce, St. Croix counties December 3, 2013 Wisconsin, Hudson Star Observer
... gun-deer hunters overcame the cold weather on the opener and killed nearly as many does as in 2012 but the buck harvest was down 14 percent in St. Croix- and 18 percent in Pierce County... For county by county results statewide, visithttp://dnr.wi.gov/files/pdf/Opening_and_9-Day_Call-In_2013_FIN.pdf

Preliminary deer kill tally down 7% from 2012 December 3, 2013 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Hunters registered 226,582 white-tailed deer during the 2013 Wisconsin gun deer season, according to a preliminary report ... The harvest figure represents a 7% drop from 2012.  The 2013 preliminary tally included 97,765 bucks (15% less than 2012) and 128,817 antlerless deer (even with 2012)... 

CWD detected at Marathon Co. deer farm December 2, 2013 Wisconsin, WAOW
... a five-year-old buck killed Nov. 4, was the first deer to test positive for the disease in Marathon County and the first on a Wisconsin deer farm since October 2008 ... 97 deer on nine different deer farms and hunting preserves in Wisconsin have tested positive for CWD since 2002, including 82 deer on a Portage County farm ...

For first time in 5 years, CWD found in deer on preserve December 2, 2013 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentine
... A white-tailed deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease on a Marathon County shooting preserve ...  The deer was one of about 370 deer housed in the 351-acre enclosed site... The hunting preserve will be allowed to continue to conduct hunts because properly handled dead animals don't pose a disease risk, the agency said...

End of the gun deer season allows tales to come to light November 30, 2013 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... 615,872 deer hunting licenses sold as of opening day, 0.2% more than at the same time in 2012... The opening weekend deer kill of 110,797 was 18% lower than 2012, according to a preliminary harvest report ... State wildlife officials attributed the reduced kill to cold, windy weather that reduced hunter effort statewide as well as lower antlerless deer permit levels in northern management units...

Move to paperless registration of deer leads to concern November 29, 2013 Wisconsin, Leader-Telegram
...  by 2015 all deer registrations are scheduled to be done by phone or computer... saves the DNR time and money... A citizen’s science and action research team ... strongly recommended that the DNR keep the current in-person registration requirement... leaves a paper trail, allowing for a more accurate deer kill count...

Eau Claire County fares better in Wisconsin deer hunt November 27, 2013 Pioneer Press 
... In the 19-county west-central region that encompasses Eau Claire County, preliminary deer kills during this year's opening weekend totaled 44,945, down from last year's 51,924, a drop of 13 percent. Statewide, registrations were down about 18 percent compared with last year...

Sawyer County deer harvest down 25 percent November 26, 2013 Wisconsin, Sawyer County Record
... The deer harvest during the opening weekend of the nine-day gun season in Sawyer County was 1,347 — down 25 percent from last year ...  512 bucks (down 36 percent from the 801 recorded during the 2012 opener) and 500 antlerless deer compared to 546 last year (down 8 percent)...

Deer harvest down 42 percent in Dent County so far November 26, 2013 Wisconsin, The Salem News
...  fewer deer during the November portion of the firearms deer season than last year.
A total of 1,555 deer were checked from Nov. 16-21 ...

Deer registration numbers drop with temperatures November 26, 2013 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune
... opening weekend of Wisconsin’s 162nd annual nine-day gun-deer season ... 17.8 percent fewer deer registered than during the same period the previous year.... The biggest drop came in the number of bucks harvested, a 25 percent dip compared with 2012 ... It was cold...

Gun deer hunt opens with a chill November 26, 2013 Wisconsin, Portage Daily Register 
... Last spring the DNR analyzed 45 samples from deer in Sauk County. Four of them tested positive for CWD ... The Wisconsin Division of Public Health recommends that venison from deer harvested within a CWD zone not be consumed or distributed until it has tested negative for the disease.  The DNR encourages hunters to report deer that appear to be sick...

County deer harvest down 31 percent from year ago November 26, 2013 Wisconsin, Daily Jefferson County Union 
... In Jefferson County, hunters registered a preliminary tally of 768 deer over the first two days, with 330 bucks and 438 antlerless deer or does. The preliminary is a 31-percent decrease ... Dodge County had 1,266 deer (570 bucks, 696 antlerless) for a 14 percent decrease. In the east in Waukesha County, a total of 277 (143 bucks, 134 antlerless) were shot for a 32 percent decrease. To the south in Walworth County, the DNR tallied 179 deer (91 bucks, 88 antlerless) for a 28 percent decrease ...

DNR continues CWD testing in Northwest Wisconsin November 26, 2013 Superior Telegram
... Two years ago, a deer near Shell Lake tested positive for CWD. It was the first case outside of the known CWD zone in southern Wisconsin. Since then more than 1,000 deer from the new area have been tested with no new positives... 

Sawyer County deer harvest down 25 percent November 26, 2013 Wisconsin, Sawyer County Record 
... deer harvest during the opening weekend of the nine-day gun season in Sawyer County was 1,347 ... Biologist Laine Stowell said the Sawyer County total was 512 bucks (down 36 percent from the 801 recorded during the 2012 opener) and 500 antlerless deer compared to 546 last year (down 8 percent)...

Cold, wind affect opening of deer hunt November 26, 2013 Wisconsin, wisfarmer.com
...  Each year 50-60 percent of the total deer harvest is accounted for on opening weekend of the gun deer season.  Officials said there were 615,872 hunting licenses sold up to midnight just before the opening day. Hunters purchased 633,460 licenses for the nine-day deer hunt in 2012...  “Deer hunting has been open in the Upper Peninsula (of Michigan) for a week and they’re telling us their harvest is down.” ...

County deer harvest falls back to earth November 26, 2013 Wisconsin, Chippewa Herald 
... In Chippewa County, the buck harvest for the first two days of the gun-deer season fell 16.4 percent, while the total registrations were off 10.4 percent from 2012... perhaps the biggest reason the deer numbers were off is because they were being paired up against inflated numbers from last year.  The first three days of the 2012 season featured temperatures in the 50s, which contributed to the buck harvest soaring 48 percent ...

... the governor started out before sunrise. Shortly before noon Walker posted a tweet saying, quote, "Wow is it cold out. The deer must think the same thing as I haven't seen a thing." ...

Deer kill down 18% on opening weekend November 25, 2013 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... Hunters registered 110,797 white-tailed deer over the opening weekend of the 2013 Wisconsin gun deer hunting season, an 18% drop from 2012, according to a preliminary harvest report ... 53,865 bucks (down 25%) and 56,932 antlerless deer (down 9%)... 

CWD present, but all but forgotten in Wisconsin November 25, 2013 77Square.com
... While monitoring of the disease continues, attempting to control the geographic spread or reduce the prevalence havve been reduced to a passive approach, which some have dubbed as similar to watching a fire burn... The disease in one region in Wyoming Valley in Iowa County ... is up over 30 percent ... 

Deer Trustee recommendations to Board in January November 25, 2013 Wisconsin, WTAQ
... After much public input and meetings, Wisconsin's DNR Secretary says the Deer Trustee recommendations will go before the Natural Resources Board in January...

Early deer registrations are down in Northwestern Wisconsin November 24, 2013 Wisconsin, Duluth News Tribune 
...  “We don’t know the exact percentage. We’ve only got 26 deer. I’m guessing we’re down 50 percent from last year.” ... the antlerless harvest is likely to be down because the DNR issued fewer permits for antlerless deer. The DNR did that, he said, due to the prolonged and late winter of 2012-13 in hopes that a more limited harvest will offer greater potential for improving the deer population...

According to the DNR, Northern Wisconsin units have none, or limited, antlerless deer permits in an effort to increase the population - November 24, 2013


State in for long, hot burn on CWD November 24, 2013 Wisconsin, Baraboo News Republic
... Chronic Wasting Disease ...  discovered in Wisconsin in 2002, when three deer killed during the 2001 gun deer season tested positive.,,  the overall prevalence of the disease within the CWD-MZ has doubled across all sex and age classes since 2002.  
More than 178,000 deer samples have been tested for CWD prions since 2002 and more than 2,100 have been shown to be positive...

Wisconsin deer hunting opener: windy and cold November 23, 2013 Pioneer Press (blog) 
... Wildlife biologists had expected the heavy snows late last winter and early spring across northern Great Lakes to have an impact on deer mortality and health. ... Total gun deer license sales for 2013 as of Nov. 23 were 615,872 up a little less than 1 percent from 2012...
 
Deer hunt's opening day brings butterflies, even after 50 years November 23, 2013 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... More than 10% of the Wisconsin population will take part... Deer hunting licenses and permits generated $22.7 million in revenue for the DNR in 2010, the most recent year for such data, representing about 75% of all hunting program revenue, said Bill Vander Zouwen, DNR section chief...

... southern two-thirds of the state will be seeing greater than average numbers this year, but that the northwoods still has lower numbers than they'd like. "We had a tough winter last year and we've been trying to grow deer populations up there for the last several years, and in some areas, frankly we're not making a whole lot of progress."...
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Experts Predicting Similar for 2013 WI Deer Season November 21, 2013 Wisconsin, WDIO-TV
... 246,041 deer were harvested in the 2012 nine-day gun deer season... The 2012 harvest included over 112,521 bucks, which was up 12 percent...

Hunters, deer threatened by inaction on CWD November 21, 2013 Wisconsin, Portage Daily Register
... “About the only protection against CWD is to keep deer populations low and under control. If you have high concentrations of deer and CWD gets into that herd, Wisconsin proved things can get scary much faster than people — and wildlife agencies — care to admit.... David Clausen, a veterinarian and former member of Wisconsin’s Natural Resources Board ...

Hunters, you can help track populations by filling out Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey November 20, 2013 WDNR News
...  we are encouraging hunters to help track wildlife populations by recording your observations through the Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey... This is a great opportunity for hunters to inform wildlife biologists what they are seeing, said Brian Dhuey, survey manager for the Department of Natural Resources. “With the help from hunters, we can better track population changes and improve our management decisions, especially for animals that are difficult to monitor such as bobcat.”
    The frequency of deer sighted, or deer per hour, varies widely by region with the high located in the Western Farmland (0.79 deer per hour) and the low in the Northern Forest (0.33 deer per hour). 

Stay tuned to CWD research November 20, 2013 Wisconsin, The Sheboygan Press
... The state Department of Natural Resources adopted a strategy to reduce deer ...Last year, the state hired outside consultant James Kroll, who recommended the new, passive strategy...  Illinois’ aggressive, targeted sharpshooting in CWD areas had succeeded in keeping that state’s CWD infection rate at 1 percent in disease management areas. Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s rate had increased to 5 percent...

Wisconsin's Gun Deer Season, Population Approachs November 20, 2013 Muskego Now (blog)
...  the deer hunt provides a critical means of controlling the deer population.  The DNR estimates the 2013 pre-hunt deer population to be 1.4 million, down from last year’s 1.5 million.  It is estimated 366,000 deer were harvested last year. ..

DNR offers forecast and tips for nine-day deer season November 20, 2013 Wisconsin, WEAU-TV 13 
... Numbers wise, deer are abundant in many areas of the south but reports from the north are pointing to a different story. .... “This isn’t surprising considering the long winter we had that resulted in some direct losses of deer and lower than average fawn recruitment this spring. As a result, the antlerless quotas in the north are the lowest they’ve been since the late 1990s.” ...

Wisconsin deer hunters keeping expectations in check November 20, 2013 Duluth News Tribune 
... “Our game manager has predicted it would be a lower kill due to the severe snows in the spring. And we know predation is up ... People are fast to blame wolve ... but they are starting to realize that we have a large number of bear, which do a lot of predation, and coyotes, not to mention bobcats.” ... Carolyn Swartz of Anglers All in in Ashland ...

Health of the deer herd November 19, 2013 Wisconsin, Fox11 
...  in Door County.  John May says deer starved on his land near Brussels ... “South of Highway 64, deer populations tend to be above goal, and trending up,” said Pritzl. “You get north of Highway 64, it's a different story. Those populations either right at, or even just a little bit below goal.” ...

Wisconsin, USA TODAY
... debate remains about whether the hunting experience for children as young as 10 years old is wholesome or destructive.  Four years ago, state lawmakers lowered Wisconsin's minimum hunting age from 12 to 10 ... 

Town of FDL restricts rifle use during deer hunt November 18, 2013 Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Reporter
... Town Chairman Harold Manske said there are “too many subdivisions” and dense populations to allow use of rifles — weapons with bullets that travel great distances... A new Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources rule allows the use of rifles statewide, but local municipalities have discretion ...

Wisconsin aims to put more female fingers on the triggers November 17, 2013 Wisconsin State Journal
... the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources tries to slow a decade-long decrease in deer hunting ... In 2000, more than 650,000 Wisconsin residents bought licenses to hunt deer with guns here, but over the next 10 years the number fell nearly 12 percent as chronic wasting disease was discovered in the herd, baby boomers aged ...

Deer count good here, sparse up north November 17, 2013 Wisconsin, Leader-Telegram
... The deer population hit a low in 2009, when the gun deer kill dropped 30 percent, ... Last year, bowhunters killed a record number of bucks, evidence of both a growing deer herd and the increasing popularity of bowhunting, ... State biologists have tried to boost the deer population in the north, but this year’s late spring was a setback, they say. Some adult deer starved, but the biggest long-term effect on the herd may be a lack of fawns born to does that were malnourished ...

All deer season proposal meetings draw is apathy November 16, 2013 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... After condensing 62 recommendations from the governor’s $125,000 Deer Trustee Report into three pages of timid rule proposals, the DNR inspired only one in every 1,350 deer hunters (0.075 percent) to attend meetings to discuss the plans.  It’s not as if the DNR wasn’t trying to draw crowds. It scheduled 35 two-hour meetings ...

 History of the deer hunt in Wisconsin November 14, 2013 77Square.com
... 1851 – First closed season for deer ... 1919 – Estimated kill is 25,152... 1924 – Estimated kill is 7000... 1930 – Estimated kill is 23,000 ... 1941 – Deer predators rare, timber wolves nearing extinction; estimated gun kill is 40,403 ...

DNR shares deer season forecast November 12, 2013 Wisconsin, Wausau Daily Herald 
... deer hunters in Wisconsin harvested 368,314 deer in 2012, an increase over each of the previous three seasons... In the eastern half of the northern forested region, hunters shot fewer deer than in the previous year... deer densities are not consistent across the landscape. Local deer populations are influenced by the amount of high quality habitat, the abundance and distribution of predators and the level of human disturbance. These factors can shift from year to year...

New for 2013: Rifles allowed statewide, state parks open to hunting November 12, 2013 Wisconsin, Wausau Daily Herald 
... rifles will be allowed statewide, unless a local municipality has enacted a more restrictive ordinance ... for the first time, most state park properties will be open to gun deer hunting; however, those park properties that were previously open to deer hunting by permit remain open by permit only... “It is each hunter’s responsibility to know what areas within a park are open to hunting and which areas are closed,” said Scott Loomans, DNR wildlife regulations specialist...

Holland bans rifles for deer season; most others won't November 12, 2013 Wisconsin, The Sheboygan Press
...  at least 10 of Sheboygan County’s 15 townships have decided against enacting rifle bans, though leaders in several townships said they remain worried about safety but decided against taking action largely because they’d have no way of enforcing such measures...



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


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Wisconsin Data: 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 have reduced deer populations. 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 billion in economic impact on the state, according the the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and wildlife watchers outnumber the state's 700,000 hunters. History of Deer Hunting in Wisconsin

Other estimates:
Estiimated pre-hunt deer in 2008: 1.52
Estimated pre-hunt deer in 1993: 1.15 million.
About 150 elk in 2012, Approximately 800 wolves in 2013 (809 to 834), down from about 1,000 wolves in  2011.  From 40,000 to 50,000 coyotes, many of which contain wolf DNA

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

Other useful links:
Operation Deer Watch - volunteers collecting data for DNR
Wisconsin Deer Population Goals September, 2012
Whitetails Unlimited, a national non-profit conservation organization ... dedicating our resources to the betterment of the white-tailed deer and its environment.
- Archived Public Chats with DNR related to deer management
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INTERIM REPORT OF FINDINGS BY, WISCONSIN WHITE-TAILED DEER TRUSTEE AND REVIEW COMMITTEE MARCH, 2012 Drs. James C. Kroll (Trustee), David C. Guynn, Jr. and Gary L Alt, Presented to,Wisconsin Department of Administration Madison, Wisconsin

Interim Report Summary



Deer Trustee Calls for Involvement of People

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

End of Earn a Buck



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

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

Wisconsin Deer Park



Ghost Deer