Wisconsin Deer:  An estimated population of 1,343,500 deer in 2016 post-hunt, about the same in 2017.   A tough 2018-18 winter reduced populations in parts of the north.  Estimated at 1,181,400 million deer in 2015 post-hunt, up from 1,094,100 in 2014. After three mild winters, the state increased the antlerless quota for 2017-18. An extremely mild winter in 2015-16 increased the population particularly in the west central agricultural regions. Herd analysis at right. Historical Wisconsin hunting data and news archive.
Wisconsin Deer News

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... The two-year-old doe with CWD was born on a 230-acre farm and died during fawning. The farm has since been quarantined ...

... The National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed Monday that an Iowa County deer farm's whitetail deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease...

Why are deer farms compensated for diseased herds? June 9, 2018 Wisconsin, The Sheboygan Press
... Since deer at captive cervid facilities are considered livestock, they are covered under "Condemnation of Diseased Animals," Chapter 95.31 of Wisconsin statutes... "the department shall pay indemnities on livestock condemned and slaughtered or destroyed."  The statute was enacted in 1977...

DNR Board Approves Deer Harvest Quotas June 7, 2018 Wisconsin Ag Connection
... Iron County is the only deer management unit that will be restricted to buck harvest only in 2018. The antlerless quota for the rest of Wisconsin will be 233,690 antlerless deer. That's compared to 276,515 in 2017 ...

... "This prion protein gene has a few mutations, it doesn't make them completely resistant, but in whitetail deer it reduces susceptibility, so there's a slowed disease progression, if it's a high enough infectiousness they'll still succumb to it, but it seems to be if these mutations are present in populations at a high enough rate, it at least slows the way the disease spreads, kind of contains it to an area," says Brandt...

June is a dangerous month for deer-vehicle crashes June 5, 2018 Wisconsin, Superior Telegram
... "There's an increase in deer activity. The females are searching for places to give birth. The young deer are separating from their mothers ...As a result, they're more present on the roadside,..

Deer farmers say new state regulation will doom their businesses May 29, 2018 Wisconsin, Wisconsin State Farmer
... The new rules would require deer farmers to double fence their farms and ban the movement of farm-raised deer in any county where CWD is found... 

... State agriculture officials depopulated a Mineral Point deer farm last week over chronic wasting disease concerns, the second such action at a Wisconsin captive cervid facility in two months... four deer unaccounted for...

Can you eat deer that have 'chronic wasting disease'? May 24, 2018 Wisconsin, WISN Milwaukee
... While there are currently no known cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in humans, a study conducted at the Alberta Prion Research Institute recently discovered that the disease can be spread to monkeys who've eaten infected deer meat...

Tribes Want Seat At The Table On CWD Management May 21, 2018 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio News
... Representatives of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) say they’ve been pushing for tighter controls for years to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease ...

... The deer were at Windy Ridge Whitetails farm ... Last fall the Bertrams sold 26 deer to a hunting preserve. It was determined that 11 of those deer had tested positive for chronic wasting disease ... We’ve been double fenced for 12 years ...

... The fawn Zimmerman saw was leucistic since it had colored eyes.  A third color classification – piebald – is used to describe deer with patches of brown and white hair...

The end of deer hunting in Wisconsin? May 13, 2018 La Crosse Tribune
... The DNR report concludes the section on Principles of CWD and Disease Management with these words: “There is no evidence that CWD will ‘disappear’ or ‘run its course’ on its own in the absence of management.” ... the strategies in the report are anything but drastic. They consist mainly of continued monitoring and research in the hopes that some solution will come along in the future...

... The Wisconsin winter of 2017-'18 was moderate overall but included "very severe" conditions at a few northern sites ... The tough late winter and early spring conditions this year come on the heels of three successive mild winters..,

...  the deer had brown eyes, meaning it is not albino. While white deer are unusual, they're not as rare as albino deer that typically have pink eyes...

Chronic Wasting Disease, Walker discovers sick deer May 8, 2018 Wisconsin, Isthmus
... of the almost 200,000 deer killed last year, only about 9,900 were tested. In the first season after CWD was discovered, over 40,000 deer were tested... CWD had been confined to a few mountain states before it popped up near a game farm in south central Wisconsin. “I know the deer didn’t walk to Wisconsin,” ..,

Wisconsin deer hunters want carcass tags, in-person registration May 7, 2018 Outdoornews
... One-third of the counties passed some type of resolution on April 9 asking lawmakers to reinstate the mandatory tagging of deer and/or turkey.  Combined, more than a 75 percent approval across the board – 1,325 yes to 430 no – said they would like to see the DNR again require that hunters attach a carcass tag to a deer immediately its harvest...

...  require deer farms and hunting ranches to install "enhanced fencing" in the form of either two 8-foot high wire fences, a secondary electric fence or an impermeable wall. Walker also ordered DATCP to draft a rule banning the movement of live deer from farms in counties that have had positive cases of CWD...

... "Simply, wildlife policies are focused on consumption and control, rather than conservation.” ~ Dr. Paul Paquet ...They emphasize the harm done to the health of ecosystems by overproducing deer and trophy-hunting natural predators...

... Scientists searched for prions at mineral licks -- areas where deer seek out essential nutrients and minerals -- in the CWD endemic area across south-central Wisconsin. Out of 11 sites, nine had detectable levels of the disease-causing misfolded proteins. Prions were found both in soil and in water ...

UW researchers verify chronic wasting disease prions at mineral lick sites May 3, 2018 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Scientists detected the prion that causes chronic wasting disease in soil and water at mineral lick sites in south-central Wisconsin, according to work published Wednesday by University of Wisconsin researchers...

... 600 of 9,882 deer analyzed tested positive for the disease, a prevalence rate of nearly 6.1 percent.  The 2016 prevalence rate was 7.3 percent. The 2015 rate was 9.4 percent ... 

Gov. Walker outlines tougher CWD measures May 2, 2018 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
...  a prohibition on movement of live deer from CWD-affected counties and a requirement for enhanced fencing at all Wisconsin deer farms... hunters and others would be banned from moving deer carcasses from CWD-affected counties...

... Our top priority is the health and safety of the deer and our crew. We’re also out to gather high-quality data. Find out how we handle deer, collar them and take CWD samples. ...

As new CWD cases emerge, endemic apathy remains in Capitol April 27, 2018 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... Of roughly 32,000 whitetails killed in Dane, Iowa, Sauk and Richland counties in 2016, only 7 percent (2,291) got tested for CWD. Meanwhile, hunters from 49 states killed deer in those counties in 2016-17. How many hunters took those untested deer home, ate the venison, and dumped the bones outdoors to shed CWD-causing prions in new areas?...

... While winter 2018 will not go down in history as one of the more severe winters on record, it has stubbornly persisted, reminiscent of 2014 ... Councils take winter data into account, and this has led several to recommend reduced antlerless harvest quotas, compared to original recommendations in March..,

Deer Tests Positive for CWD in Oneida County April 22, 2018 Wisconsin, WSAU
...  a wild deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease in Oneida County, in the Town of Crescent.  As required by law, this finding renews Oneida County's existing baiting and feeding ban for another three years...

Durkin County Deer Advisory Councils don't have tools to control deer herds April 20, 2018 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press-Gazette
...  deer herds have rebounded across much of Wisconsin ... “The antlerless-only option is more toxic than earn-a-buck, so it’s not really an option at all,” said Mike Amman, a county forester who serves on Bayfield County’s CDAC, the only such council in the Northern forest region whose 2018-2020 goal is to reduce deer numbers...

... The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that a wild deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease in western Eau Claire County, near the town of Brunswick... the first confirmed wild deer to test positive for the disease in Eau Claire County..,
Baraboo, Deer get new home at Baraboo zoo April 17, 2018 Wisconsin, WiscNews
... The Baraboo zoo’s deer will move from their current home ... A $40,000 gift from the Sauey Family Foundation is funding new fences and a large elevated deck ...

Attendance jumps at spring hearings April 14, 2018 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... asked if hunters should be barred from transporting harvested deer from CWD-affected counties to unaffected counties. Attendees OK’d the ban 54-46 on a 3,102 to 2,617 vote, but many questioned why privately run deer farms in CWD-affected counties can move live deer to facilities anywhere in the state...

Resolutions target spread of chronic wasting disease April 13, 2018 Wisconsin, Superior Telegram
... depopulation of Copper Hills Hunting Preserve near Oulu has begun. The preserve was placed under quarantine March 7 after a dead buck from a Washington County deer farm operated by the same owners tested positive for chronic wasting disease...

Spring fish and wildlife hearing results available April 11, 2018 Wisconsin, Wisconsin State Journal
... People voting on the department's wildlife management advisory questions supported restricting the transportation of deer harvested in CWD-affected counties ...

CWD Spikes at Wisconsin Deer Farms April 9, 2018 Wisconsin, Deer and Deer Hunting
... There are currently 376 deer farms in Wisconsin and DATCP says that 19 have tested positive for CWD over the past 17 years, resulting in the depopulation of 11 captive herds... Since January, there have been nine confirmed cases of CWD at deer breeding facilities and hunting ranches ..,
'Reigning cats and dogs' April 6, 2018 Wisconsin, Waupaca County News
... Cougars appear to be coming back, and their presence is stirring up opinions about whether they belong in Wisconsin. Like the wolf, the cougar is seen by some as a threat to livestock, deer and people ...

... Crossbows ...The long season did create a dramatic shift of both gun hunters and bowhunters into the crossbow season where their odds of harvesting a buck are approaching approximately 50 percent higher …” ... That question and others will be discussed at this year’s Conservation Congress ...

Transferred Kewaskum deer cause CWD concerns in Bayfield County April 4, 2018 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... The lethal removal plan is due to concerns the fatal deer disease could have been introduced to the northern Wisconsin site from the CWD-positive source herd in Washington County... The source herd was responsible for the first CWD finding in Washington County ...

... Seventy-two County Deer Advisory Councils met last month, and now those groups are looking for input from hunters and non-hunters alike. The public has a chance to weigh in, [through April 12]

Bayfield County Farm-Raised Deer To Be Tested For CWD March 30, 2018 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio News
... A buck at Tamarak Elk and Deer Farm in Kewaskum tested positive for CWD in February ... Now, the deer in the Bayfield County town of Oulu will be euthanized and tested for CWD... "The hunting culture in Bayfield County is one of the major economic drivers," ...

... County Deer Advisory Councils will release their preliminary antlerless deer quota, permit level, and season structure recommendations for the 2018 deer hunting season next week. An online public comment period will begin April 2 and run through April 12 to collect feedback on these preliminary recommendations..,

CWD result quarantines Washington, Bayfield county deer farms March 27, 2018 Michigan, Superior Telegram
 ... The first deer farm in the state to register a CWD positive test was in 2002 in Walworth County. Since then, farm-raised deer in 16 counties have tested positive for CWD... 11 deer farms have been depopulated following a positive test for CWD. Five hunting preserves and two deer farms infected with CWD ... currently in operation..,

Rep. Milroy Wants More Action to Combat CWD in Wisconsin March 26, 2018 Wisconsin Ag Connection
...   Rep. Nick Milroy said he is concerned about the recent increase of captive deer and deer farms that have tested positive for CWD...  "Immediate action must be taken ...

Wisconsin Deer Facilities Locked Down after CWD Discovery March 25, 2018 Wide Open Spaces... The Wisconsin deer facilities are over 300 miles apart from each other, but they’re owned by the same company. The facilities were quarantined after officials discovered a CWD-positive deer...

Wide Open Spaces
... Winona County is home to one of the densest deer populations in Minnesota. It's also home to a captive deer farm that, according to sources, had its entire herd of deer infected with Chronic Wasting Disease... officials found the disease during a mandatory screening ...  in some areas, the fence had sagged to below 5 feet tall...

Taylor County, 600 doe tags eyed for public land; 5000 for private March 22, 2018 Wisconsin, CW Media
... There was debate as to how much deer numbers have increased, but Taylor County’s Deer Advisory Council members agreed the time has arrived to issue antlerless harvest tags on the county’s public lands...

Landmark CWD Deer Study Breaks New Ground in Wisconsin March 22, 2018 Wisconsin, nrahlf.org
... The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), under the direction of Governor Scott Walker, recently launched a five-year study on the effects of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and predators on whitetail deer in the southwestern part of the state...

Delafield establishes management committee to focus on reducing deer population March 20, 2018 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The committee will recommend deer management plans to the council that could include using a combination of bow hunting and state Department of Natural Resources sharpshooters to lower the deer population. It could also recommend contraceptives to maintain the population once it is culled...

... A new survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows that today, only about 5 percent of Americans, 16 years old and older, actually hunt... Money generated from license fees and excise taxes on guns, ammunition and angling equipment provide about 60 percent of the funding for state wildlife agencies ...

Douglas County, Deer panel ups antlerless permits March 20, 2018 Wisconsin, Superior Telegram
... The Council arrived at its proposed permit level by setting the antlerless quota at 1,000 and assuming a 40 percent success ratio... deer numbers have not rebounded in all areas of Douglas County...

Chuck Ager was among the hunters pushing for a more conservative antlerless quota 
Chippewa County deer council asks for resident comments March 19, 2018 Wisconsin, Chippewa Herald
... “We got some places like over in Sand Creek to the northwest corner of county that got quite a few deer and some in the southwest corner, and then we go to the middle part that don’t have as many to square mile for habitat. And then we got some predators out there too...

CWD-positive Kewaskum deer farm linked to Bayfield County concerns March 17, 2018 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Captive deer facilities more than 300 miles apart in Wisconsin were placed under quarantine March 7 after chronic wasting disease was found in a white-tailed buck in the source herd ...

... From 1968 to 2005, the DNR used a complex Winter Severity Index to predict winter deer kill rates. The Winter Severity Index incorporated snow compaction, snow depth and temperatures... research done by Minzey and others at the DNR found temperature wasn't much of a factor in deer winter kill. Snow depth has the largest impact on winter stress to deer...

Elk hunt to be held at Clam Lake this fall March 13, 2018 Wisconsin, Ashland Daily Press
... 2018 will mark Wisconsin's first managed elk hunt in state history... will offer 10 harvest tags ... hunt is within the Clam Lake elk range of Sawyer, Bayfield, Ashland, and Price counties in far north-central Wisconsin. Original restoration efforts occurred within this range with the release of 25 elk from Michigan in 1995..,

2017 Was Near Record Year For CWD From Deer Farming, Hunting Operations March 12, 2018 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio News
... There were 60 deer from hunting ranches across the state that tested positive for CWD last year. The only year with a higher total ... was in 2006 when a total of 61 tested positive... there are 376 deer farms in Wisconsin and 19 of them have tested positive for CWD since 2001..,

Minneapolis Star Tribune
...  tested positive for chronic wasting disease... buck was born on the 15-acre farm in May 2015. It was part of a herd of 58 whitetails ...

... research found a 75% annual mortality rate of CWD-positive deer compared to 25% in those without the disease... CWD-prevalence in bucks in parts of Iowa County is near 50% ... 

Board members want CWD terminology change February 28, 2018 Wisconsin, Wichita Eagle
... Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources board members pressured agency leaders Wednesday to use softer terminology to describe counties affected by chronic wasting disease, saying the current wording paints such a dire picture that deer hunters might go elsewhere...

Test show 6 percent of deer sampled infected with CWD February 28, 2018 Wisconsin, WRAL.com
... 593 of 9,685 deer tested between April 1, 2017 and Feb. 10 tested positive for the disease, a prevalence rate of 6.1 percent. The testing season runs from April 1 through March.  The 2016 prevalence rate was 7.3 percent. The 2015 rate was 9.4 percent ..,

Chronic Wasting Disease,  The slow-burning fuse of the CWD epidemic February 21, 2018 Wisconsin, Chippewa Herald
... CWD has reached epidemic proportions in some Wisconsin counties, where infection rates are nearing fifty percent in certain portions of the deer population. Scientists are predicting a decline in the whitetail population in these areas. Scientists are also stating that CWD is threatening mule deer populations in Wyoming with extinction in roughly 40 years...

2017 Deer Harvest Shows Shifting Trend February 20, 2018 Wisconsin, WBAY
...  Wisconsin hunters harvested 320,039 deer in 2017, a one-percent increase from a year ago... For the first time in 2017, the crossbow deer harvest surpassed the archery harvest, and not everyone is happy about it...

     County Deer Advisory Councils will begin spring meetings in mid-March to start the antlerless harvest quota and permit-setting process for the 2018 deer seasons. Various deer season structure options for each county will also be discussed by councils...

...  there will be some loss of deer regardless of the type of winter. So far in the north the severity index falls in the mild to moderate range... “There has not been much stress on the deer here yet,” ... The massive hard mast crop in 2017 put the deer in most areas in fine shape ...

Stop private deer industry from trucking CWD across state February 16, 2018 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
...Since CWD’s discovery in three wild deer shot during the November 2001 gun season, CWD has been detected on 18 Wisconsin deer farms, of which 11 were “depopulated.” DATCP has identified 242 CWD cases in captive facilities the past 16 years.  The state’s worst site remains the former Buckhorn Flats Game Farm ..,

Food, females and adults bright spots in hunting recruitment efforts February 10, 2018 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Sociologists have predicted the decline in hunting for several decades. Wisconsin is doing better than most states.  From 2011 to 2016, for example, gun deer hunting licenses in Wisconsin fell just 4% ...

... Fellow Mortals provides care for injured and orphaned wildlife ... one of only two rehabilitators licensed to rehabilitate orphaned white-tailed deer fawn from southern Wisconsin...

... shot a black wolf on the opening weekend of gun deer season from a stand near where shell corn was illegally spread on the ground ... Decades of bounty hunting wiped out wolves in Wisconsin by the 1950s. But they have migrated back from Minnesota since they were put on the federal endangered species list in the 1970s and at least 925 live in northern and central Wisconsin, according to the state Department of Natural Resources..,

After long absence, cougars return to Wisconsin January 24, 2018 WBAY
... After disappearing from Wisconsin around 1900, it would be more than a century until confirmation of a cougar in the state, in 2008, near Milton... a growing population in the Dakotas is forcing some cougars, usually males, to wander east..,

Portage, Nuisance deer harvest off to successful start in Portage January 23, 2018 Wisconsin, WiscNews
...The Portage Police Department, in its third year harvesting deer for the city, harvested 23 deer last year and 10 the year prior. The city previously employed sharpshooters for its abatement program before ending that service to save money...

     Department of Natural Resource staff confirmed trail camera photos of a cougar in Fond du Lac County in early January ... 

Another deer tests positive for CWD January 23, 2018 Wisconsin,  WSAU News
... A whitetail deer shot in the wild in northeast Lincoln County has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. It is the first case of CWD in the wild in the county ..,
     Deer baiting banned in Lincoln, Langlade counties after CWD reported January 22, 2018 Wisconsin, Wausau Daily Herald
... a wild deer in Lincoln County tested positive for chronic wasting disease, so they will ban baiting and feeding there and in adjacent Langlade County... The DNR says it also will:  Establish a 10-mile radius disease surveillance area around the positive-test location...
... The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has received confirmation that a wild deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease in northeast Lincoln County, south of Rhinelander...

Chrysler site deer trapped and relocated January 19, 2018 Wisconsin, Kenosha News
... Animal lovers of Kenosha have watched the pair with concern for months after they were spotted in the summer... Darting the deer with tranquilizer was also not a good option because of the open nature of the site ... the DNR decided to put traps on the property... designed to trap deer unharmed ...

... confirmation that a wild deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease in the West Allis metropolitan area of Milwaukee County.  As required by law, this finding will establish a baiting and feeding ban for Milwaukee County effective Feb. 1, 2018...

... the total crossbow kill was 47,086 deer in Wisconsin, while archers (using compound bows, recurves and stick bows) registered 45,034... Crossbow licenses increased from 69,022 in 2016-'17 to 82,660 this year (through Jan. 11), according to DNR records,  And archery licenses declined from 166,161 in 2016-'17 to 152,186 this year...

Early returns from deer predator study January 7, 2018 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... Of 91 fawns captured, ear-tagged and radio-collared, researchers know 24 died and assume eight others may have died, meaning 32, or 35 percent, died from causes including 12 from coyotes, four likely from bobcats, three from starvation, and three from disease or injury. A domestic dog killed one, and haying equipment killed one...

Bow buck kill continues rise December 22, 2017 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... This shift to higher early-season buck kills occurred steadily since compound bows and portable tree stands hit the market in the early 1970s. During the 1960s and first half of the ’70s, archers registered only 2 to 6 percent of the state’s annual buck kill...  it’s accounted for 32 to 34 percent of that total since 2014...

DNR confirms cougar photos from Douglas County December 20, 2017 Wisconsin, DNR
... There is currently no evidence that cougars are breeding in Wisconsin. Biologists believe the cougars known to have entered Wisconsin are male cougars dispersing from a breeding population in the Western United States... 

Chronic wasting disease implications for humans are alarming December 17, 2017 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources gave its usual response when CWD [chronic wasting disease] was found in the state in 2002 — it set in motion a vast killing spree. ... a captive herd of ungulates with CWD had been killed in Colorado. The land had been burned, tilled, poisoned and left fallow for years. When a new herd was put into the enclosure, they contracted CWD from the land...

Summer fawn survival numbers are in December 14, 2017 Wisconsin, DNR News
... Coyotes are the probable cause of death for 12 of the fawns; bobcats likely took four more. Three died of starvation, and three more died of disease or injury. A domestic dog killed one fawn. The final confirmed death was the result of haying equipment...

DNR Board to Review 2017 Deer Hunt December 12, 2017 Wisconsin, U.S. News & World Report
... [Wisconsin nine-day gun deer season]  preliminary data shows:  Hunters killed 195,738 deer, down slightly from 197,262 last year.  The DNR sold 588,807 licenses, including 103,208 sold on the Friday before opening day. That total is down from 2016, when the agency sold 598,807 licenses..,

Fort McCoy, Hundreds find success during 2017 Fort McCoy gun-deer season December 8, 2017 Wisconsin, DVIDS 
... annual hunt ... Fort McCoy averaged about 35 deer per square mile.   “Our goal is to have approximately 20 to 25 deer per square mile ...

New deer registration hurting small businesses November 29, 2017 Wisconsin, WSAW
... the state's policy mandating that hunters register their deer online or over the phone,left Shiocton without a deer hunting boom... Wickesberg says his deer season business has tumbled nearly 50-percent, while Colwitz has experienced a 75-percent hit...

Sauk County deer harvest down 15 percent November 29, 2017 Wisconsin, WiscNews
... 4,073 deer were harvested across the county, compared to last year’s total of 4,823... Hunters killed 195,738 deer across the state. That’s about 1 percent less than the 197,262 killed last year and the 198,049 killed the year before, but about 2 percent more than the 192,111 killed in 2014...

... licenses were sold this month to children under the age of 1 ... One deer was registered to a 4-year-old hunter, and seven deer were registered to 5 year olds ...

Nonresident deer hunters welcomed back with open arms November 25, 2017 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... Wisconsin had roughly 654,000 resident gun-deer hunters in 1999 and about 567,000 in 2016, which is a 13 percent decline... about 36,400 nonresident gun-deer hunters in 1999 and about 33,000 in 2016, a 9 percent decline...

Some hunters still prefer registration stations November 24, 2017 Wisconsin, Portage Daily Register
... Some stations take gland samples, which are later taken to a laboratory and tested for the presence of chronic wasting disease prions. Without required in-person registration, there has been a drop in hunters getting their deer tested...

... a provision in the state budget that transferred the responsibility for picking up killed deer from the Department of Natural Resources to the Department of Transportation...

WBAY
...  the DNR sold 582,281 licenses authorizing hunting with a firearm during the nine-day season ... down slightly from 587,440 sold ,,, in 2016...

  Second albino deer found shot, killed in Wisconsin November 22, 2017 Grand Forks Herald
... It’s illegal to shoot an albino deer in Wisconsin. The animals have been protected in the state since 1940.

The Return of Earn-a-Buck? November 22, 2017 Wisconsin, Door County Pulse
... a lot of hunters don’t care to shoot antlerless deer ...Some are of the opinion there aren’t enough deer or you can increase the deer numbers. Unfortunately, the habitat is such that it can’t support as many deer as we have on an ongoing basis. Now with different agricultural practices, with more fields tilled in the fall so the residue of crops are not available, wooded areas are getting hit harder.” ...

Deer kill down about 12 percent from 2016 November 21, 2017 Wisconsin, Leader-Telegram
...  for the first weekend of the nine-day gun deer hunting season ... most counties in western Wisconsin saw a dip ... the northeast portion of the state had strong numbers reported ...

The DNR says an albino deer was mistakenly shot and killed over the weekend in Pepin County, Wisconsin. November 21, 2017


Go ahead and shoot collared deer November 20, 2017 Wisconsin,
WiscNews
... 138 adult deer and 91 fawns, have been fitted with GPS collars ...  DNR would like the collar returned to save money...

Waupaca County's large deer herd a big draw on opening day November 18, 2017 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... Waupaca County has an estimated population of 59,300 deer, the most in the state... “It’s simply a reflection of the perfect matrix in terms of landscapes and land use between forest and farmlands and open space and woods,” said Jeff Pritzel, a DNR deer policy program manager ...

Plentiful food, habitat means substantial deer population November 16, 2017 Wisconsin, La Crosse Tribune
... current objectives in all WCD [West Central district]  farmland units, except Buffalo, Chippewa and Trempealeau counties, are to stabilize deer populations, but in the Central Farmland units the objective is to increase deer numbers...

he Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is hoping that more information and testing will help them get a handle on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the deer population across the state. - November 13, 2017


... Confirmation of two cases of chronic wasting disease, or CWD in two white-tailed deer shot on a hunting ranch in Waupaca County has led to another farm in Iowa County being quarantined ...

... It’s time Gov. Walker and DNR secretary Dan Meyer concede the obvious: Voluntary CWD testing is crippling the DNR’s ability to monitor the disease ... Research in Missouri suggests the DNR needs 1,245 samples in Waupaca County alone this fall to accurately assess CWD’s presence ...

GOP bill would end wolf management efforts in Wisconsin November 9, 2017 Chicago Tribune
...would end the state's efforts to manage wolves and force police to ignore wolf killings, unless the federal government removes the animals from the endangered species list... They are depredating our deer population ...

... DNR is recruiting volunteers to help setup and monitor cameras in the new elk reintroduction area in the Flambeau River State Forest near Winter...  a camera grid of 100 trail cameras has been designed.  Similar camera grids already exist near Black River Falls and Clam Lake..,

DNR Secretary Voices Support For Double-Fencing Deer Farms October 30, 2017 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio News
... Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Dan Meyer said he would support double-fencing for deer farms to reduce the spread of chronic wasting disease...  a stakeholder committee reviewing the state’s CWD response plan recommended double-fencing farms where deer test positive ...

State agencies must stamp out CWD at deer farms October 25, 2017 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
...  Chronic wasting disease has arrived in Wisconsin's deer factory [see story below] ... Worse yet, the state agency with authority over captive cervid facilities - the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection - isn't doing anything to snuff it out...

Pair of Deer Test Positive for CWD in Waupaca County October 23, 2017 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Ag Connection
... Two male white-tailed deer from a hunting ranch in Waupaca County have tested positive for chronic wasting disease...

Deer Forecast for 2017 - October 20, 2017


Douglas County Deer council recommendations sent to state October 13, 2017 Wisconin, Superior Telegram
...  Douglas County Deer Advisory Council's recommendations for splitting the current county-wide deer management unit (DMU) into three and increasing herd size over the next three years ...

Wisconsin 2016 Deer Population Estimate [PDF] October, 2017 Wisconsin DNR
... The statewide posthunt white-tailed deer population estimate for 2016 was approximately 1,343,500, 14% higher than in 2015. Population estimates, based on sex-age-kill calculations, declined 10% or more between 2015 and 2016 in 7 deer management units, increased 10% or more in 41 units, and remained within a 10% change in the remaining 32 units. Population estimates increased 31% from 2015 to 2016 in the Northern Forest Zone and 12% in the Central Forest Zone. Zonal estimates increased 12% in the Central Farmland and 1% in the Southern
Farmland..,

DNR Proposes Rule Change For Elk Hunts October 9, 2017 Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio News
... The change would allow the state to decide when a hunt could occur regardless of the animal's numbers. The state reintroduced 25 elk near Clam Lake in northern Wisconsin just over two decades ago. The herd’s population has since grown to around 180 ..,

... One of Wisconsin’s oldest and largest sausage makers told its customers in late August that it will no longer process venison into sausage and other snack-meat products because of chronic wasting disease’s worsening spread in the state’s deer herd... Consumer safety is our No. 1 concern ...

 CWD-positive white tailed deer found on hunting ranch October 3, 2017 Wisconsin, Wisconsin State Farmer
... The 3-year-old Shawano County buck was one of about 245 deer reported to be on the 481-acre ranch ... born on a Wilderness Game Farm, Inc. breeding facility in May 2014 ...

Poof! No more carcass tags September 30, 2017 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... When Gov. Scott Walker signed the state budget Sept. 21 — five days after the archery deer season opened — Kleefisch’s provisions became law. The state had already sold and issued several-hundred-thousand deer licenses and tags by then, and so the Department of Natural Resources scrambled to explain the new laws ...

...  does, fawns and bucks are part of the Southwestern Wisconsin Chronic Wasting Disease, Deer and Predatory Study ... All collars have contact phone numbers for the hunters to use...

Why the rush on carcass tag legislation? September 29, 2017 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
... several states, including Michigan, don’t require deer hunters to register their kills. Others not requiring registration are Texas, Kansas, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, South Carolina and Saskatchewan...

Deer Tags No Longer Required September 28, 2017 Wisconsin, WBAY
... Effective immediately, the new state budget removes the requirement that hunters place a carcass tag on the deer they harvest...  some hunters worry about an impact to harvest data, or that violators might go undetected...

... Last year, Wisconsin law enforcement agencies reported 20,413 crashes between deer and motor vehicles. Dane County had the most with 1,006 ...

Coyotes play ecological role in region September 26, 2017 Wisconsin, Portage Daily Register
... Whether coyotes perhaps play a positive role in reducing the number of deer with CWD is one question the study may answer, as well as how much of a negative effect the predators have on deer populations in general ...

Deer, turkey tagging requirements eliminated in state budget bill September 23, 2017 Wisconsin, Stevens Point Journal
...  hunters in Wisconsin are no longer required to place a carcass tag on deer  ... Tom Hauge, who retired in 2016 after 30 years as DNR wildlife director, said the changes would make it more difficult to get accurate deer harvest information and easier for violators to go undetected...

Nashotah Park to host first-ever bow hunt aimed at reducing deer population September 21, 2017 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... DNR biologists recommend a carrying capacity of 14 deer per square mile of habitat in urbanized settings. Nashotah Park covers about 0.7 square miles, which equates to an optimal deer herd of about 11, but the survey noted 26 deer in the park on the day of the count.  [Here is what the Wisconsin DNR says:  The number of deer that a community wants is a community decision. There is no biologically correct number. The biological carrying capacity of many of our urban areas can be over 100 deer per square mile.  Link to this information]

Recommendations on three-year deer population objectives to be finalized at October CDAC meetings September 19, 2017 Wisconsin, DNR News
... A map of preliminary recommendations [PDF] is available at dnr.wi.gov, keyword "CDAC."  All CDAC meetings are open to the public with time allotted for public comments before councils finalize recommendations. Public comments should be specific to population objective and boundary recommendation topics. A meeting schedule is available on the CDAC web page at dnr.wi.gov, search keyword "CDAC." ...

New urgency for hunters to test deer for CWD, lab says September 12, 2017 Wisconsin, Madison.com
... Preliminary results of studies released earlier this year in Canada found for the first time CWD could be transmitted to primates... growing concern about the rapid spread of CWD through Wisconsin’s deer herd, but most hunters don’t take advantage of free state testing of the deer they kill...

... These preliminary recommendations cover county deer population objectives for the next three years and potential changes to Deer Management Unit (DMU) boundaries.  The online public comment period regarding these recommendations will begin after noon today and run through Sept. 22, 2017...

... Early in September, County Deer Advisory Councils will provide preliminary recommendations on county deer population objectives for the next three years and potential changes to Deer Management Unit (DMU) boundaries for online public review and comment.  The online public comment period regarding these recommendations will begin after noon on Sept. 11 and run through Sept. 22, 2017..,

Superior, Deer council seeks input on DMU changes September 5, 2017 Wisconsin, Superior Telegram
... recommended increasing the county's deer population over the next three years, either as a whole or in the separate units. The only exception was a recommendation to maintain the current deer population in the metro subunit that surrounds the city of Superior...

Waupaca, Deer council says reduce herd September 1, 2017 Wisconsin, Waupaca County News
... Council members voted 3-2 to reduce the county’s deer herd, although by how much remains to be seen...  I think what we need to do is get more hunters to harvest more does... There’s still that faction that believes you’re less of a hunter if you shoot a doe...

Taylor County, Deer Advisory Council says to continue increasing deer population in county August 30, 2017 Wisconsin, CW Media
... Taylor County’s Deer Advisory Council recommended Thursday to continue with an increase deer population objective for another three years... subject to a public comment period Sept. 11-22 ...

Hunters and severe winters - not wolves - key to Wisconsin's deer numbers August 23, 2017 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... There are 480,273 deer in the 18-county northern forest management zone, according to the 2017 pre-hunt population estimate from the Department of Natural Resources... a record high of at least 925 wolves, most of which are in northern Wisconsin.  The latest wolf report represents a 6% increase from 2015-'16 and a 24% rise from 2014-'15...

Bald Eagle Attacks a Swimming Deer August 17, 2017 Wisconsin, National Geographic
... Julie Smith was delighted to see a fawn swimming in Lake Noquebay. She got out her phone to record the event when she caught something relatively unexpected on camera instead—a bald eagle swooping down to grab a tasty meal...

Door County Deer Advisory Council Holds First Meeting Aug. 28 August 11, 2017 Wisconsin, Door County Pulse
... Councils will develop recommendations regarding deer population objectives and DMU boundaries that will influence herd management in their county over the next three years...

... These meetings and the resulting recommendations set the stage for the number of antlerless permits and the season structures that are used in each county for the next three year period...

Bill limiting length of feeding ban signed into law August 8, 2017 Wisconsin, Lakeland Times
... In any county where CWD was found, if no positive tests for the disease came back for a period of 36 months, the ban will be lifted... All of the wildlife health experts that looked at the bill said that the two- and three-year period is very insufficient in assuring that there is not additional chronic wasting disease ...

Walker signs bill limiting deer baiting bans August 2, 2017 Wisconsin, Minneapolis Star Tribune
...  the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has indefinitely prohibited baiting and feeding in counties where CWD has been confirmed ... The bill limits the ban in infected counties to 36 months and in neighboring counties to 24 months...

Family rescues drowning fawn from Fox River August 1, 2017 Wisconsin, WAOW
...a struggling baby deer was trapped in the Fox River’s current... brought the frightened deer to the shore... it's best to leave it just be. Because it will find its way back to its mother.” ...

Information to support the County Deer Advisory Councils that were recommended by the Wisconsin Deer Report.   Program web page.  



Wisconsin Deer Analysis:   An estimated population of  1,343,500  deer in 2016 [PDF] post-hunt.  About the same in 2017, up from the estimated 1,181,400, deer in 2015 post-hunt, up 8 percent from the 2014 population of 1,094,100 .  2017 Hunting Forecast.  For 2018, most deer advisory councils are asking for stable to increasing deer populations.  A tough late winter for 2017-18 likely reduced deer populations in parts of the north.  For the 2016 gun season, the deer kill was the lowest in 34 years and license sales the lowest in 40 years. An average of 25 deer per square mile, ranging from 3 to 58 per square mile.  In 2014 an estimated 1,182,000 white-tailed deer.  After three mild winters, the state increased the antlerless quota for 2017-18.  An extremely mild winter in 2015-16 and a mild 2014-15 winter allowed a population increase, particularly in the west central agricultural regions and northwest.  Only 38.2 percent of the 2015 deer hunt were does, a low ratio designed to encourage deer growth.  Herd still recovering in the central forest.  2016 Forecast and 2014 population recommendations.  Pre-hunt deer deer population estimated at about 1.4 million in 2013, about 1.5 million in 2012  Long lasting winters in 2012-13 and 2013-14, the worst since 1960,  reduced populations.  The number of deer killed during the 2016 gun season was the lowest in 34 years, the numbers of licenses sold the lowest in 40 years.
     In 2016 the number of antlerless tags increased by 14%, reflecting some recovery for the herd, but buck-only hunts for 10 northern counties.  For 2015 WDNR eliminated anterless tags in 12 units to increase the population. Although 2014-15 winter was mild, populations have not rebounded. In Sawyer County, 40% percent of deer tracked for a study died.  To help rebuild herds 19 counties, about the northern third of the state,  had no doe hunting in 2014.  The largest "no doe" zone in 20 years.  Fawn mortality was estimated at 43 percent.  Populations in the Central Forest and the Central and Southern Farm areas fared better.  A total 612,377 licenses sold in 2015, up from 608,711 in 2014.  Sales were reduced in 2016. Deer harvest down about 15.5 percent in 2014. The 2013-14 winter was the harshest since 1960.  State population estimates based on Sex-Age-Kill model.  Only about 13 percent of the deer taken in 2015 were on public land.  
    Estimated 1.14 million deer after 2011 hunting season and 1.16 million deer after 2010 hunting season.   Estimated 990,000 deer in January 2010.  Down significantly since 2000 based on legislated deer goals. Deer hunting estimated to have $1.3 billion in economic impact on the state. An estimated 1.6 million deer in 2002.  Hunter success in 2000 was 76 percent, about 37 percent from 1966 to 2009; 40 percent in 2013, 31 percent in 2014.    A timeline history.
     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 early 2018 an estimated 376 deer farms, in early 2017 about 387 deer farms.  In 2015 an estimated 458 deer farms.
     Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was first discovered in 2001 in the Town of Vermont in Dane County -- the first case of CWD found outside of the Colorado/Wyoming border region.  In 2002 the first case in a deer farm was reported in Walworth county.  CWD data, over 4,000 cases reported through 2017.  In 2017, 60 deer from hunting ranches tested positive.  The first case of CWD in wild deer in Lincoln county was reported in January, 2018.  The first case of a wild deer in Eau Claire County in April, 2018.
    History:  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.  A 1929 survey put the deer population at below 30,000. The 1937 season was only three days and the the Conservation Commission was formed, the beginning of a significant whitetail restoration. The Commission closed deer season from 1938-1943,beginning a restocking effort with deer from Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and relocation some deer within the state. 
     By 1962 the deer population was estimated to be more than 400,000. In 1989, the pre-hunt population was about 1.15 million.  About 1.3 million pre-hunt in 1990.  down to 1 million in 1993.  License sales peaked at 699,275 in 1990.  Up to an estimated 1.6 million in 1996.  The nine-day gun season buck kill peaked at 171,891 in 1995.  The population peaked around the year 2000 when gun hunters took 442,581 deer,  more than any other state in a nine-day season, total kill of 528,494. Population and Ecology 1960 to 2003.  Deer Hunting History.  
     Wisconsin's first human inhabitants, more than 12,000 years ago, hunted large game such as mammoths and mastodons and when those died out adapted to a world rich in deer, nuts and berries.
    Moose Recent peak population of about 8,840 animals in 2006, falling to 2,760 in 2013.  A 2015 aerial survey estimate of 3,450.  A 2016 estimate of 4,020.
    Elk  About 180 elk in 2017 and 160 elk in 2014, near Clam Lake in Ashland County. The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point brought in 25 Michigan elk in 1995.  More elk were recently relocated from Kentucky.  The first elk hunt in 2018.  Elk were hunted to extinction in the 1800's. 
   Wolf   After decades of bounty hunting, wolves were gone by the 1950s.  The 2017 population estimated at 925.  The 2016 over winter population estimate at between 866 - 897, up from 746 - 771 in 2015.  The 2014 over winter wolf population estimated at 660 - 689 in 197 packs.  Approximately 800 wolves in 2013 (809 to 834), 600 to 700 in 2014, down from about 1,000 wolves in 2011.    Wisconsin DNR wolf monitoring page.  
    Coyote  From 40,000 to 50,000 coyotes, many of which contain wolf DNA. 
    Bear  About 20,000 bears.
    Bobcats  About 2,500 in the northern zone in 2015.
    Cougar  Disappeared from the state around the year 1900, a sighting in 2008 near Milaton.  No breeding population is thought to exist in the state.  Sightings in 2017 are thought to be from a population dispersing from the western U.S.
 
- 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:
- Deer Metrics   - County Deer Advisory Council Public Input Interactive Map   - Wisconsin Deer Research Projects   - Snapshot WisconsinCitizen-based trail camera monitoring for wildlife populations  Operation Deer Watch - volunteers collecting data for DNR    -- County Deer Advisory Councils     - UWSP White-tailed Deer Information and for Mule Deer    - Archived Public Chats with DNR related to deer management   

"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
Wisconsin Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan
 
Petting Zoos With Deer in Wisconsin Central Wisconsin: Wisconsin Deer Park (wisdeerpark.com) in Wisconsin Dells. 
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)