Hunters report more than 24,000 hours of wildlife observations February 13, 2013 Wisconsin

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Hunters report more than 24,000 hours of wildlife observations February 13, 2013 Wisconsin
     Preliminary results of the 2012 Wisconsin deer hunter wildlife surveyshow hunters reported spending 24,868 hours in the field observing wildlife and on average saw 0.39 deer per hour statewide...
     In its fourth year, the survey asks Wisconsin deer hunters to report on wildlife they see while they are in the woods. In 2012, a total of 1,136 Wisconsin deer hunters sent in reports on 5,017 hunting trips. In all, reports were received from 71 counties and 124 of Wisconsin’s 139 deer management units. Trail cam photos can also be submitted.
     “In each succeeding year hunters’ reports become more valuable,” said Jessica Rees, who manages the survey for the Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Science Services. “As year after year of data add up we are able to see emerging trends and changes in wildlife populations that help managers better understand what is going on in of Wisconsin’s wildlife populations.”

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