Deer Advisory Councils have been meeting across Wisconsin as part of a reform effort within the DNR to manage the state's deer herd. The councils will release preliminary recommendations beginning next Monday.
DNR big game ecologist Kevin Wallenfang says each county councils will make recommendations on local deer populations. Wallenfang says beginning Monday, more input on the recommendations will be sought....
Deer enthusiasts may want to attend the DNR’s spring hearings on fish and game. For the first time, the hearings will also include updates on deer herd status after a grueling winter, as well as hunting regulations.
DNR District Wildlife Supervisor Mike Zeckmeister says it’s a good chance to check in with the public.
“It should be a great opportunity to give a quick update on what the deer herd is looking like in their particular county, and also to be able to give a really good briefing on changes to the deer season as a result of the deer trustee report.”
After much public input and meetings, Wisconsin's DNR Secretary says the Deer Trustee recommendations will go before the Natural Resources Board in January.
Governor Walker hired a Texas-based whitetail deer researcher, Dr. James Kroll, who made a number of recommendations concerning Wisconsin's deer management. The DNR had a series of public sessions and social media input to put together an action plan based on Kroll's findings which will come before the board in January.
Changes are coming to deer management in Wisconsin.
The DNR is holding a series of meetings in the next few weeks to get public input the rules package that sums up those changes. Officials are also taking comments through an online survey that launches today.
The DNR’s Eric Lobner says the rules package comes out of the Deer Trustee Report and public comment taken earlier in the year.