2016 Operation Deer Watch efforts come to a close

MADISON – Operation Deer Watch, the annual citizen-science survey that tracks the numbers of bucks, does and fawns, ended Friday, Sept. 30.

However, it is not too late to submit summer observations as fall approaches and play an important role in managing Wisconsin’s wildlife.

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While Operation Deer Watch has ended – there is still time to submit summer 2016 observations.
Photo Credit: Linda Arndt

“The summer months are an important time to collect data the department uses to assess deer populations around the state,” said Jes Rees Lohr, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources research scientist. “Each year, outdoor enthusiasts submit hundreds of observations which contribute to monitoring white-tailed deer population trends in Wisconsin – department staff would like to thank Wisconsin’s citizens for their contributions.”

Sightings from Operation Deer Watch supplement the department’s existing summer deer observation database. These surveys provide information on fawn to doe ratios, which is used to create deer population estimates.

To submit observations online, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword “deer watch,” or mail a tally sheet to Wildlife Surveys, Attn: Brian Dhuey, 2801 Progress Road, Madison. Participants can also find more information on the site, including videos and results of previous year’s surveys.