MADISON — County Deer Advisory Councils will prepare their final antlerless quota, permit level and season structure recommendations during the last round of spring meetings from April 18-21.
The online public input period closes on April 17, and the April CDAC meetings will be open to the public for any additional comments as councils finalize their recommendations. A county-by-county meeting schedule is available on the DNR web site, dnr.wi.gov, by searching keyword “CDAC.”
Following the April meetings, final antlerless quota recommendations will be presented to the department before they are sent to the Natural Resources Board for approval in May. Approved recommendations will be implemented for the 2016 deer hunting seasons.
In addition to attending council meetings, the public may submit comments directly to county council members (to find a list of members, click “Find” on the CDAC web page) or send them via email to DNRCDACWebMail@wisconsin.gov by April 17.
Each council will consider online public input and other public comments, along with assessments from Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources biologists, foresters and law enforcement staff as they develop final recommendations.
“We’re very impressed by the work and dedication that the council members have put into shaping the upcoming deer seasons. Knowing how important deer management and hunting is to the people and economy of Wisconsin, they take this responsibility very seriously.” said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist.
CDACs use annual quotas and permit levels to manage deer in order to achieve county-specific 2015-17 population objectives to increase, decrease or maintain the deer herd.
For additional information on CDAC recommendations and membership, search keyword “CDAC,” or contact DNRCDACWebMail@Wisconsin.gov with additional questions.