MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has added two new deer field biologists to its ranks. Matt Esser will be stationed in Black River Falls, while Curt Rollman will work out of Rhinelander.
“We are excited to have Curt and Matt on board,” said Bob Nack, DNR big game section chief. “They will work directly with landowners, hunters and the general public that have a keen interest in white-tailed deer management. Their on-the-ground efforts will seek to improve habitat for deer and other wildlife, monitor disease outbreaks and deer mortality events, support deer research efforts, and engage the public in local deer management recommendations.”
Esser graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Science in wildlife and a minor in biology. He was employed as a wildlife technician by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission before moving back to Wisconsin to work as a wildlife biologist and forestry technician in the private sector. Subsequently, Esser founded and operated a wildlife management and forestry consulting company serving 17 counties in west-central Wisconsin. Most recently, he obtained his teaching license and worked as the Agricultural Science Instructor for the school district of Alma Center-Humbird-Merrillan.
Rollman received his undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison in wildlife ecology and his graduate degree from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, completing a thesis on deer browse and snow behavior in a northern hardwoods forest near Crandon. Prior to his graduate work, Rollman worked for seven field seasons with the U. S. Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services as a nuisance bear and beaver specialist in Rhinelander and Ashland. He then started working for the DNR out of Rhinelander, with the last year spent as a working as a wildlife technician and a habitat coordinator for the Wisconsin Young Forest Partnership.
Esser and Rollman are avid deer hunters and experienced habitat managers. They started in their new positions on July 27. Rollman’s area of responsibility will cover northern and eastern Wisconsin and Esser will cover the western and southern part of the state. Contact information for the new deer biologists can be found on the DNR website, keyword: contact.