Wisconsin’s residents can help with deer herd management by participating in this year’s Operation Deer Watch, an annual citizen-science survey that collects information on deer. Data from this survey provides insight to the reproductive status of Wisconsin’s deer herd for 2016 and helps shape deer management for the state.
“This is a fun and useful opportunity for all individuals and families to enjoy Wisconsin’s plentiful wildlife,” says Brian Dhuey, DNR surveys coordinator. “The Department of Natural Resources encourages anyone interested in deer, from hunters and trappers, to outdoor enthusiasts to take part.”
To get involved, record all bucks, does and fawns seen during the day from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30. Daily observations can be tracked using an online tally sheet available at dnr.wi.gov, keyword “deer watch.”
Data from the survey is additionally used by County Deer Advisory Councils (CDAC) when developing deer season framework, harvest quotas and permit level recommendations.