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WI deer hunters asked to report deer, wildlife observations

From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

-- State wildlife officials are asking Wisconsin deer hunters to report what they see or don't see while they pursue deer.

Coinciding with the start of archery deer season, the Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey goes online Sept. 17, opening day. This is the third year the survey asks deer hunters to report field observations of a variety of wildlife species, hunting conditions and hours spent pursuing game.    

Hunters can find survey instructions, record sightings and view survey results online at http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/harvest/survey.htm.

"Deer hunters' efforts have produced valuable information for estimating abundance and distribution of many of Wisconsin's wildlife species" said Jes Rees, wildlife survey technician.

Results of previous years are available at http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/harvest/harvest.htm

"We ask deer hunters to consider participating in the survey. All they need to do is record the date, number of hours, county, deer management unit, weather conditions and the type and number of animals observed during each day of deer hunting," Rees said.  Hunters who include their email address will be sent a summary of their hunting activity at the end of the survey period.

A tally sheet is available for times when hunters do not have access to computer or internet. Hunters should record all of their hunting activity throughout the deer season, even if no wildlife sightings were made. The survey period runs through January 2012.

The Hunter Wildlife Survey overlaps Operation Deer Watch which started Aug. 1 and runs through Sept. 30. That survey seeks to determine trends in deer reproductive success by reporting does and fawns seen together during the late summer and early fall.  Learn more about it online at http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/harvest/summerdeer.htm.

The Wildlife Surveys group is also interested in photographs of rare or endangered species hunters may have captured on their trail cameras. Photos can be emailed to shawn.rossler@wisconsin.gov. The information helps document the existence and location within the state of endangered species. Trail camera photos can be viewed in our online at http://wdnrtrailcameragallery.shutterfly.com/.

Questions about the Wisconsin Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey, accessing the tally sheet, reporting observations or the results of the survey, can be referred to Rees at (608) 221-6360.

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