From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
-- Now that final 2011 deer harvest numbers and statewide deer population estimates are available, the Natural Resources department is asking hunters and others interested to attend a deer forum to provide comments as it develops recommendations for 2012.
Hunters registered a total of 347,711 white-tailed deer in all combined deer hunting seasons in 2011, including 257,511 harvested in all gun seasons, and 90,200 harvested in the archery season.
The recently finalized harvest numbers are being shared with the public at deer hunter forums, which continue through the end of March.
“Last year’s harvest numbers are just one piece of information that hunters provide every fall when they register a deer, and the information is used to help estimate the size of the deer population on a unit by unit basis. This information, along with the input provided by the public all help to shape the season framework proposal and quotas, that we’ll propose to the Natural Resources Board in late April,” said Kevin Wallenfang, big game ecologist.
In addition to department staff being on hand to answer questions and provide information on the deer herd, the focus of these forums is to seek input from hunters and those interested in deer.
"All comments will be taken into consideration when we make decisions about the upcoming season. It is important for deer hunters to understand that population estimates are just one of the factors that go into the annual decision making process for establishing the upcoming season. Another important factor is input from the public,” Wallenfang added.
The harvest totals for 2011 are available on the online at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/harvest/deerharvest.html.
Harvest figures are broken down by buck or antlerless deer in each of 136 deer management units and county by deer season type.
Residents can still participate in a forum online at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/forum.html.