From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
-- The next deer hunting seasons might be months away, but the Department of Natural Resources is gearing up with a series of deer hunter forums in March.
Residents interested in the opportunity to discuss local deer management issues, hunting seasons or any other deer topic are encouraged to attend.
Wisconsin has long been known as one of the most publicly-driven deer management programs in the country. In recent years, thousands of volunteers have gotten involved in deer research projects providing data to estimate the size of the herd and sharing personal observations about hunting success, season structure, and the herd itself.
The March deer hunter forums put the public in direct contact with the local biologist responsible for managing the local deer herd, and are intended to both share information about deer management and gather information from hunters about deer where they live, hunt or farm.
The format of meetings will vary, but in many cases the local wildlife biologist will provide a brief presentation followed by a question and answer period. Some meetings may also have an open house format, allowing attendees to stop in anytime during the scheduled time.
Residents are encouraged to attend the meetings that cover deer management in areas where they hunt or live, but are also welcome to attend any of the meetings.
If unable to attend a live forum, for the first time this year the public will be able to get unit-specific information and contribute feedback through the DNR website. Check online for meeting locations and updates at http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/ce/news/hearmeet.html#meetings.
These meetings should not to be confused with those offered by James Kroll, known as Dr. Deer, as part of the Deer Trustee’s Deer Management Review currently underway. Those meetings will take place in April at six locations to be announced.