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More Input Sought For County Deer Numbers; Hearings Tonight

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Another comment period has opened for those interested in the size of Wisconsin's deer herd.

County Deer Advisory Councils met in each county last month, and preliminary antlerless deer quotas, harvest authorization levels, and season structure recommendations for the next deer hunting season are now available for review and comment.

Jeff Pritzl, acting DNR deer program specialist, says you can go online to view results and leave comments...

"..At this time folks can go on the DNR website, type in CDAC, it will take you to multiple pages, one of which is an input form where you can provide your reaction to what the council is recommending this fall in terms of antlerless permit availability and also some season frameworks..."

CDACs consider a variety of factors, like harvest data, population trends and winter severity to form harvest objective and harvest authorization level recommendations. Pritzl says after the comment period ends, another local meeting will be held...

"...they gather in the middle of April one evening, it may be different in each county, those meeting times and locations are available on our website as well. The public can attend that meeting to provide additional feedback and that's where they be taking into consideration all the additional feedback through our website...."

To view each county's recommendations and provide feedback, visit the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, and search keyword "CDAC."

In addition, tonight there will be 72 public hearings, one in each county starting at 7:00 p.m. where individuals interested in natural resources management have an opportunity to provide their input and testimony to the DNR and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) on proposed rule changes and advisory questions relating to fish and wildlife management in Wisconsin. The locations of the spring hearings are also available at the DNR website.

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