deer management

Wisconsin DNR

Public land in several Northwoods counties will see a reduction in the number of antlerless deer taken during the fall deer hunts.

The DNR and the County Deer Advisory Councils had recommended allowing only Forest county to have a 'bucks-only' designation. But Natural Resources Board vice-chair Greg Kazmierski proposed in Vilas County a 50 percent reduction along with Florence, Langlade, Oneida and Lincoln counties.

Wisconsin DNR

This week the DNR released the results from the on-line Spring Hearings held annually to get input on questions concerning resource management.

The outdoor enthusiasts strongly rejected calls for a longer gun deer hunting season. Among a long list of advisory questions was extending the gun deer hunt to either 16 or 19 days. Both were rejected by about 3-1 margins.

Other questions included reducing the number of hunting seasons. A proposal to eliminate the December hunt passed.

Wisconsin DNR

There's a temptation to feed deer this time of year as winter drags on. But a DNR wildlife health biologist cautions against it for a variety of reasons.

Tim Marien says you should consider the negative - and sometimes harmful - impacts of feeding wildlife. Marien says except for a few far northern counties, Wisconsin's deer herd appears to be doing well this winter. Relatively mild temperatures and only moderate snow levels have enabled deer to move freely throughout most areas of the state.

Marien says deer know how to survive..

Wisconsin DNR

The DNR is looking to partner with landowners for the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) designed for healthy deer and wildlife habitat.

DMAP is a cooperative effort between the DNR, landowners, and hunters to provide habitat and deer herd management assistance to those interested in managing their property for wildlife.

DNR program manager Bob Nack explains how it works...


A retired UW-Madison professor believes Wisconsin has a crisis in deer management.

During a presentation at the Science in the Northwoods conference this month in Woodruff, Don Waller, the former John Curtis Professor of Botany and Environmental Studies, said the state has about two million deer.

That’s more than any time in about 10,000 years.

It’s an issue because deer eat about seven pounds of plants per day..

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DNR officials are reminding hunters and wildlife observers in Forest, Vilas and Oneida counties that deer baiting and feeding activities continue to be prohibited. A warden says they've been getting complaints.

DNR Conservation Warden David Walz of Woodruff says he understands how area residents may be confused in light of recent rule changes.

  It seems like almost everyone has been complaining about our long, cold winter. A DNR wildlife biologist says this one likely will take a toll on the animals in the wild. Jeremy Holtz says they calculate how hard the combination of snow depth and chill will be on animals like deer and come up with a severity index....  

Seeing the Forest for the Deer

Nov 5, 2013
Ken Thomas

This month, the informal conversation series Science on Tap takes on the controversial subject of deer management.  Don Waller and Tim Van Deelen will talk about deer from the perspective of forest health.  

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke to Don Waller on the phone.  He’s a researcher at the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Department of Botany.

Waller will be joined by wildlife ecologist Tim Van Deelen at Science on Tap…Wednesday night at the Minocqua Brewing Company.