Friday, August 9, 2013

Wisconsin DNR: Operation Deer Watch kicks off August 1

Reporting deer observations helps biologists assess annual deer herd production

MADISON -- In an ongoing effort to include public input in deer management, and to effectively monitor and evaluate Wisconsin’s deer herd, the Department of Natural Resources is continuing its annual citizen-science survey, Operation Deer Watch.
This unique collaboration of data from the public, along with deer observations collected by DNR staff, provides insight on the reproductive status of Wisconsin’s deer herd in 2013. The number of does, bucks, and fawns seen are indicators of annual deer herd production.

“This is a fun and useful opportunity for the public to be the daily eyes and ears for the deer herd in their area.” said Brian Dhuey, DNR surveys coordinator. “Citizens annually provide thousands of observations that the department utilizes in monitoring the herd.”
To get involved, begin recording all bucks, does, and fawns seen between dawn and dusk during the period of Aug. 1 to Sept. 30. Daily observations can be tracked using a tally sheet that is available at, search keywords “deer watch.” Observations can be submitted at the same web site.
“This year, 14,000 deer hunters were selected at random and sent a letter inviting them to participate in Operation Deer Watch,” said Dhuey. “However, if you were not one of the hunters selected to participate we still encourage your participation to help provide insight into Wisconsin’s deer herd.”
For more information, videos, and results of previous years, search the DNR website for keywords “deer watch.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Dhuey, DNR surveys coordinator, 608-221-6342 or Jay Watson, DNR research technician, 608-221-6360.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

New 2013 Hunting Equipment Proves Evolution

As I progress through the review of the hunting equipment shows that I attended, I noticed that the theme for this year is more of an evolution of product vs an growing innovation of new products.

Hunting clothing is getting better with even more durable material, elastic material for greater fit and better moister wicking material for comfort.

Arrowrests have evolved from the full arrow capture and drop down to a full arrow capture, drop down and now adds color options, silencing enhancements and multi bow adjustability.

I look forward to bringing you the 2013 line up of hunting equipment goodies. Let me know if you want me to review a specific product this summer. 

Continue having a great summer!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Who Killed Wisconsin Deer Hunting

2013 Wisconsin Deer Hunting
In our recent Wisconsin deer hunting seasons, we have witnessed the ups and downs of harvest numbers, DNR thrashing and  a Kroll report.

The debate that seems to follow is, are we hunting to preserve a tradition, or have we gone to far to preserve a large inflow of income to a sport that requires large racks, lots of points and spreads that make hunting magazine readers go absolutely crazy?

We have yet to determine what is the best way to manage our whitetail herd and yes, we have made strides to fighting back against the "numbers" game where more tags sold means more money.

More money did more than just devastate a herd, it killed the sport from those who use it as a management game. Land owners that had over 100 acres once worked their land to manage and cultivate large whitetail bucks for the sport along with increasing the joy of the hunt.  Now, with the so called slimming herd, land owners all the way down to those who manage 5 acres are taking care of their "precious." 

So what do we have now?  We have deer no longer moving because they are being fed, baited and controlled by land owners vs nature controlling the herd along with a government backed entity to ensure the game does not get overran.

I open this for this comments, but my question remains: Is the DNR responsible for the deer herd decline or are we the hunters at fault for the smaller deer herd because we just created a micro managed deer herd?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Looking for the Wisconsin Deer Hunting Kroll Report

We've heard numerous news reports, chats online and friendly banter between colleagues on this whole Kroll report on our deer hunting herd. 

If you looking for the information from that report. Follow the links below:

Kroll Report - Executive Summary
Kroll Report - Final Report