Monday, April 2, 2018

County Deer Advisory Councils to gather feedback on season recommendations

Antlerless quota, permit levels, and season structure; final meetings in April
MADISON -- County Deer Advisory Councils will release their preliminary antlerless deer quota, permit level, and season structure recommendations for the 2018 deer hunting season next week. An online public comment period will begin April 2 and run through April 12 to collect feedback on these preliminary recommendations.

To view your county's recommendations and provide feedback, visit and search keyword "CDAC."

Antlerless quota recommendations and hunter success rates from previous hunts help determine the number of antlerless tags available for the 2018 deer hunting season, and help the Department of Natural Resources and councils work to reach deer population objectives within their county.
"The impact that CDACs are having on deer hunting in Wisconsin is impressive and growing," said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist. "The public has a real voice in local deer management, and the council members weigh their decisions heavily on public feedback. So, if you have an interest in helping to shape the deer season in your county, this is an important opportunity."

Wallenfang says that CDACs are considering a variety of factors like harvest data, population trends, and winter severity when they discuss harvest objectives and tag levels for 2018.

After the public comment period has ended, each council will reconvene during the week of April 16-19 to evaluate public feedback and determine final recommendations for the 2018 deer seasons which will be adopted by the Natural Resources Board in May. All meetings are open to the public and provide the opportunity for attendees to address the council. Meeting details for each county can be found at and search keyword "CDAC."

Contact(s): Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist, 608-261-7589

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Let the Baiting Begin: Wisconsin Whitetail Baiting Bans Lifted for 15 Counties

Feeding and baiting whitetails have been a hot button discussion item for the past 10 years. With CWD being the focal point, baiting was pinpointed as a primary source of spreading the deadly disease.  What are your thoughts on baiting whitetail deer?

Roe Deer, Hirsch, Wild, Animal, Nature

Release from Wisconsin DNR: "Deer baiting and feeding bans have been lifted for Barron, Burnett, Calumet, Clark, Dodge, Jackson, Kenosha, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Polk, Racine, Sheboygan, Washburn, Washington and Waushara counties, while bans remain in place within 28 counties. Know the rules where you hunt - visit and search keywords “baiting and feeding” to learn more."

Source: Wisconsin DNR 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Looking for a place to hunt in Wisconsin?

Visit the Interactive map found on the Wisconsin DNR website to find place for you to deer hunt in the upcoming season. 

Check out the Interactive hunting season DMU map

Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan recommendations open for public comment starting Tuesday, Dec. 20

MADISON - Wisconsin's citizens have continued to embrace a larger role in deer management, and Tuesday, Dec. 20 marks the beginning of an opportunity to provide input regarding Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan recommendations.

Over the past several months, the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, and Wisconsin Conservation Congress have sponsored a stakeholder-based CWD Response Plan review committee to discuss and review the DNR's 15-year Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan. The plan covers action items like CWD surveillance and monitoring, hunting season tools, captive deer regulations, biosecurity and safety, research, and public involvement.
Review committee recommendations will be released for online public comment from Dec. 20, 2016 to Jan. 3, 2017. To view the recommendations and provide feedback online, visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' website at and search keyword "CWD response plan."
Following the close of the public comment period, public feedback will be shared with each County Deer Advisory Council for review and discussion during January CDAC meetings. Citizens can also send public comments directly to council members before January CDAC meetings or present their comments during the public comment section of these meetings.
A list of council members and meeting locations for each county can be found at keyword "CDAC" - click "find" to search for county information.
Council recommendations will be provided to the response plan review committee in late January to help finalize the committee's review of the response plan. The final recommendation package will be sent to the Natural Resources Board for approval in March 2017.
For more information regarding chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin, search keyword "CWD."

Article Date: Central Office December 14, 2016
Article Source: Wisconsin DNR
Contact(s): Kevin Wallenfang, DNR deer and elk ecologist, 608-261-7589; Bob Nack, DNR big game section chief, 608-264-6137