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Wisconsin invites input on deer management

A deer stands in the snow at the top of North Kimberly Avenue near Brown Street in Iron Mountain. The past hunting season was the first with a no-bait rule within the Core Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance Area in the Upper Peninsula, which included the southern half of Dickinson County. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources invites anyone interested in deer management in Wisconsin to provide feedback on preliminary recommendations for the 2020 deer hunting season structure.

Every county in Wisconsin has a County Deer Advisory Council. The councils give the people of Wisconsin significant input into local deer management.

These meetings are important for shaping the 2020 deer hunting seasons and annual antlerless harvest quotas. The CDACs provide the preliminary recommendations.

Each CDAC is made up of representatives from different interest groups that provide recommendations to the DNR on deer management within their county.

Members review county-level population data and deer impacts on forests and agriculture, develop three-year recommendations on county population objectives and create annual antlerless harvest quotas.

Anyone wishing to provide feedback on the preliminary recommendations for their county can provide input through Wednesday online at https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/cdac.html.

To view each county’s recommendations, agendas, and members, visit the DNR’s County Deer Advisory Council webpage.

After the public comment period closes, CDACs will convene between May 4-7 to consider public feedback and determine their final recommendations for the 2020 deer hunting season.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Final CDAC meetings, occurring May 4-7, will take place via conference call. The most current information on meeting structure, dates and times is provided on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website at https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/documents/cdac/2020FinalCDACMeetings.pdf.

The DNR will review the final the CDAC recommendations following the May meetings and provide proposals to the Natural Resources Board for approval in June.

Additional questions can be sent via email to: DNRCDACWebMail@wisconsin.gov.

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