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Wisconsin deer councils to draft recommendations

County meetings will be done virtually starting Monday

MADISON, Wis. — County Deer Advisory Councils in Wisconsin will meet virtually beginning Monday to discuss the upcoming deer seasons.

Every county in Wisconsin has its own CDAC and each spring they meet to develop recommendations for antlerless harvest goals, antlerless tag availability and season options for their county.

The recommendations for the 2021 deer hunting season are provided to the Natural Resources Board along with proposals from the Department of Natural Resources.

Councils will develop their plans using two meetings separated by a public input period to provide transparency and multiple opportunities for public input. After each meeting, the DNR will update the CDAC webpage with meeting summaries and preliminary recommendations.

The councils will meet virtually via Zoom to develop preliminary recommendations on harvest quotas and season structure options. County-specific meeting dates and call-in options are available at https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/CDACFind.aspx.

Marinette County’s meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, while Florence County’s meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Forest County’s meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday.

All council meetings are open to the public. Anyone wishing to provide feedback will be asked to do so using the online public input form available on the DNR website from April 12 to 25.

The agenda for each county’s meeting will include the development of antlerless harvest goals and season framework recommendations for the 2021 deer season to achieve each county’s deer population objective. Options under discussion include the antlerless deer harvest quota and various season framework options, such as offering the holiday hunt or extended archery/crossbow seasons.

A second round of meetings will take place in May, during which council members will review public comments and make final recommendations for the 2021 deer season.

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

The public can submit questions about the process to DNRCDACWebMail@wisconsin.gov. More information is available on the DNR’s County Deer Advisory Councils webpage.

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