Are you concerned about the apparent continued spread of CWD in Wisconsin’s deer herd?

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031415_dsore_s1011_pollpicIn the March 8 edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Outdoors Editor Paul Smith wrote:

“Deer hunters using crossbows in Wisconsin last year had a slightly higher success rate and were older than those using vertical bows.
In addition, the use of crossbows contributed to a record buck bow kill in 2014.”

Smith reports that crossbow hunters registered 15,768 bucks, compared with 30,433 bucks taken with vertical bows, and that the total buck harvest was 46,201, which topped the previous high of 45,988, recorded in 2012.

Smith quotes DNR wildlife bureau director Tom Hauge as saying, “When I stand back and look at the overall deer harvest, the 47,000 crossbow hunters didn’t change the overall trajectory of the season.”

In Michigan, where crossbows were legalized for all hunters in 2009, 49% of archery hunters used them. If that trend is matched here in Wisconsin, nearly half of archery hunters may be using crossbows in a few years.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.jsonline.com/sports/outdoors/data-shows-impact-of-crossbows-on-2014-deer-hunt-b99457038z1-295504381.html




DSORe Poll S1003

Do you approve of the final Deer Trustee Report rule package?

090614_dsore_s936_newspick2MADISON – Nine public hearings throughout Wisconsin will provide an additional opportunity for public comment before the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources requests adoption of the Deer Trustee Report permanent rule package in February.

In October of 2011 James C. Kroll, professor emeritus of Forest Wildlife Management, Stephen F. Austin State University and officially known as Wisconsin’s white-tailed deer trustee, entered into a contract with the State of Wisconsin to conduct an independent, objective and scientifically-based review of Wisconsin’s deer management practices. The White-tailed Deer Trustee’s report was released to the public in July, 2012.

Hunters experienced some of the more prominent rules stemming from the report in 2014, including County Deer Advisory Councils, the Deer Management Assistance Program, and new seasons and management units in 2014. However, these regulations and programs were set up under an emergency rule, and now a follow-up permanent rule package is necessary for the 2015 hunting seasons and beyond.

Public hearing dates and locations are as follows – each will run from 6-8 p.m.:

Tuesday, Jan. 20

•    La Crosse – DNR Service Center, Room B19, 3550 Mormon Coulee Road; and

•    Fitchburg – DNR Service Center, Gathering Waters Conference Room, 3911 Fish Hatchery Road.

Wednesday, Jan. 21

•    Dodgeville – DNR Service Center, Conference Room, 1500 N. Johns St.

Thursday, Jan. 22

•    Chippewa Falls – Chippewa Valley Technical College Business Education Center, Room 103A, 620 West Clairemont Ave.;

•    Green Bay – Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Lecture Hall Room SC132, 2740 W. Mason St.; and

•    Schofield – DC Everest Middle School, Auditorium, 9302 Schofield Ave.

Monday, Jan. 26

•    Waukesha – DNR Service Center, Room 151 (West entrance), 141 NW Barstow St.; and

•    Spooner – Spooner DNR Service Center, Community Room, 810 West Maple St.

Tuesday, Jan. 27

•    Rhinelander – James Williams Middle School auditorium, 915 Acacia Lane.

Following public hearings, the Natural Resources Board may adopt the permanent rule package. If approved, it will advance to the state legislature for final review.

Those unable to attend a public hearing are encouraged to provide feedback regarding the proposed rule package through an input form available on the department website beginning Jan. 20.

For more information regarding hearing locations and the Deer Trustee Report, visit WDNR search keywords “hearings” and “deer trustee report” respectively.



  • Scott Loomans, DNR regulations specialist – (608) 267-2452