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053015_dsore_s1022_pollpicDNR Board approves 2015 deer harvest quotas

MADISON — The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has approved deer harvest quotas for 2015 designed to manage deer towards population objectives established for each deer management unit.

In 2015, 13 management units will not have an antlerless quota, while the rest of Wisconsin will have a quota of 224,735 antlerless deer. The issuance of bonus deer hunting permits, in addition to free farmland zone tags, will include 18,450 tags valid on public access lands and 125,375 valid on private lands. Antlerless deer harvest quota and deer season framework [PDF].

These recommendations represent the next step in a new era of Wisconsin deer management and mark the first year in which County Deer Advisory Councils played a major role in establishing deer harvest quotas and permit level recommendations. In February, the Natural Resources Board approved each council’s recommendations for three-year deer population objectives.

Deer management units will primarily follow county boundaries, with each larger unit divided into public and private land-types to address differences in deer distribution and help provide for an increase in deer numbers on public hunting lands.

As a reminder, 2015 bonus antlerless tags will go on sale in August.

To receive email updates and other information regarding deer hunting and season structure in Wisconsin, visit http//dnr.wi.gov and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page for subscribe for updates for DNR topics.

Follow the prompts and select “white-tailed deer” within the “hunting” list.

To learn more about CDAC population objective recommendations, agendas and membership, visit  http://dnr.wi.gov and search keyword CDAC, or email with any additional questions. For more information regarding deer hunting in Wisconsin, search keyword deer.

READ MORE HERE: http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3616

Tom Hauge, DNR Wildlife Management Bureau director – (608) 266-2193;
Bob Nack, DNR big game section chief – (608) 264-6137



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Do you support the proposed changes in deer seasons and deer management?

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Proposed Changes to WI Deer Management … support them ???

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What the Deer Trustee Report Means for Hunters

The package of new rules stemming from the Deer Trustee Report that the DNR will present to the Natural Resources Board in December includes the following changes:

  • Eliminate the one-day archery season closure (the day before gun deer season)
  • Reduce the number of Deer Management Units (either 72, based on the number of counties, or 53, arrived at by combining existing DMUs
  • Eliminate December antlerless hunt and add those four days to muzzleloader season
  • Gun license would include one buck tag and one antlerless tag, good for any farmland DMU
  • Extra antlerless tags would cost $12 each regardless of DMU and weapon type
  • Establishment of a Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP)

A complete proposed rules package can be found HERE. (PDF)

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Do you agree with Wisconsin’s 10-year-old minimum for the mentored hunt?
YES 67% | NO 22% | MAYBE 11% | UNDECIDED 0% | OTHER 0%

Governor-elect Scott Walker has proposed to appoint a “deer trustee” to oversee the DNR’s deer-management practices. Do you think this is a good idea?

Deer Trustee…???
BACKGROUND: Walker announced in September that if elected he would appoint a “deer trustee” to oversee the DNR’s management of the state’s white-tailed deer herd. “Like most sportsmen, I’m tired of sitting in a deer stand all day and not seeing any deer,” said Walker. “As governor, I will name a ‘Whitetail Deer Trustee’ to monitor the health and population of the deer herd. That way, we take the politics out of the forest and put the deer back in.” What Walker did not say was that he has hunted deer for only the past two seasons. Read more here:

During the recent gubernatorial campaign, Walker claimed that Gov. Jim Doyle and the DNR have not put hunters first and have mismanaged the deer herd and as a result, “the deer population has dwindled.” PolitiFact Wisconsin rated Walker’s claims as “barely true.” Read more here:


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Should Wisconsin DNR continue the pheasant stocking program?

YES = 89%
NO = 11%
MAYBE = 0%

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Should Wisconsin DNR continue the pheasant stocking program?
Wisconsin raises some 50,000 pheasants annually at the State Game Farm in Poynette and stocks them on public hunting grounds for put-and-take hunting. The program was cut back several years ago, then restored to its current level. Wisconsin hunters killed an estimated 323,000 pheasants last season and 360,000 in 2007, so it is clear that most of the pheasants shot are wild birds, not those raised and released by the DNR. Is it time to use the money now spent on the pheasant-stocking program to create more habitat for wild pheasants?
Improvements to the State Game Farm, including a new hatchery and increasing cooperation with another state agency, are key recommendations coming out of an internal evaluation of the Department of Natural Resources’ pheasant stocking program.

“We want to assure (that) all we do delivers high quality ring-necked pheasants to hunters using the most fiscally responsible means possible,” said Bob Nack, State Game Farm director.

“Constructing a new, fully-equipped hatchery, as recommended in the report, would underscore DNR’s support for continuing production and stocking of pheasants from the State Game Farm in the long term,” he added.

Many hunters rely on pheasants released by DNR on public hunting grounds to pursue their sport. Birds are hatched and reared at the agency’s State Game Farm near Poynette. The facility has been located at Poynette since 1934 and was last upgraded in 1982 with the addition of environmentally controlled breeding and rearing barns.

Pheasant stocking will take place on 71 properties in 28 counties during 2009. Pre-season stocking takes place during the week prior to opening day (Oct. 17 in 2009), with most properties stocked twice per week for the first three weeks of the season and once per week for the next month. In addition, the State Game Farm provides 800 to 1,000 pheasants annually to DNR sponsored Learn to Hunt Pheasant programs.

The program review looked at pheasant production alternatives and the Day-old Chick (DOC) program, evaluated the infrastructure at the State Game Farm along with future goals and strategies, and explored increased cooperation with the state Department of Corrections in raising pheasants.

The current hatchery has been in use since 1934 and the incubators are 1950’s models. Despite the facility’s age, Game Farm staff has done a remarkable job of maintaining aging equipment and producing high quality ring-necked pheasants, noted Mr. Nack.

The State Game Farm also provides day-old chicks to conservation clubs enrolled in the DOC program. Cooperating clubs sign an agreement that states they agree to provide all labor and costs for raising the birds.

Under this agreement, the clubs may either release pheasants on private land open to public pheasant hunting or on approved state-owned lands or release birds on private land closed to public hunting, but they must return a percentage of the pheasants they raised back to DNR.

The DOC program currently involves 34 conservation clubs in 21 counties and the Game Farm normally provides about 35,000 rooster chicks to these clubs.

Both the DNR stocking on public lands and the DOC program “are extremely important to Wisconsin pheasant hunters,” noted the Game Farm director.

Based on the Wisconsin Pheasant Stocking Program Evaluation, DNR’s Wildlife Management Bureau is recommending to:
  1. Continue in-house pheasant production at the State Game Farm.
  2. Prioritize capital development funds to build a new hatchery and equipment storage building at Poynette.
  3. Update the DOC program as requested by cooperating conservation clubs.
  4. Increase cooperation with the state Department of Corrections over the next five years. Currently, DNR has satellite rearing facilities at Correctional Centers at Oregon in Dane County and Oneida in Brown County.
  5. Increase in the managed hunt fees at the Richard Bong State Recreation Area in Kenosha County.
The evaluation of Wisconsin’s pheasant stocking program was conducted by Bob Nack, State Game Farm director, Poynette; Scott Hull, DNR upland gamebird specialist, Madison; and Marty Johnson, DNR wildlife biologist, Sturtevant; in cooperation with DNR’s Pheasant Committee; Don Bates, CWD operations supervisor (and former Game Farm manager), Dodgeville; and DNR South Central Region wildlife supervisor Eric Lobner, Fitchburg.

The state legislature in 2006 directed 60 percent of the revenue generated from pheasant stamp sales to the propagation and stocking of pheasants on state-owned lands. That same year, the cost of a pheasant stamp increased from $7.25 to $10.00 and in 2007 a stamp was required for all pheasant hunting statewide. Pheasant stamp fund revenue dedicated to pheasant propagation was about $400,000 in 2008 and will likely increase in the future.
CONTACT: For more information, contact the Game Farm office at 608-635-8120.