MADISON — Early in September, County Deer Advisory Councils will provide preliminary recommendations on county deer population objectives for the next three years and potential changes to Deer Management Unit (DMU) boundaries for online public review and comment. The online…
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Ban designed to slow the disease's spread by preventing deer from congregating over feed and bait piles.
Would be scaled back in counties with chronic wasting disease; bill now headed to governor.
Senate already passed bill; would only then need Gov. Scott Walker’s signature to lift CWD protection.
Ban would last three years in counties with CWD if no additional deer test positive and would last two years in neighboring counties; heads to state Assembly.
The 2017 season structure designates Ashland, Iron and Vilas counties and the eastern half of Eau Claire County as buck-only.
John Walker was cited in 2015 for placing corn and pumpkins near his deer stands on his Washburn County property. A circuit judge tossed the citation, finding there wasn't any evidence Walker intended to hunt over the food.
Plan covers action items like surveillance and monitoring, education and outreach, biosecurity and safety, research, and public involvement.
Agency sampled more than 6,000 deer for chronic wasting disease statewide in 2016; positive detections primarily within the endemic area in southern Wisconsin.
What I like most about CDAC is that assessments and recommendations are determined according to each individual county’s specific deer season goals.
Baiting, feeding ban in CWD-affected counties the one remaining tool the DNR has to slow CWD spread.
Five-year study one of the largest in the nation; researchers’ goal is to collar 100 deer per year.
Perhaps a Wisconsin County Deer Advisory Council meeting will provide some clarity into how other states take initiative to include public insight into the policy-making process of any given deer season.
Agency looking to capture 500 deer over five years in two study areas; predators also being collared.
Previous effort failed, but he's bringing proposal back on short public notice.
But there's concern that it could take years to implement the revisions, particularly changes that might require legislative action or regulatory changes.
Study will evaluate factors like predation, habitat conditions, hunter harvest, and CWD to measure impacts on deer survival and deer populations in southern Wisconsin.
Preliminary estimates after the season ended in November put the kill total at 196,785, down from 198,057 in 2015. But updated figures the DNR released recently show hunters took 202,338 deer during the season.
There are dozen if not hundreds of ways to cook prime cuts of venison, but what do you do with the tougher cuts like the neck and shanks besides grinding them for hamburger?
Board also adopts amendment limiting number of stands, blinds left overnight to two per county
Crossbow users notched a 16 percent increase in buck kill from 2015, while gun deer hunters showed an overall 4.5 percent increase
Wisconsin’s CWD expert, Mike Samuel, has suggestions for DNR and Natural Resources Board on white-tailed deer health
Wisconsin’s top CWD researcher retiring at the end of January
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