Wisconsin Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey Begins Sept. 17

Wisconsin’s Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey will go live online
beginning September 17, the opening day of the 2011 deer season.
This will be the third year of the survey which asks deer hunters
to report their field observations of a variety of wildlife
species, hunting conditions and hours spent pursuing game. Deer
hunters’ efforts have produced valuable information for estimating
abundance and distribution of many of Wisconsin’s wildlife species.
Results of previous years are available online.

The past two years, Wisconsin deer hunters have reported a total of
30,000 hunting trips encompassing 176,000 hunting hours. Trips have
been reported from all 72 counties in both years. Statewide, deer
hunters averaged seeing 0.28 deer per hunting hour in 2010. Deer
seen per hour varied between regions with the high being the
Western Farmland averaging 0.45 deer per hour and the low being the
Central Forest averaging 0.18 deer per hour. The most frequently
observed species other than deer were turkeys.

Hunters can find survey instructions, record sightings, and view
survey results online at the Wisconsin Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey
webpage. A tally sheet is also available for times when hunters do
not have access to the internet or a computer. Hunters should
record all of their hunting activity throughout the deer season,
even if no wildlife sightings were made. The survey period begins
September 17 and runs through January 2012.

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