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  1. Deer out early in the morning enjoying the bright sun. Submitted by Roger Small

    DNR Deer Management Assistance Program off to a solid start

    Wisconsin's new Deer Management Assistance Program has completed its first enrollment period.

    • Jun. 25, 2014
  2. File/Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Communities not ready to act on urban deer herd

    Deer will remain safe at least for the time being in three area communities where officials have been considering whether remedial population control efforts are needed.

    • Jun. 23, 2014
  3. No deer recovers once infected by CWD. This 31/2-year-old buck from Sauk County was dispatched by Wisconsin DNR staff after it was seen struggling in September 2012. Wisconsin DNR

    Patrick Durkin column: Doing nothing about CWD means nothing

    For 12 years we've watched and listened as a group of deer hunting faith-healers in southwestern Wisconsin criticized and blocked scientific efforts to manage chronic wasting disease.

    • May 30, 2014
  4. Deer linger near a back yard Saturday April 28, 2012, at the end of South Eighth Street. Sheboygan Press Media file photo

    Specialist thins deer herd on Sheboygan's north side

    Sheboygan police say an animal control specialist has now shot and killed 20 deer on the city's north side in an effort to thin the deer herd there.

    • May 16, 2014
  5.  Photo by Mike Richard

    Gary Engberg examines Wisconsin's white and albino deer

    I happen to live close to a 'pocket' in Sauk County in which white or albino deer have lived and thrived for decades. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has had regulations making it illegal to hunt these animals since 1940. The only exception was the CWD or chronic wasting disease zones where, starting in 2008, shooting of these animals was allowed. But, this has been changed for the 2014 season. All white and albino deer are protected this year, including those in the CWD zones.

    • May 6, 2014
  6. DNR: Deer Management Assistance Program enrollment begins April 29

    Enrollment for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Deer Management Assistance Program will begin April 29, 2014. DMAP provides habitat and herd management assistance to landowners interested in managing their property for deer and other wildlife.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  7. DNR gauging winter's effects on deer herd

    In order to gather more information regarding the status of deer throughout the state, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is conducting health assessments on car-killed deer and evaluating this winter's effects on Wisconsin's deer herd.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  8. Outdoor enthusiasts say Wisconsin should ban deer baiting and feeding in the days leading up to the November gun season. Robert Scheer,The Indianapolis Star

    Outdoor lovers vote to ban baiting, feeding

    Outdoor enthusiasts say Wisconsin should ban deer baiting and feeding in the days leading up to the November gun season.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  9. Learn To Hunt wild turkey programs are underway in Door and Kewaunee counties, and this weekend is also the annual Wisconsin youth turkey hunt for those ages 10 to 15 with permits. The first of six periods in the regular spring season begins Wednesday. Chloe Volkman and Bennett Reese participated in a LTH sponsored by the DNR and the Door County Fish, Farm & Game Club. Special to the Advocate

    Kevin Naze column: Deer forum on the agenda at Sturgeon Bay High School

    Monday night's annual DNR spring fish and game hearings and county Conservation Congress meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Sturgeon Bay High School Commons.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  10. DNR: Deer herd status on agenda at spring hearings in southeastern Wisconsin

    State wildlife biologists invite anyone interested in the status of their local deer herd to attend the annual spring fish and game hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, in their county.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  11. Brown County park directors plot strategy for dealing with growing deer population

    Parks directors from three area communities plan to meet with an expert from the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary Wednesday to get advice on how to handle growing deer populations.

    • Mar. 19, 2014
  12. A helicopter flies low over a wooded area near Southbridge Road on De Pere's southwest side during an aerial survey conducted in February to assess the deer population in the city. File/Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Deer concerns have De Pere revisiting hunting limits

    Bob Janssen and his family hunted for years on his 120-acre family farm in the town of Rockland.

    • Mar. 14, 2014
  13. Column: DNR official to discuss deer season changes in Eau Claire

    Joe Knight of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram previews DNR widlife manager Scott Reopke's presentation on changes to Wisconsin's deer season at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Wisconsin Sport Show in Eau Claire.

    • Mar. 11, 2014
  14. Wisconsin's 'deer trustee' report made a number of recommendations that could prove problematic for deer herd management. Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Kubisiak: Wisconsin Deer trustee recommendations are moving us in the wrong direction (column)

    I retired from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in 1996 after a 34-year career working in wildlife management and research.

    • Mar. 7, 2014
  15. Once CWD infects deer, they have about 18 months to live. They'll look healthy until the final two months of life, at which point they lose weight, stagger and incessantly drool. Patrick Durkin/For

    Pat Durkin column: Put CWD ugliness to use

    What would deer hunters do if roaming dog packs were killing 25 percent of the deer herd, including 35 percent of its adult bucks, each year in the area they hunt?

    • Mar. 7, 2014
  16. During 2013, CWD's infection rates increased in the state's core disease areas and spread farther. Patrick Durkin/For

    Pat Durkin column: CWD-positive cases continue to escalate

    Despite testing a record-low number of deer for chronic wasting disease in 2013, the Department of Natural Resources has verified a record-350 CWD-positive cases during the annual collection period that ends March 31.

    • Feb. 28, 2014
  17. Nearly one in four adult male deer positive for CWD in test area

    Through 12 years of ongoing surveillance efforts, Department of Natural Resources officials are able to maintain a current picture of trends and prevalence of chronic wasting disease within the area previously known as the CWD management zone in southern Wisconsin.

    • Feb. 25, 2014
  18. New federal guidelines on chronic wasting disease could increase CWD's spread in Wisconsin and the rest of the country. Patrick Durkin/For

    Pat Durkin column: New chronic wasting disease rules enhance risks

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's new CWD certification program for captive elk and deer herds could hasten the disease's spread, whether the animals are privately owned 'livestock' inside fences or publicly owned resources living in the wild.

    • Feb. 21, 2014
  19. Several deer spotted in one region of De Pere

    Marty Kosobucki had a bird's-eye view of greater De Pere.

    • Feb. 18, 2014
  20. Governor signs off on deer hunt changes

    Gov. Scott Walker has approved a sweeping set of changes to Wisconsin deer hunting that include doing away with in-person registration.

    • Feb. 10, 2014
  21. DNR to conduct wasting disease air surveys

    State wildlife officials are planning to launch an aerial search for chronic wasting disease in northwestern Wisconsin.

    • Feb. 7, 2014
  22. DNR: Feeding deer banned in Shawano and Waupaca counties

    The baiting and feeding of white-tailed deer is now banned in Waupaca and Shawano counties, the state Department of Natural Resources reports.

    • Feb. 6, 2014
  23.  AP Photo

    Harsh winter could take toll on state's deer herd

    State wildlife officials are keeping a close eye on how the harsh winter is affecting the state's deer herd and are asking the public to report any observations of deer deaths.

    • Jan. 31, 2014
  24. DNR: Officials monitoring winter's impact on deer herd

    With deep snows and cold temperatures persisting since November, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wildlife officials are paying close attention to winter's impacts on the state's deer herd. They are also asking the public to report any observations of winter deer mortalities.

    • Jan. 29, 2014
  25. Kevin Naze column: Big changes coming to deer management

    It's been just over two years since the Department of Administration, under Gov. Scott Walker's directive, hired Texas high-fence deer businessman James Kroll as Wisconsin's deer trustee.

    • Jan. 16, 2014
  26. Kevin Naze column: Five-day thaw just what wildlife needs

    A five-day thaw starting Friday is just what the doctor ordered for wildlife blitzed by six weeks of snow and cold.

    • Jan. 9, 2014
  27. DNR launches aerial deer survey

    Wisconsin wildlife officials say people may spot low-flying helicopters or fixed-wing planes buzzing around southern Wisconsin over the next few months.

    • Jan. 1, 2014
  28. Wisconsin Democrats say DNR must do more to stop CWD

    Democrats on the state Assembly's natural resources committee demanded Wednesday that state wildlife officials step up the fight against chronic wasting disease, tearing the scab off a bitter decade-old debate over how best to handle the fatal brain ailment.

    • Dec. 19, 2013
  29. DNR says it can't cancel northern deer hunt

    A Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources official says it's too late to cancel a four-day antlerless deer hunt in northern Wisconsin as three Republican lawmakers are requesting.

    • Dec. 7, 2013
  30. DNR called on to cancel northern deer hunt

    Three Republican lawmakers are calling on the state Department of Natural Resources to cancel the four-day antlerless deer hunt in northern Wisconsin scheduled to begin Thursday because of a depleted herd.

    • Dec. 6, 2013
  31. The state continues to investigate how a Marathon County hunting farm's whitetail buck (not pictured) contracted the deadly chronic wasting disease. Getty Images/iStockphoto

    State IDs game farm with diseased buck

    An owner of the Marathon County hunting preserve where a white-tailed deer was confirmed this week to have had chronic wasting disease said he has no idea how the animal became infected.

    • Dec. 3, 2013
  32. A 5-year-old buck from a Marathon County hunting preserve (not the animal pictured here) has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to the state. Gannett Wisconsin Media file photo

    Updated: Deer from Marathon County reserve tests positive for CWD

    A white-tailed deer killed on a Marathon County hunting preserve has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the first new case in five years from a Wisconsin game farm, the state veterinarian reported today.

    • Dec. 2, 2013
  33. DNR: New CWD mapping application available

    An updated interactive chronic wasting disease mapping application is available on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website. This application allows a user to look at numbers of deer tested statewide for CWD and those that tested positive.

    • Nov. 26, 2013
  34. The DNR's new deer season proposals drew little interest or opposition from hunters. One proposal is to allow hunters to register deer online or by telephone starting in 2015 as the DNR ends the state's tradition of mandatory in-person registration. Patrick Durkin/For

    Patrick Durkin column: All deer season proposal meetings draw is apathy

    If the purpose of Wisconsin's great deer-season makeover the past 18 months was to abolish controversy and put the state's approximately 660,000 deer hunters to sleep, the Department of Natural Resources gets an 'A.'

    • Nov. 16, 2013
  35. DNR: Public hearings on proposed Deer Trustee Report begin Tuesday

    The public is being reminded they will have an opportunity to learn more about and comment on rules the Department of Natural Resources is proposing to implement recommendations in the Deer Trustee Report at public hearings that will be held at 35 locations statewide from Oct. 22 to Oct. 31.

    • Oct. 16, 2013
  36. Live chat: Discuss the Deer Trustee Report with experts

    In advance of public hearings later this month on proposed rules for implementation of the Deer Trustee Report recommendations, the DNR will answer questions and collect feedback in a live chat to be held today at noon.

    • Oct. 11, 2013
  37. Research shows that corn and other plants can pull CWD-causing prions from the ground, store them in stems and leaves, and possibly transfer them to anything that eats them. Patrick Durkin/For

    Patrick Durkin column: CWD grows uglier with plant research

    If chronic wasting disease hasn't concerned you the past 11 years because you're a vegan, vegetarian or someone who avoids venison, recent research suggests your CWD exemption might be ending.

    • Oct. 12, 2013
  38. Prions found in plants cause concern

    Prions — the infectious, deformed proteins that cause chronic wasting disease, or CWD, in deer — can be taken up by plants such as alfalfa, corn and tomatoes, according to new research from the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison.

    • Oct. 5, 2013
  39. DNR board opposes wild deer as pets

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' board doesn't care for the agency's proposal to let people keep wild deer as pets.

    • Sep. 27, 2013
  40. DNR appoints first Deer Management Assistance Program leader

    Bob Nack has been appointed as the Department of Natural Resources’ Deer Management Assistance Program and Big Game Section Chief.

    • Sep. 16, 2013
  41. Update: Proposal would let residents keep wild deer

    People would be able to keep deer they capture in the wild under a proposal the state Department of Natural Resources released Thursday in hopes of heading off more emotional confrontations over pet deer.

    • Aug. 29, 2013
  42. Officials defend removing fawn from shelter

    Wisconsin wildlife officials defended their decision to remove a fawn from a no-kill shelter and euthanize it, saying state law requires such action to prevent the spread of disease.

    • Aug. 2, 2013
  43. Survey sheds light on hunters' sentiment toward unrestricted baiting

    Rich Kramer of Wisconsin Public Radio reports in the Superior Telegram that a recent survey shows a shift in public opinion regarding the baiting and feeding of deer by hunters.

    • Aug. 1, 2013
  44. DNR: Operation Deer Watch kicks off August 1

    In an ongoing effort to include public input in deer management, and to effectively monitor and evaluate Wisconsin’s deer herd, the Department of Natural Resources is continuing its annual citizen-science survey, Operation Deer Watch.

    • Jul. 30, 2013
  45. Proposed rules aim to simplify deer hunting

    A new plan that would begin next year is expected to simplify deer hunting while helping the average hunter see more deer.

    • Jul. 21, 2013
  46. DNR secretary says final deer management reports will be studied for future planning

    The state Department of Natural Resources will soon sift through recommendations for changes to its deer management program, but it will be some time before hunters see the effects.

    • Jul. 20, 2013
  47. James Kroll, right, along with Andy Pantzlaff, center, listen to a meeting attendee June 8 at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point before the deer trustee's meeting. Today, the public will get its first chance to see plans for implementing the deer management plan. File photo

    DNR to release proposals for deer season Saturday at UWSP

    Those interested in the progress of the Wisconsin deer trustee report can see proposals Saturday in a public meeting.

    • Jul. 19, 2013
  48. DNR: Discuss final Deer Trustee Report proposals at Saturday meeting

    The public is invited to attend in person, or online, a July 20 meeting to discuss the Deer Trustee Report (DTR) Action Teams’ implementation proposals.

    • Jul. 16, 2013
  49. A doe takes care of newborn twin fawns in June in Ephraim. Research shows it's uncommon for both twins to survive until September, when the average fawn ratio in each deer herd unit comes close to one fawn per adult doe. Gannett Wisconsin Media

    DNR's balancing act: Provide stable deer population, give hunters shot

    When a deer hunter comes home empty-handed from the nine-day gun-deer season, most of the blame for his or her failures gets pointed directly at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for not supplying enough deer in the hunter's beloved unit.

    • Jun. 29, 2013
  50. Live chat: Discuss the Deer Trustee Report with DNR experts

    Did you miss the recent meeting to discuss the mid-process developments in Deer Trustee Report implementation? The DNR offers another chance to discuss the latest proposals to enhance deer management in the state in a live chat to be held today at noon.

    • Jun. 3, 2013

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