Wisconsin's new Deer Management Assistance Program has completed its first enrollment period.
- Jun. 25, 2014
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Wisconsin's new Deer Management Assistance Program has completed its first enrollment period.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Outdoor enthusiasts say Wisconsin should ban deer baiting and feeding in the days leading up to the November gun season.
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.
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.
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.
Bob Janssen and his family hunted for years on his 120-acre family farm in the town of Rockland.
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.
I retired from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in 1996 after a 34-year career working in wildlife management and research.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Marty Kosobucki had a bird's-eye view of greater De Pere.
Gov. Scott Walker has approved a sweeping set of changes to Wisconsin deer hunting that include doing away with in-person registration.
State wildlife officials are planning to launch an aerial search for chronic wasting disease in northwestern Wisconsin.
The baiting and feeding of white-tailed deer is now banned in Waupaca and Shawano counties, the state Department of Natural Resources reports.
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.
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.
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.
A five-day thaw starting Friday is just what the doctor ordered for wildlife blitzed by six weeks of snow and cold.
Wisconsin wildlife officials say people may spot low-flying helicopters or fixed-wing planes buzzing around southern Wisconsin over the next few months.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' board doesn't care for the agency's proposal to let people keep wild deer as pets.
Bob Nack has been appointed as the Department of Natural Resources’ Deer Management Assistance Program and Big Game Section Chief.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new plan that would begin next year is expected to simplify deer hunting while helping the average hunter see more deer.
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.
Those interested in the progress of the Wisconsin deer trustee report can see proposals Saturday in a public 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.
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.
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.
Bluebird monitoring hike: Join volunteer naturalists Marilyn Hansotia and Bob Judd at 10 a.m. for a 1.5-mile hike along the Monarch Trail to take a close look at this once-endangered species, along with other cavity–nesting birds making their homes here. Wear sturdy footwear. Meet at the visitors center at Newport State Park near Gills Rock in Door County. A state park vehicle sticker is required for admission. For more information, call 920-854-2500. More events | Events map
Gone fishing program: Visit the Shoto Conservation Club from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for this free event. Kids are invited to come and enjoy the fun of fishing. Only those registered are eligible for prizes and food. Prizes are awarded in different categories. For more information or to register, visit www.activityreg.com or call 920-793-5592. More events | Events map
Northwoods Muskie Open: This catch and release tournament will be held from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Minocqua. Cost is $50 for adults and $25 for anglers 16 and under. For more information call Todd Berg at 715-820-2967, Pete Stoltman at 715-614-1412 or Mike Sasse at 608-235-4980. More events | Events map