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Deer hunters track wildlife populations

The Department of Natural Resources is kicking off its ninth annual Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey with the start of the 2017 deer hunting season. The survey allows hunters can record their observations of deer and other wildlife while hunting.

Survey results help track population trends for Wisconsin's deer herd and other wildlife.

Hunters can record all hunting activity throughout the deer season, even if no wildlife sightings were made during a hunt. The observations provide DNR staff with an index of abundance for many wildlife species.

New this year, hunters can report observations using a smartphone app. For more information about entering Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey observations by smartphone, desktop or mail, visit the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, and keyword search "Deer Hunter Wildlife."

At the end of the survey, participants can receive a personalized summary of all recorded wildlife from that season. The survey period ends in January.

Archery and crossbow season began Sept. 16 and runs through Jan. 7, Jan. 21 in metro subunits. The youth deer hunt takes place Oct. 7-8; the gun hunt for hunters with disabilities takes place Oct. 7-15. This year's gun season runs Nov. 18-26 with muzzleloader season from Nov. 27-Dec. 6.

The annual forecast, full of valuable information on where to find your favorite game, updates on hunting regulations or how you can get involved with deer herd management through the Wisconsin Deer Management Assistance Program is now available.

Visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "forecast" or "hunt."

DNR customer service staff is available to assist online and by phone from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Spanish and Hmong bilingual customer service representatives are available at (888) 936-7463 or csweb@wisconsin.gov.

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