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DNR seeks resident deer survey input

Operation Deer Watch kicked off this week.

The annual, volunteer-based wildlife monitoring survey gives Wisconsin residents an opportunity to assist the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with deer herd management efforts.

Data from this survey provides insight to the reproductive status of Wisconsin's deer herd for 2018 and helps shape deer management for the state. To get involved, people should record all bucks, does and fawns seen during the day from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30. Volunteers can track their daily observations using an online tally sheet found at, keyword "deer watch."

"This is a fun and useful opportunity for everyone to enjoy Wisconsin's plentiful wildlife," said Brian Dhuey, surveys coordinator for the DNR. "The Department of Natural Resources encourages anyone interested in deer, from hunters and trappers to outdoor enthusiasts, to take part."

Data from the survey are also used by county deer advisory councils to develop deer season framework, harvest quotas and permit level recommendations.