Advisory council seeks input Wednesday on antlerless deer harvest
The Douglas County Deer Advisory Council will meet to finalize its preliminary antlerless recommendations at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Superior Public Library. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts on this year's recommendations before they are submitted to the Natural Resources Board.
The council initially recommended no antlerless tags be issued to the general public. It did recommend authorizing antlerless tags for youth, metro, tribal, military, handicapped and damage, with a total kill estimate of around 500.
The idea of a buck-only hunt this fall was not well received by the public, Douglas County CDAC Chairman Al Horvath said.
"In an attempt to respect opinions shared with us, and to give a voice to as many people as possible, we will review our preliminary recommendations and consider putting out a reasonable antlerless quota for the general public and the good of the county as a whole," Horvath wrote in an email to council members.
Douglas County received 288 public comment forms, he said, the highest participation in the state. Fifty-seven percent of respondents said the antlerless quota recommended for the 2019 was about right; 40 percent said it was too low.
A final decision will be made at Wednesday's meeting.
"The CDAC process is an attempt to include the public's opinion in deciding these issues, and we make every effort to try to satisfy as many people as possible, while following the science behind deer management," Horvath said.
Public comment results can be found on the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/cdac.html.