The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites hunters, farmers, foresters and anyone interested in the Wisconsin deer herd to attend upcoming County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) meetings held virtually across the state Dec. 7-18.

Councils will meet via teleconference to review deer herd metrics and harvest data from the last three years and to provide a preliminary recommendation on the herd size objective for the next three years. The DNR will also share preliminary recommendations on the deer management unit and zone boundaries.

The Douglas County CDAC will host a virtual meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 8. It will include discussion on a possible deer management unit boundary split, a 2020 deer season harvest summary, information on forestry metrics and the council’s preliminary recommendation for a three-year population objective.

Listen in to the meeting by dialing 855-947-8255 and using the passcode 9336-097.

Members of the public must sign up online by Dec. 3 to speak at the meeting. A link to the deer metrics report is available through the DNR website.

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Preliminary recommendations on herd size objectives and management unit boundaries are available for public comment Jan. 4-13. In late January, each council will reconvene to discuss the public input received and finalize their recommendations to the DNR. The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will receive the final council recommendations at its February meeting.

This story was updated at 8:15 a.m. Dec. 7 with an updated phone number and passcode from Douglas County CDAC Chairman Al Horvath. It was originally posted at 3 p.m. Nov. 24.