The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has suspended in-person County Deer Advisory Council meetings planned for discussing this year's deer season antlerless permit recommendations and will instead use a call-in format. Meeting dates and times have not changed, and meetings remain open to the public via telephone.
The Douglas County committee will hold their teleconference on April 9 at 6 p.m. For more information go to dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/cdac.html.
Everyone can have a say about the deer herd in Wisconsin and the DNR wants to hear from you. Between March 30 and April 9, each county will host a call-in meeting talking about harvest goals for 2020. Anyone interested in listening to their county's call can join the meeting by phone from the comfort of home.
The agenda for each county meeting will include the development of antlerless harvest goals and season framework recommendations for the 2020 deer season to achieve each county's deer population objective. Options under discussion include the antlerless deer harvest quota and various season framework options such as offering the holiday hunt or extended archery/crossbow seasons.
Presentations by DNR wildlife biologists normally given in-person at these meetings are now available on the DNR website. Meeting schedules and call-in numbers can also be found online. After meetings conclude, meeting summaries with preliminary recommendations will also be posted on the DNR website.
In Minnesota, local area deer meetings have been canceled, too, but you can call or email your deer population/hunting concerns and questions to your local area wildlife manager. You can find them at www.dnr.state.mn.us/areas/wildlife.