The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is asking anyone interested in deer management to apply for a seat on their local county deer advisory council.

Council members include representatives from a variety of stakeholder groups interested in white-tailed deer management in Wisconsin. The application deadline for all council seats in each county is July 1.

CDACs were established in 2014 to provide an open venue to develop county-specific deer population objectives and herd management with direct input from the public in addition to recommendations from DNR wildlife managers.

“All council seats are open to new applicants,” Kevin Wallenfang, DNR deer and elk ecologist, said. “Those selected will serve for three years, and during that time will have a great deal of responsibility in helping manage deer in their county."

Council members meet twice each spring to review deer population numbers and associated data, gather public input and provide recommendations to the DNR and the Natural Resources Board regarding deer management decisions in their county.

The committees essentially set the deer season parameters for their county, including how many antlerless permits will be allowed. Councils include representatives from agriculture, forestry, tourism, transportation, hunting and local government. For more information regarding CDACs and to apply, visit dnr.wi.gov and search for "CDAC."