Researchers are tracking more than 400 deer in the state, and would like the help of hunters who may harvest them.
Statewide more than 240 white-tailed deer are marked with radio-collars and another 200 marked with ear tags. A research scientist says that hunters should treat these deer like any other deer they may see.
They do ask however that hunters follow the requested tracking information which includes when, how, and where the animal died. It should only take a few minutes to complete. The researchers say hunters’ help may play a role in how Wisconsin’s white-tailed deer herd is managed for generations to come.
Michael Watt, Natural Resources Research Scientist says, “These deer were marked in 2011 and 2012 as part of a study to better understand how long deer live and how they die.”
While the DNR uses a deer population modeling system built upon sound science and data, Watt says challenges remain. The distribution and numbers of predators has changed in the last 20 years and they hope this study can shed some light on how these changes are affecting the herds.
He closed by saying, “The only way we will be successful in our deer herd management is through hunters’ participation, and the research partners who make it possible for us to increase our ability to gather this key information.”