An annual statewide public deer count is getting underway.
The yearly public survey, known as “Operation Deer Watch” is an ongoing effort to include public input in deer management while effectively monitoring and evaluating the Wisconsin Deer Herd.
Starting today through September 30, volunteers can record bucks, does and fawns seen daily on a tally sheet available for download on the DNR’s website. The DNR will use that information, along with their own observations, to get a proper handle on the Wisconsin deer population.
Brian Dhuey, the DNR surveys coordinator says, “This is a fun and useful opportunity for the public to be the daily eyes and ears for the deer herd in their area.”
This year the DNR also chose around 14,000 registered hunters inviting them to partipate. Dhuey says even if you weren’t chosen, they still encourage participation.