A public meeting on deer management in Wisconsin will be held tonight, Tuesday, April 17, in the auditorum at Rhinelander High School. The public meeting is part of the “independent, science-based” review of Wisconsin’s deer management program by white-tailed deer trustee James “Dr. Deer” Kroll and associates Gary Alt and David Guynn.
The meetings are intended to collect suggestions for change, not criticism, according to Kroll. Outside each meeting room, a sign will be posted saying “We are here for the future of the white-tailed deer and the Wisconsin hunting heritage. Please leave your personal agendas outside this door.”
The meetings are being facilitated by the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. A live video feed is planned for people who are interested but won’t or can’t attend in person.
Kroll, a university professor from Nacogdoches, Texas, was tabbed by Gov. Scott Walker to lead an “independent and science-based review” of Wisconsin deer management. Kroll later added Alt, former head of Pennsylvania’s deer management program, and Guynn, a retired Clemson University professor and director of the Quality Deer Management Association, to the review panel.
The $125,000 plus expenses for the review is being paid for with license fee dollars from the DNR’s Fish and Wildlife account. The project is being supervised by the Department of Administration.
The trio issued a report of preliminary findings in March. Their final report is due in June.