Questionable: What’s happening with deer hunting information?
What is happening with the information Dr. Kroll provided to Wisconsin DNR for the future of deer management in Wisconsin?
We asked Jim Jung, conservation warden with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, this question. He responded:
“A lot has happened since the Deer Trustee Report has been submitted to the DNR. Action teams have been formed in the following areas: DMAP, (deer management action plan), seasons and regulations, herd health and chronic wasting disease, and science and research. These groups have met several times and involved a broad spectrum of public land hunters, private lands hunters, foresters, farmers, etc. In August of 2013, DNR staff will begin the rule writing process and meet with the tribes. In September, staff will seek permission from the Natural Resources Board to authorize public hearings to be held regarding the proposed rules. If the NRB approves, formal public hearings will occur in October of 2013 throughout the state. After the public hearings, DNR staff will bring a rule package back to the NRB in December and seek a formal adoption of the proposed changes. This timeline will impact the 2014 deer season process and guide the seasons, tag fees, management units and rules and regulations.
“To learn more details of these action teams, you can search the enclosed DNR deer trustee report implementation website: dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/trustee.html or watch a video of the four action teams in action: dnrmedia.wi.gov/main/Play/006b1b81b87d492fbd1a2113f5cebf451d“