The final County Deer Advisory Council meetings of 2014 will give the public an opportunity to provide input regarding each county’s deer population objectives before recommendations are advanced to the state Department of Natural Resources.
These objectives will guide deer management decisions for the next three years, so the public is encouraged to attend and participate in a local council meeting.
Area meetings are:
• Waupaca County: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, Manawa City Hall, 500 S. Bridge St., Manawa.
• Portage County: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, Conference Room 1, Portage County Annex, 1462 Strongs Ave., Stevens Point.
• Waushara County: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, Demo Room, Waushara County Courthouse, 209 S. St. Marie St., Wautoma.
• Outagamie County: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, Outagamie Conservation Club, N3502 Mayflower Road, Hortonville.
• Winnebago County: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, Coughlin Center, 625 E. County Trunk Y, Oshkosh.
• Shawano County: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, LGI Room, Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St., Shawano.
An online survey is also available through Friday, Dec. 5, for those who are unable to attend their county’s meeting and would like to provide feedback. The survey can be found on the DNR Web site, dnr.wi.gov.
Preliminary recommendations made during October council meetings suggested an increase, decrease or maintenance in the local deer population. Councils considered scientific deer metrics and stakeholder and public opinion to develop a preliminary population objective recommendation.
To develop a final recommendation, each council will consider survey responses and professional opinions from DNR wildlife biologists, foresters and law enforcement. Final population objective recommendations will be presented to the DNR following the December council meetings and forwarded to the state Natural Resources Board for approval in March.
Once approved, population objectives will go into effect for the next three years, starting with the 2015 deer season.
County councils will reconvene in March to develop antlerless quota recommendations that will move the deer herd toward population objectives.