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Help track Wisconsin deer populations by reporting sightings

Posted at 8:33 PM, Aug 13, 2020

WISCONSIN — The Wisconsin DNR is asking the public to report deer sightings in an effort to track deer populations in the state.

Operation Deer Watch is an annual citizen-science survey that tracks white-tailed deer and gives residents an opportunity to assist with deer herd management efforts.

The DNR has an easy to use online form that you can use to report any sightings. That form can be found here.

Any deer sightings involving bucks, does, or fawns should be reported now through Sept. 30.

According to the DNR, any deer sightings can be counted, whether you spot deer while in the woods, on a drive, or while out for an evening walk.

“This is a fun and useful opportunity for everyone to enjoy Wisconsin’s plentiful wildlife while participating in citizen science,” said Brian Dhuey, DNR wildlife population, and harvest assessment specialist.

The data collected from Operation Deer Watch is used by County Deer Advisory Councils who develop deer season framework, harvest quotas, and permit level recommendations.

You can also print a tally-sheet if you wish to track the sightings and then report them all at once. That sheet can be found here.

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