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What Wisconsin hunters should do if they see a collared deer this season

DNR expert happy with northern herd regeneration
Posted at 12:01 PM, Nov 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-13 13:01:53-05

This year, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources collared more deer than they have before as part of their Southwest Wisconsin Chronic Wasting Disease, Deer and Predatory Study.

Collared deer are legal to hunt in Wisconsin. The DNR just asks that hunters call them at 608-935-1490 if they do harvest a collared deer, so they can get the collar and tell hunters information about their deer, such as age and movement maps.

During the spring, 128 fawns were collared, compared to 104 in 2018 and 91 in 2017.

As of Nov. 11, 548 deer have been collared, 40 bobcats and 69 coyotes.

The deer are collared to understand how chronic wasting disease impacts deer herds. To capture deer and monitor them, the DNR uses netted cage traps, box traps, drop nets and darting. Deer in Grant, Iowa and Dane counties are the DNR's current study areas. For more information, visit the DNR website.