Deer advisory council meetings underway

Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve in Suamico will be the site of Brown County CDAC meeting, March 14, 2017 (WLUK/Eric Peterson)

SUAMICO (WLUK) -- Hunters and non-hunters interested in deer have a chance to voice their opinions at meetings across the state.

The first such meetings in Northeast Wisconsin will be Wednesday night, in four area counties, including the Barkausen Waterfowl Preserve in Suamico in Brown County.

In meetings over the coming weeks, 71 County Deer Advisory Councils will review 2016 deer harvest totals, and trends.

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The panel, made up of hunters, Department of Natural Resources representatives, and other stakeholders will use that information to develop deer harvest quotas for the upcoming 2017 season.

"They have to determine what they feel to meet their three-year objective of either maintain, decrease or increase populations within that county of deer," said Josh Martinez, DNR Wildlife Biologist.

Martinez says there are plenty of deer in Brown County.

"They're still meeting that three year objective of maintain. The population has increased, but not to the point where it's over what they're trying to reach," he said.

The County Deer Advisory Councils, or CDACs were formed as part of the Deer Trustee Report in 2012.

"They want to put more of deer management on the local communities' hands. So county levels is what we developed for deer management units, and each county has that as a representation," said Martinez.

The councils will hear from the public as well.

"It's a way of giving back to the resource. Also, it needs to be done. That we have our hunters input to the department on what we feel is what our county deer management goals should be and where our herd status should be, whether we think we should have more deer, or less deer," said George Robinson, CDAC Chair.

The councils will submit the preliminary harvest quotas to the DNR for review. The CDACs will meet again in April to finalize any changes. The state Natural Resources Board is expected to approve the final plan at its meeting in May.

Besides Brown County, there are meetings in Door, Fond du Lac and Manitowoc counties Wednesday night. Other counties meet from Thursday through a week from Thursday.

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