Hear status update on local deer herd

Green Lake-area residents interested in the status of the county deer herd may attend the annual fish and game hearing Monday, April 14 at 7 p.m.

It will take place at Green Lake School in the small gymnasium, 612 Mill St.

In the past, early spring herd status meetings were based on groupings of deer management units, with more than 130 of these units across the state bounded primarily by large rivers and highways.

In the future, deer will be managed at the county level, making it useful to discuss herd status at the Department of Natural Resources annual spring fish and game rules hearings.

These are held simultaneously on the second Monday in April in each of the 72 counties.

Such hearings provide an opportunity for hunters and other interested individuals to hear a herd status report for that county and to learn about new deer hunting rules and regulations.

Deer herd management throughout Wisconsin relies heavily on information provided by the public. At each of these hearings, local wildlife staff will be on hand to speak with interested participants regarding deer management in that area.

These hearings are held in conjunction with the annual Conservation Congress county meetings, at which delegates to the congress are elected and meeting participants are asked to cast advisory votes on suggested fish and game rule changes and other matters related to the outdoors.

For more information about the hearings and locations, type “spring hearings” in the search box at http://dnr.wi.gov.

Those unable to attend a local meeting can provide input using an online herd status summary and survey. The survey will be active through Friday, April 18. To submit feedback, visit http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/forum.html

Comments and survey results will be compiled and provided to the wildlife biologist responsible for each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.

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