MADISON — With the start of the 2016 deer hunting season Sept. 17, the Department of Natural Resources is kicking off its eighth annual Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey, an easy-to-do survey where hunters can record their observations of deer and other wildlife while out hunting. Survey results help track population trends for Wisconsin’s deer herd and other wildlife.
“The Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey is a fun opportunity for hunters to share their enthusiasm for wildlife while helping survey efforts,” says Jes Rees Lohr, DNR wildlife research scientist.
The DNR asks hunters to record all of their hunting activity throughout the deer season, even if no wildlife sightings were made during a hunt. The observations provide the DNR with an index to abundance for many wildlife species.
At the end of each year, participants will receive a personalized summary of all recorded wildlife from that season. Participants can access the survey by going to the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, and searching keyword “Deer Hunter Wildlife.” Tally sheets can be filled out either electronically or printed from the site. The survey period ends January 2016
Hunters can also send in their trail camera photos. The Trail Camera Gallery can be accessed through the Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey webpage. Check back often as the site is updated as soon as new photos are sent in.