Deer Council seeks info on local deer herd

Deer Council seeks info on local deer herd

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Data on the size of the Kenosha County deer herd will be reviewed at a meeting of the local Deer Council Tuesday in preparation of making harvest recommendations.

The local councils are tasked with developing a three-year deer population objective based on public input, population data from the state Department of Natural Resources and the impact deer have on forests and agriculture. It also helps create annual antlerless harvest quotas.

Local Deer Council chairman Steve Kenesie said the public will have several opportunities over the next couple of months to be involved, both at meetings and through written comment.

The preliminary recommendations will be shared with the public from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Richard Bong State Recreation Area in the Visitor Center.

“We will review the deer matrix compiled by the DNR, and we are looking for the public to share their observations,” Kenesie said. “This is their opportunity to hear the DNR explain the data and to ask questions of the council.”

Kenesie said the county is still operating under a three-year deer management plan that calls for the size of the herd to be increased. As a result, no bonus antlerless tags have been issued.

After the Tuesday meeting there will be a written comment period for members of the public to offer their opinions on the preliminary recommendations.

The final recommendations will be presented at meeting set for 6 to 8 p.m. April 18 at the recreation center.

For more information, visit https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/cdac.html.

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