County deer advisory councils (CDACs) throughout Wisconsin will hold meetings beginning next week to start the antlerless harvest quota and permit setting process for the 2019 deer seasons.

The Vilas County CDAC meeting will be Tuesday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Boulder Junction Community Center. The Oneida County meeting will be Thursday, March 21, at 6 p.m. at the Cassian Town Hall in Harshaw. The Forest County meeting will be Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at the Crandon Public Library in Crandon.

Deer hunting season structure options for each county also will be discussed by the councils. Those options may include extended antlerless deer hunting seasons necessary to reach county deer population objectives.

The Natural Resources Board approved deer population objectives for deer management units in this area for 2018-’20 as follows: Vilas County, maintain population; Oneida County, maintain population; and Forest County, increase population.

All council meetings are open to the public and include an opportunity to provide feedback as each council develops their preliminary recommendations. Those interested in attending can find a schedule of CDAC meetings and their locations at dnr.wi.gov.

In addition to attending CDAC meetings, the public can review and comment on preliminary recommendations through a survey at dnr.wi.gov from April 1-10.

Final CDAC meetings will take place the week of April 15. 

Public feedback is considered alongside trends in metrics relative to deer management, winter impacts and historical season structure and harvest data provided by Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists, foresters and law enforcement.

DNR staff will review CDAC recommendations following the April meetings and provide recommendations to the Natural Resources Board for approval in May. Following Natural Resources Board approval, final recommendations will be in effect for the 2019 deer seasons.

For more information pertaining to CDAC population objective recommendations, agendas and membership, visit dnr.wi.gov.

Additional questions can also be sent to dnrcdacwebmail@wisconsin.gov.