County Deer Advisory Councils (CDAC) met in each county in March and preliminary antlerless deer quotas, harvest authorization levels and season structure recommendations for the 2019 deer hunting season are now available for review and comment.

An online public comment period opened April 1 and will end Thursday, April 11, to collect feedback on the preliminary recommendations. 

The Vilas CDAC continued its three-year position to “maintain” the deer population and voted in favor of an antlerless deer harvest for youths in 2019. The Vilas council favored a preliminary antlerless harvest of 200 deer with 500 hunter authorizations, splitting the permits 70%/30% between private and public lands, respectively. This would allow 350 permits available for private lands and 150 for public lands to harvest an estimated 200 antlerless deer.

The next Vilas County CDAC meeting will be Monday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Boulder Junction Community Center.

The Oneida County CDAC goal is to “maintain” the herd and set the preliminary antlerless harvest number at 1,500, allowing for the sale of 5,000 hunter authorizations, including 2,250 private land and 2,250 public land antlerless tags.

The next Oneida County CDAC meeting will be Wednesday, April 17, at 6 p.m. at the Cassian Town Hall in Harshaw.

The Forest County CDAC has a three-year goal to “increase” the deer population and set a preliminary antlerless quota of 100 deer allowing for the sale of 300 harvest authorizations. All 300 permits would be on private land, with none available on public land.

The Forest County CDAC meeting will be Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at the Crandon Public Library. 

To view each county’s recommendations across the state and provide feedback, visit dnr.wi.gov, search “CDAC” and click on the “Provide Your Input” box.

Antlerless quota recommendations and hunter success rates from previous hunts help determine the number of antlerless harvest authorizations available for the 2019 deer hunting season and help Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff and councils work to reach deer population objectives within each county.

“The impact that CDACs are having on deer hunting in Wisconsin is impressive and growing,” said Jeff Pritzl, acting DNR deer program specialist. “The public has a real voice in local deer management and the council members weigh their decisions heavily on public feedback. If you have an interest in helping to shape the deer season in your county, this is an important opportunity.”

CDACs consider a variety of factors like harvest data, population trends and winter severity to form harvest objective and authorization level recommendations.

After the public comment period has ended, each council will reconvene April 15-18 to evaluate public feedback and determine final recommendations for the 2019 deer season, which will be reviewed  by the Natural Resources Board.