(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will launch Operation Deer Watch tomorrow (Sunday). The watch allows citizen scientists around the state to report deer sightings in their area, which provides crucial data for deer management. Participation in Operation Deer Watch requires no registration and can be done using a computer or mobile device. DNR researchers ask those interested to report deer sightings, including bucks, does, and fawns between tomorrow and September 30th via an online form. Data collected provides insights into the reproductive status of Wisconsin’s deer herd and helps shape deer management for the state. County Deer Advisory Councils also use the data from the survey to develop deer season framework, harvest quotas, and permit level recommendations. DNR Wildlife Population and Harveys Assessment Specialist Brian Dhuey says this is a fun and useful opportunity for everyone to enjoy Wisconsin’s plentiful wildlife.
Link to the online form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2ZSVKWQ
Link to the printable tally sheet: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WildlifeHabitat/documents/summerdeertally.pdf
Learn more about Operation Deer Watch: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/WildlifeHabitat/summerdeer.html