Wisconsin 2021 Deer Season Recommendations Open for Public Comment

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced that the public is invited to weigh in on recommendations regarding county-level antlerless deer harvest goals and the 2021 white-tailed deer hunting season structure. Anyone interested in helping shape local deer herd management preferences can submit comments online from April 12-25. The online input tool for public comment is available here.

Each county in Wisconsin has a County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) to provide input and recommendations to DNR on deer management within their county. Each CDAC is made up of representatives from different interest groups that provide recommendations to the DNR on deer management within their county. Councils work with local DNR staff to schedule meetings, provide community outreach and an opportunity for public input, review population data and deer impacts on forests and agriculture, develop recommendations on county population objectives and create annual antlerless harvest quotas. To view each county’s recommendations, click here.

After the public comment period closes on April 25, CDACs will reconvene between May 3-7 to consider the feedback and determine their final recommendations for the 2021 deer hunting season. All CDAC meetings are open to the public and will be held virtually via Zoom. Find the most current information on meeting structure, dates and times on the DNR’s CDAC webpage.

The DNR and the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) will present the final county-level recommendations for approval in June. If you have additional questions, email DNRCDACWebMail@wisconsin.gov.

About Torin Miller

Torin Miller is a licensed attorney and NDA’s Director of Policy. He works at the intersection of conservation and natural resources law, policy, advocacy and education. He has a bachelor's degree in wildlife and fisheries science from Penn State University, a J.D. from Penn State Law and is finishing a master's degree in wildlife and fisheries science at Penn State. Torin came to NDA via the National Deer Alliance, where he served as the Policy and Outreach Coordinator.