The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently launched Operation Deer Watch, which allows citizen scientists around Wisconsin to report deer sightings in their area, providing crucial data for deer management.
Participation in Operation Deer Watch is simple, requires no registration and can be done using a computer or mobile device. DNR researchers ask participants to report deer sightings, including bucks, does and fawns, between August 1 and September 30 via an easy-to-use online form. A printable tally sheet is also available to record sightings and then enter results online later.
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 data from the survey to develop deer season framework, harvest quotas and permit level recommendations.
The National Deer Association (NDA) encourages hunters and deer managers to engage in the deer management process at local, state and national levels. Wisconsin’s Operation Deer Watch is a great opportunity for hunters and non-hunters alike to aid in deer management efforts across the state.