State wildlife biologists invite anyone interested in the status of their local deer herd to attend the annual spring fish and game hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, in their county.
In the past, early spring herd status meetings were based on groupings of deer management units, with more than 130 of these DMUs across the state bounded primarily by large rivers and highways. In the future, deer will be managed at the county level making it useful to discuss herd status at the Department of Natural Resources annual spring fish and game rules hearings, held simultaneously on the second Monday of April in each of the 72 counties.
Deer herd management throughout Wisconsin relies heavily on information provided by the public, and at each of these hearings local wildlife staff will be on hand to speak about new hunting rules and local deer herd management. Here are some hearing locations in this region:
-Marathon County - D.C. Everest Middle School Auditorium, 9302 Schofield Avenue, Weston
-Portage County - Ben Franklin Junior High School Auditorium, 2000 Polk Street, Stevens Point
-Shawano County - Shawano Middle School Room LGI, 1050 S Union Street, Shawano
-Waupaca County - Waupaca High School Performing Arts Center, E2325 King Road, Waupaca
-Wood County - Pittsville School Admin. Building auditorium, 5459 Elementary Avenue, Pittsville
These hearings are held in conjunction with the annual Conservation Congress county meetings at which delegates to the congress are elected and meeting participants are asked to cast advisory votes on suggested fish and game rule changes and other matters related to the outdoors.
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