Nature Matters: Deer Advisory Councils Let Citizens Speak

By KBJR News 1

September 3, 2014 Updated Sep 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com)

This buck is the exception, not the norm for what's being captured on Dan Parkinson's game cam near Poplar.

"I've got cameras that are doing a lot of my work for me in the woods and I'm getting very few results." said Parkinson.

Word from the Wisconsin woods is that last year's harsh winter killed many deer.
Al Horvath of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress says Governor Scott Walker wants to find out what to do to conserve the remaining animals.
He's directed that each of the state's 72 counties form deer advisory councils.

"It's an innovative, ground breaking, once in a lifetime opportunity for people at the local level to get involved with the management of the herd." said Horvath.

Council members will come from Wisconsin's hunting, environmental and tourism sectors.

"A consortium of people will get together and make a determination along with biologist Greg Kessler to determine if the herd should be increased, decreased or stabilized." said Horvath.

Citizens will have their first chance to express concerns to Douglas County's deer council in two weeks.

"The first meeting we're going to have will be September 16th from 6 to 8 pm at the Superior Public Library." said Horvath.

Deer hunter Dan Parkinson will likely take part in his county's council.

"I think they are a good idea.
Whenever the DNR tries to communicate to get more data with the general public, I think that's always a great idea." said Parkinson.

In Superior for Nature Matters, Dave Anderson, KBJR 6 and Range 11.

The deer councils will use public input to develop 3–year recommendations on county deer population objectives and annual antlerless harvest quotas.