Wisconsin's New Webpage to Follow Deer Research

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Staying on top of developments and progress in Wisconsin's $2 million investment in deer research is only a mouse-click away at a new "White-tailed Deer Research Projects" page on the Department of Natural Resources website.

To register for updates, people can go to the DNR homepage at dnr.wi.gov and click on the White-tailed Deer Research Projects button under the features column, then click on the link for "subscribe to deer research projects," enter their e-mail address and follow the sign up instructions. When the subscription list appears scroll to the bottom and check "Wisconsin Deer Research."

When the White-tailed Deer Research Projects page is updated, subscribers will receive an e-mail alerting them to new information posted on the page.

The White-tailed Deer Research Projects page will keep subscribers up-to-date on four research efforts designed to improve the accuracy of estimating Wisconsin's deer population and gain a better understanding of hunter population trends. The projects were requested by hunters and a scientific review panel of North American wildlife experts.

The four research projects include: estimating the survival rate of bucks; predator impacts on deer populations; aerial deer survey techniques; and human dimensions research to better understand factors contributing to declining hunter numbers. Details on other deer-related research projects will be posted later as they are planned.

Researchers from DNR, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Department of Wildlife Ecology, UW's Applied Population Laboratory and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point are all involved in parts of the research. The Wisconsin Conservation Congress and Whitetails Unlimited are also involved in the effort.

Additional volunteers are needed to build deer traps, participate in deer capture, placing radio collars on captured deer, and monitoring survival status and seasonal movements of collared deer. DNR and University researchers are also interested in working directly with landowners within the study areas willing to allow researchers on their property to conduct research activities.