Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources scientist Jessica Rees Lohr says that hunters are the “eyes and ears’ of wildlife researchers.
The seventh annual Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey is about to kick off in Wisconsin.
The Department is appealing for hunters to report their observations to assist in deer management.
In promoting the initiative, Jessica Reese Lohr explained: “We’re doing a deer hunter wildlife survey where hunters can record their observations of deer and any wildlife while they’re out hunting. This helps us keep track of population trends for Wisconsin’s deer herd and other wildlife. [It] is a fun opportunity for hunters to share their enthusiasm for wildlife while helping survey efforts.”
Hunters are urged to report their field excursions, even if no deer are sighted in an area, as this is also valuable information for wildlife managers.
The program has been a success so far. In 2014, more than 15,000 trips were reported to the Department of Natural Resources, recording in excess of 66,000 hours of observation. Last year 5,634 bucks, 13,419 does and 8,253 fawns were sighted by hunters.
Researchers are also keen to see footage from trail cameras. Hunters can register and all information can be entered through the Department’s website. All participants will receive a summary of research findings. The survey will remain open until January 2016.