Contact: Jessica Rees-Lohr, DNR wildlife research scientist

Madison, Wisconsin — With the start of the 2017 deer hunting seasons, the Department of Natural Resources is kicking off its ninth annual Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey, a survey where hunters can record their observations of deer and other wildlife while hunting.

Survey results help track population trends for Wisconsin’s deer herd and other wildlife.

Hunters can record all hunting activity throughout the deer season, even if no wildlife sightings were made during a hunt. The observations provide DNR staff with an index of abundance for many wildlife species.

New this year, hunters can report observations using a smartphone app. For more information about entering Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey observations by smartphone, desktop or mail, go to the DNR website,, and keyword search “Deer Hunter Wildlife.”

At the end of the survey, participants can receive a personalized summary of all recorded wildlife from that season. The survey period ends in January.

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