On Aug. 28 at the Door County Government Center, 421 Nebraska St., Sturgeon Bay, the County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) will meet to discuss deer population objectives and Deer Management Unit (DMU) boundaries to be followed for the next three years. This meeting starts at 7 pm.
While this is a working meeting of the council, the public is encouraged to attend and will have a formal opportunity to provide insight during the public comment period of the meeting. CDACs are part of an effort to provide more public input on deer management issues and give stakeholders a greater responsibility in managing local deer numbers.
Councils will develop recommendations regarding deer population objectives and DMU boundaries that will influence herd management in their county over the next three years. Recommendations will be sent to the Natural Resources Board for approval in December.
Local Department of Natural Resources staff will be on hand to present information and answer any questions.
Following the August meetings, a public comment period will take place, with a final council meeting in late October to allow the council to review public feedback before making final recommendations on the county deer population objective and DMU boundaries.
Each council will reconvene in spring 2018 to develop antlerless deer harvest quotas for deer hunting seasons and consider various strategies to meet population objectives.
Those unable to attend their county’s meeting can view meeting minutes on the department’s CDAC website at dnr.wi.gov. Search keyword “CDAC.”