- The DNR will use a different approach to collect hunting data over the next three years. The department created a council for each county to review and consider measuring and handling the deer herd. Tuesday, Oneida County took their first step with the new council.
County Deer Advisory Councils are a new wrinkle to deer management in Wisconsin. Members are eager to see what the future will hold even though this was their first meeting Tuesday.
The council discussed the deer population in Oneida County, antlerless quotas and how the season should be structured. The chairperson for the council, Ed Choinski, believes many people don't think their input will change things locally, but he says it's even more important now for people.
"It's never been more important than it is now. Collectively as a county, every citizen has an input in this. We all succeed together or we're all going to fail together," Choinski said.
Representatives from the Rhinelander's DNR station also spoke Tuesday night. They gave information about metrics on the deer herd and what they've noticed this past winter.
"We did have some loss of deer, winter loss and probably the fawn crop was affected this last winter," said DNR Conservation Warden Jim Jung. "So rather than having maybe twins or younger deer having a single fawn, a lot of doe's would have a single fawn this year."
The council will have another meeting next month. The date has not been set yet. They hope to have an even bigger crowd then. They want more recommendations from the area when it comes to deer management.