EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard
A deer in a herd of a ten grazes in backyards at dusk Thursday in Menominee.
EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard

A deer in a herd of a ten grazes in backyards at dusk Thursday in Menominee.

MADISON, Wis. —The application period for vacant County Deer Advisory Council seats is open through Jan. 15, 2019.

CDAC members represent areas of expertise in agriculture, forestry, tourism, transportation, hunting, land management and local government. Individuals with experience in one of these areas are encouraged to apply for open CDAC seats. Council members meet at least twice annually to review deer management data, gather public input from citizens and provide recommendations to the Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Board regarding deer population objectives and antlerless harvest in their county.

Both hunters and non-hunters are encouraged to apply for vacancies, but applicants must have experience or involvement with the seat (agriculture, forestry, etc.) for which they are applying.

Councils were established in 2014 and continue to provide an excellent opportunity to receive recommendations on county-specific deer population objectives and herd management decisions involving antlerless harvest goals and season structure. To form these recommendations, councils review a variety of scientific metrics on deer herd harvest and population trends, herd health, impacts to habitat and various human-deer interactions.