MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin wildlife officials should allow landowners to hold site-specific hunts on their property, quit establishing local population goals and make better connections with the public.
That's a summary of the findings by Governor Scott Walker's deer trustee, Texas researcher James Kroll. Kroll was hired by the Walker administration to evaluate the Department of Natural Resources' deer management.
You can read his entire report here.
In the study, Kroll found that the DNR's population estimates aren't precise enough for individual management zones. It also found that site-specific hunts would provide Wisconsin valuable biological information on kills and better agency outreach would help restore the DNR's credibility with hunters.
In a statement, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp said, "A comprehensive report such as this will take several weeks to review, but the Department of Natural Resources is ready, willing and eager to roll up our sleeves and get started. We look forward to working with the public, the Natural Resources Board, Governor Walker, Dr. Kroll, Wildlife Management professionals, Legislators and the Conservation Congress to find ways to make deer hunting even better in Wisconsin. All along we’ve had the same goal, to make sure Wisconsin leads the nation in deer management and that our rich deer hunting tradition remains strong.”