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Wisconsin deer hunter wildlife survey

Doe in winter
To better understand the relative abundance and distribution of deer and other mammalian/avian wildlife species in the state, the DNR is developing a long-term database of deer hunter observation data. Past efforts have provided the agency with valuable information for managing many wildlife species.

How to participate

The survey period is Sept 16 - Jan 7. You can help with this survey by recording the following from your deer hunting trips:

  • date hunted;
  • number of hours hunted;
  • county;
  • zone (map);
  • land type;
  • weather conditions; and
  • type and number of animals.

Submit data

Observations can be reported by smartphone, desktop or mail. Select a method below for further instructions.


Observations are collected using the Survey123 app. Currently on your smartphone? Use this direct link instead of steps 1-3 below to install the survey.

Step 1) Download and install Survey123 on your device. Go to Google Play (Android) or DNR App Catalog (iOS) to install.

  • Note: after installation, the app may open and ask you to log in. Close the app and go to step 2.

Step 2) Scan the QR code below with the phone's camera and click on the link that appears. This will load and open the Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey in Survey123. If prompted to log in, click 'Continue without signing in' to proceed.

Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey QR Code

Step 3) Once the survey is installed, go to the X at the top left of the screen, then select "Close survey and lose changes." The Survey123 app and Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey are now loaded onto your phone and ready for you to record your observations. Upon your next sighting, open Survey123 and the Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey to record your sighting.

  • You can use your phone's GPS to record your sighting location or the map to pin your sightings.

** DO NOT use the app while driving! **


Click on the link below to enter survey data (use Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge):


Observations are collected using the tally sheet and mailed to Jes Rees Lohr at the end of the month.

Jes Rees Lohr
2801 Progress Rd.
Madison, WI 53716

It is essential that all of your deer hunting efforts be recorded, even if no wildlife is seen.

Reports should include sightings of:

  • badger
  • bear
  • bobcat
  • coyote
  • deer
  • elk
  • fisher
  • house cat
  • opossum
  • otter
  • porcupine
  • raccoon
  • red and gray fox
  • ruffed grouse
  • skunk
  • turkey
  • wolf
  • other wildlife not typically seen in your area

Additional Information

Trail camera photos wanted

If you have trail camera photos of the following animals: cougar, lynx, moose, wolf, or wolverine, please submit them to wildlife management.