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Wisconsin deer hunter wildlife survey

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To gain a better understanding of 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. 18 - Jan. 9. 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.

Smartphone

Observations are collected using the Survey123 app.

1. Go to Google Play (Android) or the Apple App Store (iOS) and install Survey123 (free).

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

Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey QR Code

3. Once the survey is installed, select the 'X' at the top left of the screen and choose 'Close 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 hunting trip, open Survey123 and then the Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey to record your observations.

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

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

Desktop

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

Mail

Observations are collected using the tally sheet and then mailed to Brian Dhuey at the end of the month.

Brian Dhuey
2801 Progress Rd.
Madison, WI 53716

It is important 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 normally seen in your area

Results

Data collected is used to provide wildlife distribution and abundance information; annual results are in the Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey report:

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.