Operation Deer Watch launches Aug. 1, allowing citizen scientists around Wisconsin to collect crucial data for deer management in our state.
Participation in Operation Deer Watch is simple, requires no registration and can be done from your computer or mobile device. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) researchers ask you to report deer sightings between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30 via an easy-to-use online form.
The data collected provide insights into the reproductive status of Wisconsin’s deer herd and help shape deer management for the state. The DNR asks participants to record all bucks, does and fawns seen during the day from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30.
Many participants carry a printable tally sheet with them in the car to record sightings and then enter their results online later. For safety, participants should not record sightings while driving a vehicle. Instead, wait till the vehicle is stopped to take note of your sightings.
County Deer Advisory Councils also use data collected to develop deer season framework, harvest quotas and permit level recommendations.