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State's deer "czar" asks hunters for input

Wisconsinites are being asked to share their ideas for carrying out the "Deer Czar's" recommendations.

The DNR will hold seven public meetings at UW Stevens Point to get input from hunters and others interested in how the state's deer herd should be managed. They'll be asked to suggest ways to adopt 62 proposals made by James Kroll and his team of deer researchers.

The first meeting is set for Saturday, March 9. The DNR has created four "action teams" to focus on the general areas of regulations and deer seasons - science and research - deer health, including chronic wasting disease - and the new "D-MAP" deer management assistance program. Almost two dozen other states use "D-MAP," a system in which hunters and landowners work together with the state to manage deer and other habitat on specific lands.

All four action teams will meet at the same time at Stevens Point - so groups with an interest in more than one area are being told to bring more than one person. Besides the March session, meetings are planned April 6, and 27, May 18, June 8th and 29, and July 20.

The ideas will then be considered in the D-N-R's rule-making process. Governor Scott Walker has included funding in his state budget to carry out Kroll's recommendations.