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Gun Deer Hunt Data Tells Many Stories
The 2015 Gun Deer Season ended on Sunday, November 29, 2015.
Within days, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
was able to tell us a lot about the hunt.
This year, the DNR introduced an online and telephone
registration process that enabled us to receive a lot of data
quickly as we look at the results of the hunting season. This
modernization is a significant change to 164 years of tradition,
but it is a great way for us to better understand and analyze
deer population, hunting trends and other factors while the
experience is still fresh in our minds.
Statewide, hunters harvested 201,812 deer, which is a 1.12%
increase over last year. While this may seem like a small
percentage, the raw numbers tell us that hunters harvested 2,229
more deer this year! In total, 612,377 gun deer licenses were
sold in 2015, up from 608,711 last year. However, this tells us
that only 33% of hunters harvested deer this year during the gun
In the counties of the 17th Senate District, we harvested 35,969
deer, which is 3,276 more than last year. Southwestern Wisconsin
is a great place to hunt.
On opening weekend (November 21-22), we harvested 19% of the
119,495 deer registered statewide during these two days. Half of
all deer harvested in the 17th District were taken during
opening weekend. Our counties experienced an overall increase of
27.65% on opening weekend over 2014 with individual counties
seeing increases between 13% (Lafayette – Southern Farmland) and
106.11% (Monroe – Central Forest) over last year!
For the season, the 17th District registered 18% of the deer
statewide with 35,969 total deer. This is impressive and tells
us that our herd management is effective and positive for the
hunters in our communities. The largest harvest occurred in
Vernon county with 5,899 deer, which is an increase of 3.98% for
Vernon county over last year. Sauk county came in next with
5,429 deer and a 11.01% increase over 2014 and Grant county
followed close behind with 5,363 deer and an impressive 16.87%
In the coming weeks, we will know more details about the
harvest, such as whether the deer were taken on private versus
public land, the time of day of the harvest, how many deer the
hunter saw before taking their deer and more. However, these
preliminary results are a great indicator of successful
management in our zones.
Wisconsin is divided into several management units that help the
DNR and those of us interested in the future of our sporting
heritage, to organize and analyze the trends in animal
populations and hunting. Most of the 17th Senate District is in
the Southern Farmland zone. We also have two counties, Juneau
and Monroe, that contain Central Farmland and Central Forest
It is important to note the trends in each of these zones to
understand the status of the deer population and hunting
activity in each area. The deer population impacts our crop
land. Spending during the hunting season impacts our economies.
Analyzing the trends provide an overall indicator of wildlife
conservation and management efforts.
Overall, the counties of the 17th Senate District each saw an
increase in the deer harvest this season. This cannot be said
for other parts of the state where trends indicate that we have
a significant problem with herd management. Throughout the
Northern Forest zone counties, the harvest numbers decreased
from last year; some of them significantly.
Herd management includes everything from the number of tags made
available to managing predatory species to the impact of weather
and food resources. The DNR will continue to use this new data
to assess the herd management throughout the state and recommend
changes to current practices. Analyzing the data we collected
this year will be combined with anecdotal evidence to improve
our practices and hunting in Wisconsin.
As your State Senator, I think the new registration process has
been a positive change for hunting in Wisconsin. I found the
registration process to be very straightforward and easy.
Registering online, from the field, on my phone, saved time and
I also appreciate that we are able to know a lot about the hunt
very quickly because all of the data was submitted
electronically to the DNR. For people like me, this information
is extremely interesting and helpful as we work to improve our
practices and programs throughout the state.
Sen. Howard Marklein tags a doe in Spring
Green during the 2015 Gun Deer Season
There are several limited deer hunting seasons that are still
open this winter for bow, muzzleloader and a 4-day antlerless
hunt. For more information, please visit the DNR’s website for
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2015-16 Blue Books
The 2015-16 Blue Books have arrived at the Capitol! If you would
like one, please let me know, I would be happy to make sure you
receive a blue book.
In the District
Welcome to the Capitol, Shullsburg High School!
This week, I was able to welcome faculty and students from
Shullsburg High School to the Capitol with Representative Todd
Novak. I joined them on the Capitol steps for a photo and discussion
before they took a tour and learned more about the history of
our great Capitol.
Thanks for coming,
Shullsburg High School!
Wisconsin Local Employment and Unemployment Estimates
The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) released the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) estimates of unemployment and
employment statistics for metro areas, major cities and counties
in Wisconsin. The estimates include revisions for September 2015
and preliminary estimates for October 2015.
The following table shows the local unemployment rates from
October 2015 and October 2014 for the counties in our district.
*Source: Department of Workforce Development
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