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Operation Deer Watch

Beginning August 1, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking for the public’s help in estimating the state’s deer herd as part of Operation Deer Watch. The public is encouraged to report to the DNR all deer observed until September 30 via the online Operation Deer Watch reporting program. The public’s reporting is one of the factors that contributes to the DNR’s wildlife biologists’ population estimates. Hunters throughout the state have expressed concerns that the DNR’s deer management and population estimates have been inaccurate for the past several hunting seasons. By participating in Operation Deer Watch, the public has the opportunity to take an active part in improving the accuracy of the deer herd count. For more information about Operation Deer Watch, click on the link above.