Join Operation Deer Watch

Wisconsin State Farmer
The Wisconsin DNR Operation Deer Watch runs Aug. 1 - Sept. 30.

MADISON - Operation Deer Watch, an annual citizen-science survey that collects information on deer, gives Wisconsin residents a great opportunity to assist with deer herd management efforts. 

Data from this survey provides insight to the reproductive status of Wisconsin's deer herd for 2017 and helps shape deer management for the state.

To get involved, record all bucks, does and fawns seen during the day from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30. Daily observations can be tracked using an online tally sheet found at, keyword "deer watch." 

"This is a fun and useful opportunity for everyone to enjoy Wisconsin's plentiful wildlife," said Brian Dhuey, Department of Natural Resources surveys coordinator. "The Department of Natural Resources encourages anyone interested in deer, from hunters and trappers to outdoor enthusiasts, to take part." 

Data from the survey is also used by County Deer Advisory Councils to develop deer season framework, harvest quotas and permit level recommendations.