FITCHBURG, Wis – The Department of Natural Resources will host four deer management Open Houses in south central Wisconsin to discuss deer herd status and possible hunting season framework changes in its chronic wasting disease (CWD) Zones.

The Open Houses are as follows:

  • February 26 at Milton, Town Hall, 23 First St., 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • February 28 at Fitchburg, DNR South Central Region Hdqtrs., 3911 Fish Hatchery Rd., 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • March 1 at Dodgeville, Dodger Bowl, 318 King St., 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • March 5 at Prairie du Sac, Grand Avenue Elementary School, 225 Grand Ave., 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Agency biologists will discuss results from the 2006 hunting seasons, population estimates (if available), and deer hunting prospects in area deer management units (DMU’s) of the CWD Disease Eradication Zone (DEZ) and the much larger Herd Reduction Zone (HRZ).

Discussion will also focus on changing the season length, pre-qualification for buck stickers and earn-a-buck in the CWD Zones.