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State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

DNR taking on biggest whitetail research studies ever

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Last week, I blogged about Operation Deer Watch that begins soon in Wisconsin

The program asks Wisconsin residents to supply information to an online website that will help track the state’s deer population.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking for more assistance from the public in two other studies examining buck and fawn mortality rates. At a price tag of $2 million, the studies represent the most ever spent in Wisconsin on whitetail research. Landowners and hunters in Shawano, Waupaca and Outagamie counties the Clam Lake area are being asked for their cooperation.

Radio telemetry and ear tags will be utilized to track 150 bucks in each of the study areas mentioned above as part of the buck mortality study. Beginning in January 2011, box and netted cage traps and helicopter netting will capture the bucks during a four-year study that could be expanded.

A fawn mortality study starting during May 2011 will last two years, trapping 50 fawns each spring. Their mortality rates will be analyzed until the hunting season begins.  For the purpose of the study, fawns are defined as any deer six months old or younger. Hunters are concerned predatory animals have decimated the state’s herd.

Key to the studies is public cooperation. The Appleton Post-Crescent notes, “Many of the state's hunters have questioned the DNR's ability to accurately calculate deer populations, particularly after the DNR said it miscalculated the overall population by about 50 percent after a severe winter in 2007 and 2008. At hearings the past two years throughout the state, hunters have reported seeing far fewer deer in most deer management units, and some have threatened to close their land to all hunters and boycott the 2010 season.”

More information about the DNR studies can be found here.

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