Wednesday, December 06, 2006

WISCONSIN NEWS: Audit of Deer Census Techniques Concluded

Rooney's note: Will this satisfy the subpopulation of hunters who think the DNR can't count deer? Probably not--look for another taxpayer-funded audit in 6-10 years.

A scientific panel says that when it comes to counting deer, the state DNR is doing a pretty accurate job.

The deer estimates the DNR issues are often greeted with skepticism by hunters who say the agency is over estimating.

But preliminary results from the study panel from elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada show the DNR’s estimate is the best available, given the current understanding of the species.

The DNR estimated there were about 1.7 million deer in the state herd going into this fall's hunt.

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