STEVENS POINT - It's no secret in Wisconsin: deer hunters and the DNR don't always get along.
But now, the Department of Natural Resources is looking for your input to improve the deer hunt and the herd in Wisconsin.
"There's been an adversarial effect recently and we need to start working with them," said Andy Pantzlaff of the Wisconsin Sportsman Council.
Here at UW Stevens Point, hunters from around the state have a seat at the table this Saturday.
On the agenda: finding ways to work through the deer trustee's report, together.
"We all grow comfortable in the way we've done things. But change is also good," said Tom Hauge, a wildlife management biologist with the DNR.
This meeting is the first of seven workshops hosted by the DNR this spring.
Sportsmen, wildlife preservationists, and the general public are encouraged to bring their ideas on how to help the deer herd and hunters.
"Wisconsin has a world class deer herd and we have a great deer hunting opportunities but it doesn't mean we can't get better at what we do," said Hauge.
Andy Pantzlaff is from Maribel. He's representing the Wisconsin Sportsman Council. He says besides better chronic wasting disease control, more can be done to trust hunter's observations of the deer they see on their own property.
"We are definitely seeing a more open approach with the department on getting this taken care of," said Pantzlaff.
The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation representative from Oconto County says he's also pleased with the progress.
"There has to be a little give and take on both sides, not only with the department but with the sportsmen and I think if there's a better understanding of what lies ahead for the future of the deer herd in Wisconsin, that this will help everybody work together a lot better," said Ralph Fritsch.
Working together, to preserve a past-time and a beautiful part of Wisconsin's outdoors.
All sessions right now are scheduled to take place at UW-Stevens Point. Future meetings will be on April 6 and 27, May 18, June 8 and 29, and July 20.
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