Smith: Hunters and severe winters – not wolves – key to Wisconsin’s deer numbers

When it comes to gray wolves and white-tailed deer, there are enough deep-seated beliefs to fill the Dells of the Wisconsin River.Some of them, like many of the acts in the nearby town, are based more on fiction than fact.—Here’s one: The wolves are killing all the deer in northern Wisconsin.It’s not a new refrain, but it’s one I continue to hear from some of my hunting colleagues each year.Now in late summer 2017, as bucks begin to lose their velvet and wolf pups start to venture out more with adults, conditions are ripe to discuss trends in both species.In a word, both are “up.”There are 480,273 deer in the 18-county northern forest management zone, according to the 2017 pre-hunt population estimate from the Department of Natural Resources.

Source: Smith: Hunters and severe winters – not wolves – key to Wisconsin’s deer numbers

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