Nacogdoches, TX – After years of hunter frustration over the deer management policies, the State of Wisconsin has turned to one of the industry’s most respected authorities on whitetail deer. Dr. James C. Kroll (aka ‘Dr. Deer’) has been appointed as the state’s first Deer Trustee to help manage the state’s deer herd.
Dr. Kroll will conduct an objective, scientific study of Wisconsin deer management practices and work to restore soured relations between the state’s hunters and the Department of Natural Resources.
“Wisconsin is well-known for its outdoor traditions, and I’m excited to be working alongside wildlife officials and sportsmen to help ensure Wisconsin’s hunting heritage exists for many generations to come,” says Dr. James Kroll, who also serves as the director of the Institute for Whitetailed Deer Management and Research at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU). “From land fragmentation to habitat to general health, our research will be reviewing all influences on Wisconsin’s deer herd and we’ll be actively looking for input from hunters across the state.”
Dr. Kroll will hold a series of ‘listening sessions’ in the coming months to hear the opinions and concerns of Wisconsin sportsmen.
“A management plan based on science is definitely the correct approach, but part of that science is social science and we need to listen to the landowners and the hunters in the field,” says Dr. Kroll. “The habitat and management needs can vary greatly in different parts of the state and, for a proper management plan, we need to account for all of those unique conditions.”
The director of the Institute for White-tailed Deer Management and Research and Henry M. Rockwell Chair of Forestry, Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU), Dr. Kroll has authored more than 300 technical and popular articles, ten books and numerous videos. Over the past three decades, he has appeared on TNN, ESPN, the Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, Wild TV and Pursuit Channel, winning two awards for his Dr. Deer contributions. He appears weekly on North American Whitetail TV, and stars in Winchester presents Dr. Deer.
Dr. Kroll has also recently introduced his all-new Dr. Deer Management System, the industry’s first automated deer management consulting service. Developed in partnership with GMS, the Dr. Deer Management System helps hunters and land owners keep accurate records on their hunting properties and receive a professional analysis and consultation by Dr. Kroll within just a few hours. The program provides more than 27 different reports, year-to-year comparisons as well as geographical analysis for property and production quality. For more information on the Dr. Deer Management System, visit www.DrDeer.com.