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Forest Management for Wildlife Certificate

Forest Management for White-Tailed Deer

This workshop will dive into the habitat requirements of white-tailed deer and how to incorporate their needs into forest management plans. Through a combination of presentations and field tours, we will cover:

  • Basic deer ecology, including habitat requirements and how those requirements vary seasonally
  • How to use silvicultural treatments to increase forage production and where/when they are appropriate
  • Where and how to incorporate cover to meet the year-round needs of deer
  • How to account for deer home range size within forest management plans


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Registration Fee


Registration Deadline


Cancellation Policy

Requests received prior to the registration deadline will be granted a full refund. No refunds will be granted to requests received after the registration deadline. To receive a refund, a request must be made to the Wisconsin Forestry Center.

Target Audience

This workshop is designed for professional foresters. It counts toward the Forest Management for Wildlife Certificate.

Workshop Agenda

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Continuing Education Credit

The workshop counts towards the Forest Management for Wildlife Certificate program and has been pre-approved for the following:




Mike Demchik

Professor of Silviculture, UW-Stevens Point

Michael Demchik is a professor of forestry at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He teaches a wide range of courses at UWSP and is involved in research that addresses using silviculture to reach landowner goals. He is particularly obsessed with developing methods to teach students to mark timber better, faster, and with more confidence in their decisions. He has had several jobs across federal, state, and private natural resource management in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Scott Hygnstrom

Director, Wisconsin Center for Wildlife

Scott Hygnstrom is director of the Wisconsin Center for Wildlife at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Scott focuses on extension, creating opportunities for students, professionals, and the public that increase skills and knowledge of wildlife science. Scott also teaches several courses at UW-Stevens Point, including Ungulate Ecology and Living with Wildlife. Scott’s research, teaching, and extension efforts often revolve around managing wildlife-human conflicts, and on white-tailed deer. 

Aaron Kohn

Tax Law Forestry Specialist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Aaron Kohn grew up in northern Wisconsin and spent much of his early years outdoors, recreating, and hunting. This passion for the outdoors lead him to study Forest Management at UW-Stevens Point. Upon graduation Aaron worked as a consulting forester in central Wisconsin for 3 years. He then worked for the DNR doing regeneration monitoring for the 2022 summer field season. In the spring of 2023, he was then hired on full time with the DNR as a Tax Law Forestry Specialist covering Pepin, Pierce, and St. Croix Counties out of the Baldwin office. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, recreating outdoors, hunting, and fishing.​​​​​​

Ally Magnin

Assistant Deer and Elk Specialist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Ally Magnin is the Assistant Deer and Elk Specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. She grew up in Northeast Wisconsin where deer hunting and outdoor recreation sparked her interest in Wildlife Management. She studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then started with the Department in 2018 utilizing trail cameras for wildlife research. She now enjoys working for the statewide deer program, where she organizes public input opportunities and coordinates a special hunt for hunters with disabilities. In addition to hunting and fishing, she enjoys birding and mountain biking. 

Matt Molback

Tax Law Forestry Specialist, Dunn and Chippewa Counties, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Matt Molback is the Wisconsin DNR Tax Law Forestry Specialist for Dunn and Chippewa counties. Matt works with landowners enrolled in the Managed Forest Law (MFL) and Forest Crop Law programs. His duties include administrating the programs and helping facilitate sound forestry on tax law lands. Matt has been a forester with the Wisconsin DNR for 16 years.

Matt Esser

Private Lands Deer and Habitat Biologist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources