MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Wisconsin officials are asking residents to keep a tally of deer they see in daylight hours.

 

The state is kicking of Operation Deer Watch on Friday. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says data reported by the public help monitor deer reproduction and determine the population size.

 

The department says this season's count is especially important. State wildlife supervisor Jeff Pritzl says the 2013 doe-to-fawn ratio dropped 13 percent statewide from 2012.

 

Wisconsin residents are asked to keep track of categories such as bucks, does with fawns and lone fawns. Surveys can be submitted on the department's website.

 

The totals will be tallied on a county-wide basis for the first time.