Wolf/Deer Talk and ICORE Annual Meeting

ICORE will hold its Annual Meeting at 5:00pm on Tuesday, October 24th at the Mercer Community Center. The meeting will be followed by a potluck dinner at 6:15pm and program at 7:00pm. All current and prospective members or members of the public are welcome to attend all or part of the evening's activities. 


The Wolf and Deer Populations in Northern Wisconsin, featuring Adrian Wydeven and Keith McCaffery

ICORE to present Wolf & Deer Population Dynamics program October 24

Mercer, WI – The Iron County Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts (ICORE) will present a program on “Wolf and Deer Population Dynamics in Wisconsin” on Tuesday, October 24 at 7:00pm, following their annual meeting and a potluck dinner.

The program will feature Adrian Wydeven and Keith McCaffery, retired Wisconsin wildlife biologists and experts on the topic of wolf and deer population management. Wydeven has over 35 years of experience in wildlife management and ecology, and headed the wolf program for the Wisconsin DNR for over 23 years. He is currently the chair of the Timber Wolf Alliance council and continues working on scientific papers on wolves. McCaffery was the Wisconsin State Deer Biologist and has extensive experience with research in deer population measurements and forest habitats. He continues to provide consultation services nationally.

The program will discuss the recovery of wolves across the state and especially into Iron County, examining the potential impact of wolves on deer, beaver, and the broader ecosystems. McCaffery will discuss the dynamics of deer populations with and without wolves, and review the deer population “bubble” of 1995-2007. Wydeven will discuss the recent wolf listings by federal government and future direction of wolf management across the state.

ICORE will hold their annual meeting at 5:00pm followed by a potluck dinner at 6:15pm and the wolf/deer program at 7:00pm. ICORE was established in 2015 as a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting silent sports activities and outdoor opportunities throughout Iron County, Wisconsin. In 2017, ICORE has sponsored hike, snowshoe, and bike activities; informational events; and trail maintenance at various locations in Iron County. Recently ICORE merged with the Iron County Regional Trail Committee working on trail projects in the Hurley and Montreal areas. Membership in ICORE is open to individuals, families, and businesses who want to support outdoor recreation in Iron County and the surrounding area. Members can join online at www.ironcountyoutdoors.org or at the annual meeting. 

The meeting, potluck, and program will be held at the Mercer Community Center, 2648 Margaret Street, Mercer, Wisconsin. Current and prospective members, as well as members of the public, are welcome to attend part or all of the evening’s activities. 

For more information, visit www.ironcountyoutoors.org or call ICORE President Martha Pierpont at 715-776-3993.



Adrian Wydeven grew up in northeastern Wisconsin in the Village of Kimberly. He attended UW-Stevens Point for his BS Degree and MS at Iowa State in wildlife management and wildlife ecology. Adrian worked as a wildlife biologists for Missouri Department of Conservation and Wisconsin DNR from 1980 through 2015, including heading up the Wisconsin wolf program from 1990 through 2013. During the last two years Adrian was the coordinator of the Timber Wolf Alliance at Northland College in Ashland. Currently Adrian serves as the chair for the Timber Wolf Alliance council, and continues to volunteer on wolf surveys, and continues working on scientific papers on wolves.

Keith McCaffery attended St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota and started with the Conservation Department as a deer research biologist in 1963. Most of his work was with deer population measurements and forest habitats. He also guided a 30-year ruffed grouse study and became Group Leader for the Forest Wildlife Research Group. He retired as State Deer Biologist in 2000 and continues to provide consultation services nationally.     


October 24, 2017 at 5pm - 8pm
Mercer Community Center
Martha Pierpont ·