Green Notes: Deer Control on Plum Island

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is partnering with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to implement a Nuisance Deer Control Program on Plum Island. Controlling the overabundance of deer there will have a positive effect on forest regeneration and the rare plant community of this alvar ecosystem. Hunters will harvest a maximum of 30 deer to meet the program’s conservation objectives.

The application period will end Aug. 31, 4 pm. Email completed applications to [email protected], or mailed them to Plum Island Hunt Application, Horicon NWR, W4279 Headquarters Road, Mayville, WI 53050. 

Hunters can apply to harvest deer during these six-day periods: Oct. 13-18 and 20-25; Nov. 3-8, 10-15 and 24-29; and Dec. 1-6, 8-13 and 22-27. A drawing will be held Sept. 2 at the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge; applicants will be notified by Sept. 4 if they were drawn for a hunt period.