Nuisance Deer Control Program Continues on Plum Island

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are continuing the Nuisance Deer Control Program on Plum Island.

Sustaining healthy forest habitats is a primary goal for the refuge, but overabundant deer contribute to overbrowsing on forest understory plants. This alters stand regeneration, species composition and overall forest communities. 

A maximum of 30 deer will be available for harvest by public hunters to meet the program’s objectives. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, and each must complete and sign a special-use permit application to be eligible for the random drawing. Permit holders will be notified how many tags remain to be filled prior to their hunt period, and they will be allowed to take up to eight people with them.

Completed applications must be received by 4 pm on Sept. 8. Email them to [email protected], or mail them to Horicon NWR, Attention: Plum Island Hunt Application, W4279 Headquarters Road, Mayville, WI 53050. 

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