Plum Island Nuisance Deer Control Program

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is partnering with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to continue the Nuisance Deer Control Program on Plum Island. Controlling the deer population to sustain healthy forest habitats is one of the primary biological goals for the refuge, but this program also achieves a secondary goal of providing recreational hunting opportunities.

A maximum of 30 deer may be harvested to meet the program’s conservation objectives. Applicants must be 18 or older to apply, and they must complete and sign a special-use permit application to be eligible for the random drawing. 

Hunt periods for 2022 will last five days, followed by a two-day rest period. Permit holders will be told prior to their hunt period how many tags remain to be filled. When all 30 of the nuisance tags have been filled, subsequent groups will be notified, and the 2022 program will end. Permit holders will be allowed to take up to eight people with them to hunt. 

Applications must be received by Sept. 20, 4 pm, by email to [email protected]; or by mail to Green Bay NWR, Attention: Plum Island Hunt Application, 2661 Scott Tower Dr., New Franken, WI 54229. Direct questions to Joel Vos at 920.948.4988.

Applicants will be notified by email and phone by Sept. 27 if they were drawn for a hunt period. Find out more at