A limited firearms deer hunt is planned for Plum Island between mid-October until late December. The controlled hunt is being coordinated between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which owns Plum Island, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. It's designed to harvest 30 of the estimated 40 deer now inhabiting the island. Refuge Manager Dustan Hoffman says the herd needs to be thinned to give rare plants and other vegetation a chance to regrow naturally.
Hoffman says the deer herd grew to an unmanageable size as more deer looking for food swam the shallow waters around Northport, Washington Island and Plum Island. Hoffman says by controlling the herd the Fish and Wildlife Service can develop a rare type of forest that can thrive on its own.
Permits for the nuisance deer hunt on Plum Island must mailed or emailed to the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge by 4:00 PM Wednesday October 9th. Completed applications should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to: Horicon NWR, W4279 Headquarters Road, Mayville, WI 53050.