By Baxter Colburn
Plum Island, located off the tip of Door County, is ripe with deer. Usually something like this is a good problem to have for avid hunters, however, this current influx of deer is causing big problems for the little island. Dustin Hoffman from the US Fish and Wildlife Service is part of the group putting a plan in motion to slow down this increasing population.
The plan to help limit the population centers around sending groups of dedicated hunters to the island to tag and kill the required 30 deer. Hunters must apply to be considered for the random drawing taking place on September 10th at Washington Island’s Rutledge Room.
Since the coast guard left the island back in the mid 90’s, the deer have had less human intervention to slow them down. Hoffman believes this initiative will be a positive move for the island to aid in the needed tree growth.
For application instructions and Special Use Permit Application forms, visit the Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge website. Hover over the “Visit” link near the top of the page, and click on the “Permits” link. https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Gr