Public Use Information

Green Bay NWR Public Events and Volunteer Days

Explore Plum Island's natural treasures and help the Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands with improvement projects.

Green Bay Events 2018

Plum Island Nuisance Deer Control Program

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, of the Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Currently, there is an overabundance of deer, which are impacting sensitive plant communities. Controlling the deer on Plum Island will have a positive impact on forest regeneration and the rare plant community of this alvar ecosystem. A maximum of 30 deer are able to be harvested to meet the conservation objectives of the nuisance deer program. There is not a limit to the number of tags each group may fill. When all 30 of the nuisance tags have been filled, all subsequent groups will be notified, and the nuisance control program will end for the year. There will be thirteen six day time periods between October 3rd to December 31st for which applicants may apply to harvest deer. For application instructions and special use permit information:

Location & Hours

Location & Hours

Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge consists of Hog Island, Plum Island, Pilot Island St. Martin Island, and Rocky Island. The islands are located in Lake Michigan, near Washington Island, off the tip of Wisconsin's Door County Peninsula. The refuge is managed by staff at the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Mayville, WI. Contact 920-387-2658 or Plum Island is open to public use Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend.

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About the Complex

Horicon Leopold Complex

Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Horicon Leopold Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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