Nature area wants hunters to reduce deer

KAUKAUNA, Wis. (AP)- A Kaukauna environmental center is allowing bow hunters to harvest deer this fall in an effort to promote new tree growth.

The 1000 Islands Environmental Center will allow licensed bow hunters to harvest deer from its upper woods for three weeks in September and October.

Debra Nowak, naturalist for 1000 Islands, tells Post-Crescent Media their canopy is too crowded and a lot of sunlight doesn't get to the forest floor. She says thinning a canopy won't yield new growth unless they cull the population of deer that feed there.

Nowak says the hunt would be a first for Kaukauna. She says 1000 Islands modeled its rules and regulations after Little Chute, which has held successful deer hunts in recent years.

Thirty qualified hunters will be selected by lottery.

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