Harvestable Species Plan
The enabling legislation for the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore directs park management to permit hunting, fishing, and trapping in accordance with the appropriate laws of Wisconsin and the United States. This same legislation also gives the park flexibility to "designate zones where, and establish periods when, no hunting, trapping, or fishing shall be permitted for reasons of public safety, administration, fish or wildlife management, or public use and enjoyment." This plan provides guidance specific to management of harvestable wildlife within the park. It does not address management of fish or other aquatic resources.
The park’s 2007 Wildlife Management Plan for Harvestable Species is in the process of being updated and expanded to include plant gathering and address changes to the legal status of certain wildlife species.
The purpose of the plan is to provide direction for managing harvestable species within Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (referred to as the Park). Harvestable species includes huntable and trappable wildlife, as well as plant species that can be gathered by the general public or tribal members as part of their treaty reserved rights.
Public review of the draft plan/environmental assessment is planned for early January, 2014.
2007 Wildlife Management Plan for Harvestable Species
- 2007 Finding of No Significant Impact (4.75mb pdf)
- Federal Law mandates Hunting and Trapping
- Managing Hunting and Trapping in the Apostle Islands (166kb pdf)
- White-tailed Deer in the Apostle Islands (125kb pdf)
- Windows into the Past (182kb pdf)
Did You Know?
Black bear populations on the islands have their ups and downs. Between 2002 and 2010 the bear population on Stockton Island fell from 26 to 13. More bears were found on Oak Island (18) than on Stockton, and the numbers on Sand Island almost doubled from 6 to 10 individuals during that time.