Trapping Permits

By: News Release
Sep 28th, 2018

Availability of Trapping Permits for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that Refuge special use permits and trap tags for the 2018-2019 furbearer trapping season on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge will be issued beginning October 1, 2018 at the following locations:

Savanna District, 7071 Riverview Rd, Thomson, IL

Phone: 815-273-2732

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Trap tags will be issued beginning on October 9, 2018 at the following locations:

Winona District, 51 East 4th Street, Room 203, Winona, MN

Phone 507-454-7351

Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

La Crosse District, N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, WI

Phone 608-779-2399

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

McGregor District, 470 Cliffhaven Road, Prairie du Chien, WI

Phone 608-326-0515

Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

*If traveling from a long distance please call and confirm that staff will be in the office to issue tags.

Regulations require that trappers possess a Refuge permit and trap tags to trap furbearers on the Refuge. Trap tags must be obtained in person and trappers must have a valid 2018-2019 state trapping license in their possession when obtaining trap tags. Wisconsin residents must provide printed proof of trapping privileges at time of application.  Refuge employees do not have access the WIDNR electronic system to verify privileges via conservation card or driver's license.

Each trapper will receive 40 trap tags with their permit. All traps placed on the Refuge must have a tag attached. Refuge trapping permits are issued for a fee of $30.00 for trappers 18 years or older and $5.00 for trappers under age 18. Only cash and checks can be accepted.

Trappers who did not return their fur catch report for the 2017-2018 seasons will not be issued a trapping permit for this year.

Additional information can be found in the Refuge’s Furbearer Management Plan available on the web at or by contacting one of the District offices.