Apply for refuge special use permits remotely


In consideration of the on-going COVID 19 pandemic, in 2020, the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge will be issuing special use permits and trap tags remotely only. No special use permits or trap tags will be issued in person at refuge offices. All permits will be issued through the mail. Special use permit applications are available online at

If you are interested in trapping on the refuge in 2020/2021 please:

•    1) Complete all the highlighted sections of the special use permit application and sign the application on line 31.

•    2) Sign line 12 of the special use permit.

•    3) Prepare a check or money order made out to “U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service” in the amount of $30 if you are an adult or $5 if you are under the age of 18. Do not send cash; only a personal check or money order will be accepted.

•    4) Place items one through three in a stamped and addressed envelope and mail to the appropriate district office:

For pools 4, 5, 5A and 6 — Winona District, 102 Walnut Street, suite 205, Winona, Minn., 55987

For pools 7 and 8 — La Crosse District, N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, Wis., 54650

For pools 9, 10 and 11 — McGregor District, 470 Cliffhaven Road, Prairie du Chien, Wis., 53821

For pools 12, 13 and 14 — Savanna District, 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson, Ill., 61285

Upon receipt of your application package, refuge staff will review your application for completeness. If determined to be complete and you are in “good standing” (i.e. no recent violations of fish and game laws, compliance with submission of last year’s fur catch report) they will sign the special use permit and return the permit with 40 trap tags to you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Deputy Refuge Manager, Tim Yager, at 507-450-3283.

Additional information may be found in the refuge’s Furbearer Management Plan available on the web at or by contacting one of the district offices.


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