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Refuge trapping permits available Oct. 15
Sep 27, 2019 08:23 ET

(Reprinted from above link)

THOMSON, Ill. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that Refuge trapping permits and trap tags for the 2019-2020 furbearer trapping season on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge will be issued from the Savanna District Office beginning Oct. 15.

Each trapper will receive 40 trap tags with their permit.

The Savanna District Office is located at 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Trap tags must be obtained in person and trappers must have a valid 2019-2020 state trapping license and habitat stamp in their possession when obtaining trap tags.

Wisconsin residents must provide printed proof of trapping privileges at the time of application. Refuge employees do not have access to the WIDNR electronic system to verify privileges via conservation card or driver’s license. All traps placed on the Refuge must have a tag attached. Refuge trapping permits are issued for a fee of $30 for trappers 18 years or older and $5 for trappers under age 18. Only cash will be accepted.

Trappers who did not return their fur catch report for the 2018-2019 season will not be issued a new trapping permit. Additional information can be found in the Refuge’s Furbearer Management Plan available on the web at

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is the most visited refuge in the United States. The refuge extends 261 miles along the Upper Mississippi River from Wabasha, Minnesota to Princeton, protecting and preserving habitat for migratory birds, fish, and a variety of other wildlife.