Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge offers trapping units for muskrat and beaver during the Wisconsin trapping seasons.
Bidding for the units take place during a trapping auction in late September annually. A press release is submitted usually the week before in all local area newspapers and on this website. There are fifteen muskrat units and four beaver units available for bid. Trappers must show a current Wisconsin state trapping license when registering to bid. Bids will start at $40.00 per unit and trappers must be present at the auction to bid. Payment for units is due at the close of the auction.
Muskrat units are also available for bid for both Youth (18 years of age and younger) and Senior Citizen (65 years of age and older), free of charge. If you would like to enter in the drawing for these units, you must be present for bidding and provide a current Wisconsin trapping license and proof of age.
Interested trappers may inspect the trapping units prior to the auction date. Trapping unit history and maps are available at the refuge office.