Resource Management

Resource Management


The Refuge is managed primarily for migratory birds, which need a variety of habitats for feeding, courtship, and nesting. Many other species benefit too. Management practices include manipulating water levels in 17 individual Refuge impoundments, prescribed fire, and invasive species control.

Horicon NWR Water Management Units (Impoundments) Map

Trapping Occurs on this Refuge

Trapping is a wildlife management tool used on some national wildlife refuges. Trapping may be used to protect endangered and threatened species or migratory birds or to control certain wildlife populations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also views trapping as a legitimate recreational and economic activity when there are harvestable surpluses of fur-bearing mammals. Outside of Alaska, refuges that permit trapping as a recreational use may require trappers to obtain a refuge special use permit. Signs are posted on refuges where trapping occurs. Contact the refuge manager for specific regulations.  Click here for more information.