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The Fish & Wildlife Service would like to remind everyone about Waterfowl Hunting Closed Areas and No Hunting Zones on the Refuge. These areas cover a small percentage of the Refuge and are subject to special regulations relating to access and waterfowl hunting.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that Refuge special use permits and trap tags for the 2016-2017 furbearer trapping season on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge will be issued beginning October 3, 2016
On Saturday, October 8, 2016 the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, in partnership with the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and the Upper Iowa Audubon Society, will host HawkWatch.
The Winona District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge invites you to celebrate the opening of a new water trail located on the Chippewa River near Nelson, WI.
We are soliciting bids for the exclusive commercial fishing permit on the Lost Mound Unit (formerly Savanna Army Depot), located in Carroll and Jo Daviess Counties, Illinois. The bid solicitation period extends from September 8-27, 2016. Sealed bids must be received by 4:00PM on September 27.
The Refuge advises waterfowl hunters that efforts to post the Wisconsin Open Water No Hunting Zone in Pool 11 have been hampered during the past few weeks due to high water levels. Federal law does not allow hunting in open water beyond 100 feet from shore near Potosi, Wisconsin from river mile 592.1 south to river mile 586.3 in Grant County. Waterfowl hunters are advised that no open water hunting is allowed in this area.
Under the provisions of the Refuge Revenue Sharing Act, payments totaling $167,864 were made in May to counties, cities and townships in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois for lands administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and managed as part of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and FishRefuge.
NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY: Compatibility Determinations (CDs) which evaluate various uses of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are available for public comment through October 1, 2016.
Local area youth, ages 5-12, are encouraged to pre-register now for Kids Fishing Day at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. A youth fishing clinic will be held at Frog Pond on September 10, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The Root River Habitat Enhancement Project is starting on July 18. The tract is an 825-acre block of land along the Root River east of Highway 26 that is managed by the Service as part of the Refuge.
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