Buck walking through the prairie

Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge is nestled along the Mississippi River in western Wisconsin. The 6,446-acre refuge lies within the Mississippi Flyway. The picturesque drive along the Great River Road National Scenic Byway entices travelers along the way. The refuge is an isolated backwater, cut off from the Mississippi and Trempealeau Rivers by dikes.

The refuge includes two hunting zones, the North Zone and the South Zone. A refuge permit is required for all hunting activities in the South Zone and special conditions apply. In the North Zone, refuge land is open to public hunting, and a refuge permit is not required for hunting activities. 

 

2022 Deer Early Archery Hunt Permits and Information

Dates: September 17 through November 18, 2022
The season dates for the refuge early archery hunt are September 17th through November 18th, 2022. Hunters may download an early archery permit application or pick up at the Refuge Office and send the completed application, signed permit, and a $10 processing fee to the refuge. Office hours are Tuesday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Applications can 
either be submitted by mail, placed in the drop box at the Refuge maintenance shop or handed in at the front desk during office hours. The drop box is a mail slot on the three-stall garage. There is a sign indicating it is the area to drop off applications.  Applications will be placed in a random drawing and selected hunters will be notified. Only selected bow hunters will be permitted to hunt in the refuge. Special regulations apply. Please read all information on the permit and fact sheets carefully. The application deadline is 4:00 pm on August 31, 2022.  UPDATE: The drawing will be held on Friday September 2nd to account for slower mail delivery.

All Early Archery Related Documents

General Special Use Permit

 

2022 Deer Gun Hunt Permits and Information  

Dates: November 19, 2022 - November 27, 2022
Hunters may apply to hunt on the refuge during the Wisconsin Nine-Day firearms season (November 19, 2022 - November 27, 2022). Hunters may download a Nine-Day Gun Deer Hunt Application pick up at the Refuge Office and send the completed application, signed permit, and a $10 processing fee to the refuge. Office hours are Tuesday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Applications can either be submitted by mail, placed in the drop box at the Refuge maintenance shop or handed in at the front desk during office hours. The drop box is a mail slot on the three-stall garage.
There is a sign indicating it is the area to drop off applications. Applications will be placed in a random drawing. Special regulations apply. Read all application information carefully. Only permitted hunters for the gun hunt will be allowed to hunt. The application deadline is 4:00 pm on September 16, 2022.

2022 Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge Gun Deer Hunt Fact Sheet and Application Instructions 

2022 Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge Gun Deer Hunt Application 

SUP Application 

General Special Use Permit

When deer hunting on Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge we encourage deer hunters to use lead free (lead-free) ammunition. Ammunition containing lead can break apart leaving dangerous pieces of lead in the gut piles and carcasses of deer. Eagles and other wildlife eat these remains and can become very sick or even die. It only takes a small amount of lead to make an eagle sick, please do your part by making the switch to lead free ammunition.

 

2022 Waterfowl Hunt for Persons With Disabilities

Dates: Saturday October 15 – Friday October 21, 2022.
This year Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge will offer the opportunity to hunt the River Bottoms tract from Saturday October 15 – Friday October 21, 2022.  This portion of the Refuge will be closed to other public use and hunters will be provided with a code to access the property.  There will be an accessible porta-potty stationed for daily use and a warming shelter to get out of the weather, if needed.

To participate in this special refuge hunt, all applicants must have a Wisconsin Class A or C Disabled Hunting Permit, a current Wisconsin issued small game license, 2022 State & Federal Duck Stamps, and a completed application.  This hunt is limited to 14 participants. If more than 14 applications are received by the deadline (October 7, 2022), a random drawing will be held.

Hunters and assistants may download the application package or pick one up at the Refuge Office. Please send the completed application and signed permit to the refuge or you can drop it off at the office during office hours Tuesday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  After hours you can place it in the drop box at the Refuge maintenance shop which is a mail slot on the three-stall garage. There is a sign indicating it is the area to drop off applications.

Hunter Application Package
Assistant Application Package

Interested hunters or assistants may contact Hallie Rasmussen for more details or questions at 608-779-2392 or email Hallie_rasmussen@fws.gov  (TTY users may call via the Wisconsin State Relay Service at 1-800-947-3529). To request an application by mail, write to Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge, W28488 Refuge Road, Trempealeau, Wisconsin 54661.

 

2022-23 Late Archery Permits and Information

Dates: Monday November 28, 2022 - Thursday January 8, 2023. 
The season dates for the refuge late archery are November 28, 2022, through January 8, 2023. Late archery permit applications will be available beginning November 15th, 2022. Applications can be downloaded or picked up at the Refuge Office. Applications can either be mailed or placed in the drop box at the Refuge maintenance shop. The drop box is a mail slot on the three-stall garage. There is a sign indicating it is the area to drop off applications. Late archery hunters should complete and submit an application with a $10 processing fee to the refuge. Special regulations apply. Please read all information on the permit and fact sheets carefully. The application deadline is 3:30 pm December 14, 2022.

2022 Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge Archery Deer Hunting Fact Sheet and Application Instructions

2022 Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge Late Archery Application