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. For general hunting regulations and hunt zone boundary info, please see https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Trempealeau/visit/rules_and_regulations.html

2022 Early Archery 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.

2022 Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge Early Archery Fact Sheet and Application Instructions

2022 Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge Early Archery Application

SUP Application

General Special Use Permit