Contact(s): Chris Cole, DNR wildlife technician, 920-210-1641
MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold a public trapping auction at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center Wednesday, Oct. 4.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. to provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and review information. The auction will begin promptly at 6 p.m. USFWS and DNR personnel will review trapping seasons and regulations, unit boundaries, special conditions/restrictions pertaining to each individual unit, trapping reports, as well as other information with successful bidders.
All USFWS and DNR trapping units will be sold to the highest bidder with a limit of one unit per trapper. Bidders must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the auction. Trappers who are bidding must be present at the auction and will be required to make full payment at that time. Both USFWS and DNR reserve the right to reject any or all bids.
The Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area, managed by DNR staff, will offer 10 wetland units during the 2017-18 trapping season. An additional unit will be also be set aside for any interested youth (between the ages of 12 to 17) or disabled (must possess a disabled hunting permit) trappers. The trapping season for all wetland and upland units on Horicon State Wildlife Area will run from Oct. 28, 2017 through March 15, 2018.
Upland trapping permits will also be available, at no charge for those interested who possess a valid trapping license. Interested trappers are encouraged to scout the units prior to the auction and may do so, by foot or boat, at any time.
The Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, managed by USFWS staff, will offer 11 dike/marsh units for bid at the auction. In addition, upland trapping will be offered to any interested trapper, at no charge. An additional unit will be also be set aside for any interested youth (between the ages of 12 to 17) or disabled (must possess a disabled hunting permit) trappers. Two trappers will be randomly drawn for trapping in this area, at no charge. The drawing will be held at the auction. Trappers do not have to be present at the drawing. As a reminder, seniors must be 62 years of age or older and trappers with disabilities must have a disabled hunting permit from the DNR.
For all units including dike, marsh, and upland the trapping season will be as follows, and trappers must follow state regulations for start dates for specific species:
The Horicon National Wildlife Refuge will be open Tuesday, Oct. 3 and Wednesday, Oct. 4, during daylight hours only, to all trappers who wish to scout areas of the Refuge that will be open to trapping. Interested trappers must obtain a permit at the Refuge Office/Visitor Center, located near County Road Z (W4279 Headquarters Road, Mayville) before accessing the units. A scouting permit can also be obtained by emailing a request to the refuge contact provided. Scouting permits can be picked up or received via email on weekdays from Sept. 25 through Oct. 4.
USFWS will accept payments by check, money order, debit card, or credit card (no cash will be accepted), while DNR will only accept checks or cash.
The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located between Horicon and Mayville on Highway 28. The full address is N7725 Hwy 28, Horicon, WI 53032.
More details regarding the 2017/2018 Horicon Marsh trapping season are available for both the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge (exit DNR) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource's State Wildlife Area.