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Trapping

Regulated harvest through trapping seasons is an important management tool needed to control populations and damage that furbearer species can cause. Trapping seasons are typically designed to allow the harvest of furbearers during the fall and winter when the pelts are prime, and they are less likely to have dependent young. Furbearers with a harvest season include: badger, beaver, bobcat, mink, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, red fox, gray fox, striped skunk and long-tailed weasels.

Successful completion of a hunter education course is not required for trapping; however the links below will help teach new trappers the basics.

More information about furbearers can be found on the Furbearer page. For furbearer hunting and trapping season dates, refer to the most recent Hunting Guide.

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