Trapping Laws & Rules

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Reminders for the 2021-2022 Season

Mandatory Trapper Harvest Reports: See "Surveys" box

Biological Samples: Jaw or tooth must be presented when tagging a bobcat, fisher, marten, and otter - See Biological Samples

Online trapping license renewals + bear permit purchases: See Trapping License Information

Junior trapping (10-15 years) license for residents + nonresidents: See Trapping License Information

Beaver conflicts: See updates to Beaver Trapping

Bear registration: See Bear Trapping for updates related to laws regarding registration.

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2021-2022 Trapping Season

Beaver trapping season dates as well as open and closed areas are subject to change annually.

Season Area Season Dates
Early Fox & Coyote Statewide October 17, 2021 -
October 30, 2021
Early Muskrat WMDs 1-6 & 9-11 October 24, 2021 -
October 30, 2021
Beaver WMDs 1-4 October 17 2021 - April 30, 2022
WMDs 5, 6 & 8-11 October 24, 2021 - April 30, 2022
WMDs 7 & 12-29 October 24, 2021 - April 15, 2022
Bear Statewide September 1, 2021 - October 31, 2021
General Trapping (bobcat, coyote, fisher, fox, mink, muskrat*, opossum, otter, raccoon, red squirrel, marten, skunk, weasel) Statewide October 31, 2021 - December 31, 2021

* See muskrat trapping for information on trapping muskrat after the general trapping season in areas where the beaver season is open.

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