General Guidelines

The main general trapping guidelines include the following:

  • Bag limits are not subject to restriction, except for river otters.
  • All snares and traps must be examined, and all trapped game animals removed once each day.
  • All foot-encapsulating or foothold traps set on land should have not less than two swiveling points.
  • The covering of foothold set on land must be practiced.
  • Submerged foothold traps must not contain an inside jaw spread exceeding 8-1/4 inches.
  • Deadfalls are illegal
  • The setting of foothold traps with an inside jaw spread exceeding 5-3/8 inches is prohibited.
  • Foothold traps exceeding 5-3/8 inches but not more than six inches can be used provided their swiveling points are at least three and the surface for gripping exceeds 5/16 inch.
  • No snares or trap shall be set within a distance of 150 feet of people’s occupied residence without giving clear advice to the residents.
  • Body-gripping traps set in a tile, den, burrow or any other place on land must not contain a jaw spread with an inside diameter exceeding 5 inches.
  • Body-gripping traps that contain a jaw spread with an inside diameter exceeding 5 inches, but not more than 7 inches, can be used to capture aquatic animals by setting them in a natural body of water.
  • Body-gripping traps containing a jaw spread with an inside diameter exceeding 7 inches should be entirely submerged and should only be used during river otter or beaver season.
  • All captured furbearers must be released instantaneously at the site they were captured or killed immediately, which reduces them to hunter’s possession.
  • It is not permitted to disturb a legally laid snare or trap or interfere with a furbearer or game animal trapped by another person without his consent.
  • All fresh baits shall be completely covered.
  • The gripping surface of traps shall not have teeth.