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2012-2013 Beaver & Otter Trapping Regulations and Permit Information

2012-2013 Beaver/Otter Trapping Season Booklet (pdf, 200kb)

Permits obtained from the Division of Fish and Wildlife are required to trap beaver and/or otter. The application period is October 1 - 31 annually. Beaver Permits cost a total of $17.00 ($15.00 permit fee and $2.00 application fee). There is only a $2.00 application fee for Otter Permits. Applicants who elect to have their permits mailed to them will have an addition fee applied.

The trapping season for beaver and otter is December 26, 2012 through February 9, 2013 inclusive, with the exception of beaver trapping on state Wildlife Management Areas where pheasant or quail are released. The duration of the trapping season for beaver on these 23 Wildlife Management Areas shall be January 1 through February 9, 2013, inclusive. If the anticipated harvest of beaver and/or otter has not been accomplished during this season, up to 14 additional days may be authorized by the Director.

A random drawing will be held to determine permit holders. Beaver permit holders will be given first opportunity for otter permits in their respective zones. Unclaimed permits may be issued over-the-counter. Only one application per person may be submitted.

Applicants will be notified of their results during the week of November 13, 2012. Beginning November 13, 2012 successful applicants can claim their awarded permit(s) at any license agent or via the license website. If both a beaver and an otter permit are awarded they must be claimed at the same time; trappers will not have the option of only claiming one. All awarded permits must be claimed prior to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2012. Unclaimed permits will get returned to the permit quota and become available for over-the-counter sales; unclaimed available permits will be posted on the website by December 9.

All unclaimed and un-awarded permits will go on sale beginning 10 a.m. on Monday, December 10, 2012. These over-the-counter sales are first-come/first-served. Permits can be purchased at license agents or via the license website.

Site-Specific Beaver Permits: Applicants may apply for one Site-Specific Beaver Permit. The total number of permits available shall not exceed 14. Site-specific Permits will be issued for specific locations or properties where the Division has determined that beaver damage or nuisance problems exist. A random drawing will be held to determine permit holders; however, applicants unsuccessful in obtaining the special permit through the random drawing will be given first opportunity. Permits will be valid only during the special beaver, trapping season.

Please refer to the NJ Beaver and Otter Trapping Season Information booklet for more information:

2012-2013 Beaver/Otter Trapping Season Booklet (pdf, 200kb)

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